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Tongass Aircraft Pilots Association BYLAWS

(Original) January 01, 2015



  • This Association shall be known as the Tongass Aircraft Pilots Association (TAPA) is a Safety Advisory group within the State of Alaska, with its principal office in the city of Ketchikan, State of Alaska.



  • The Board of Directors does not require dues from active membership or general membership at this time. 



  • This Association shall operate for fiscal purposes from the first day of January through the 31st day of December of each year.



The objective of this Association is the following:

  • To promote the aviation industry in the State of Alaska and elsewhere;

  • To promote the welfare of its Members by friendly association, cooperation and education to the end that valuable aid to the air carrier industry and to the community may thereby be developed;

  • To act as the medium for the expression of views of its Members on matters affecting the interests of those engaged in the air carrier industry and to distribute to its Members and the public accurate and reliable information on matters of transportation;

  • To provide educational support and assistance in all air carrier operation areas;

  • To do such things as may be proper to create and stimulate a fair and intelligent attitude on the part of the public and to encourage the passage of wise and just laws beneficial to the air carrier industry;

  • To settle and adjust differences among its Members where possible;

  • To inculcate a high standard of business integrity in all who are either directly or indirectly connected with the air carrier industry.



  • Bi-Annual Meetings of the Membership shall be held each year during the month(s) of March, April, September or October at a time and place to be established by the Board of Directors.  Notice of such meeting(s) shall be given in writing to all Members of the Association at least fifteen (15) days before the date of the meeting(s).  Educational conferences may be held in conjunction with the Bi-Annual Meeting(s).




  • No one shall be permitted the privilege of the floor for more than five (5) minutes at any meeting of the Association, or its Board of Directors meetings, without special permission of the Chairman.



  • Board of Directors:  The Board of Directors shall manage the affairs of the Association.  The membership of the Board of Directors shall be comprised of Seven Members, Six elected at large by the Active Membership, one General Member also elected by the Active Membership, and one current-Chairman in the event of a tie vote. 

  • Tenure of Office:  Directors shall hold office for two (2) year minimum.

  • Seating of Director:  All Directors shall be elected prior to a meeting of the Board of Directors after the Annual Meeting. Their term of office for the ensuing years will begin April 1st.

  • Vacancies:  Vacancies on the Board of Directors created by death, resignation, disqualification, or other cause shall be filled by a vote of the Board of Directors. The designee will fulfill duties until the next Annual Membership Meeting. 

  • Meetings:  The Board of Directors shall hold an organizational meeting after the Annual Meeting of the Association.  Other meetings shall be held upon the call of the Chairman.  At a minimum, two meetings will be held during the year.  Notice of such meeting shall be given in writing to each member of the Board of Directors at least two weeks before the day of such meeting. 

  • Quorum:  A two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum at any meeting. 

  • Removal:  A member of the Board of Directors may be removed by the Board of Directors for failure to attend two unexcused regular meetings of the Board of Directors or for just cause. 



  • Principal Officers: The Board of Directors shall consist of one Chairman and six Directors of the Association. Directors shall hold office for two (2) years.

  • Chairman:  The Chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Association.  He/she shall preside at the Annual Meeting of Members and at all meetings of the Board of Directors.  He/she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and have the responsibility of appointing such committees.



  • Any reputable person, firm, co-partnership, or corporation directly connected with or engaged in transportation of personnel or property by air from, to or between points in the State of Alaska, together with such other persons as may be engaged in different modes of transportation, shall be eligible for Membership in this Association.  Any eligible common carrier of persons or property may only become or remain a Member of the Association. The classes of Membership shall be as hereinafter provided.

  • Active Membership:  Any individual, partnership, corporation or other form of organization directly engaged in the transportation of persons or property by air in the State of Alaska shall be eligible for Active Membership in this Association.  Included are: a) Commercial fly-in sport fishing and hunting operations operating under Part 91;  b) certified air carriers operating under Parts 121, 125, 133, 135;  and c) Part 145.

  • General Membership: Any individual, partnership, corporation, or other form of business enterprise engaged in a business allied or related to, or otherwise interested in, transportation by air shall be eligible for General Membership in this Association. 

  • Application for Membership: Application for membership in the Association shall be made in such form as may be established by the Board of Directors.

  • Withdrawal or expulsion.  Any Member may withdraw from the Association by giving sixty (60) days written notice to the effective date of withdrawal.   

  • Authorized Representatives:  Every Member shall designate in writing an authorized representative or alternate representative to vote prior to the vote.



  • Active Members:  Each Active Member shall be entitled to one vote in the election of members of the Board of Directors and in all other matters related to the conduct of this Association.

  • General Members:  The General Membership shall be entitled to one seat on the Board of Directors. 

  • Method of Voting:  The right to vote shall be limited to the representative or alternate representative of the Member designated in accordance with Provision 9, Section F of these by-laws.  Voting on the election of the Board of Directors shall be by secret ballot. The Board of Directors may authorize mail or electronic ballot for any other business.

  • Voting:  All voting rights in this Association may be exercised by proxy.  All proxies shall be in writing and filed with the Secretary of the Association prior to the opening of any meeting.  No Member may hold more than two (2) proxies at any one meeting.  Proxies shall be filed for a specific meeting.  Proxies shall be directed proxies.  Electronic, hand-delivered or mailed ballots are acceptable forms of voting.




  • No liability of any nature shall attach to the Membership of this Association and to the Board of Directors. 




  • Except as otherwise provided herein, the By-Laws may be amended by vote of the Active Membership in accordance with Provision 10.

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