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Taking Action

Join United as we help to feed America

United’s Nicole Lee, center, pitches in at a Chicago-area food pantry

SEPTEMBER IS Hunger Action Month. And this month and throughout the year, nearly 49 million people—close to one-sixth of the U.S. population—are uncertain where they’ll get their next meal. They are our neighbors, our co-workers and our friends, yet they often struggle in silence.

Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity, works to give voice, and nourishment, to people suffering from hunger. Through a network of more than 200 food banks nationwide, Feeding America helps provide food and grocery items to 37 million people in need, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors.

For three years, United has partnered with Feeding America, helping to provide more than 4 million meals. In 2011, United co-workers in each of the company’s eight U.S. hub cities volunteered at local food banks. The team is pitching in again this month and inviting customers to join in the effort, dubbed “Speak Out Against Hunger.” There are several ways you can help, including:

* Turn your miles into meals by donating 1,000 MileagePlus® miles to help provide 240 meals to people in need.
* Purchase a ChoiceMenu snack box on your flight today; United will contribute a portion of the sale to Feeding America.
* Visit hungeractionmonth.org to learn how you can take action in your own community.

United is committed to supporting the programs and organizations that address important needs in our communities. With your help, we will work to make hunger a distant memory. For more information, go to united.com/feedingamerica.


With Captain Mike Bowers

Q: I know that autopilot can be safely engaged at cruising altitudes, but can it also be engaged for takeoffs and landings?
A: Autopilot capabilities vary among aircraft. All United aircraft are equipped with an autopilot integrated with a Flight Management System that communicates with the autopilot to provide the highest levels of performance and accuracy. Autopilots are not used for takeoff. We typically engage the autopilot shortly after takeoff (as early as 200 feet of altitude in a Boeing 777) and disengage it a few minutes before landing. In low-visibility conditions, however, the pilots can select the autopilot to land the aircraft automatically. This reduces the pilots’ manual workload and frees them to monitor the instruments and acquire the runway visually.

Do you have a question for Captain Bowers? Write him at askthepilot@united.com.

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