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Survivors of Deceased Delta Pilot Page

What do I have (or don’t have) page for survivors?

Okay, things have changed and will continue too, you can bet on that. Now, (as related to the survivor benefits from our former DAL job) bottom line, what do I have?

This is a comprehensive page (yet dated - for more current checklists view Delta checklist and ALPA checklist below) 
for the survivors of a former Delta Pilot

(for a living Delta pilot click here)

Contact Short List  (for sharing a death notice or for questions):

Below is a "short" list of those that would be good to contact about a death notice:  
(Please note that when the PCN  gets a notice we also attempt to forward to these important addresses).  

Email notice to PCN  (Pilot Communication Net) for purpose of informing fellow pilots:  


Who to call  >>>>>>>>>

Employee Service Center:  
Call Delta ESC 1-800-MYDELTA   (1-800-693-3582)
email: ESC.Delta@delta.com  and deltaselfservice@acs-inc.com

Delta Flight Ops:   CPSC.Flightops@delta.com

Pilots Disability & Survivor Trust

ESC 1-800-MyDelta

dalri@alpa.org or (404)763-4925 or (800)USA-ALPA

ALPA (the pilot's union):



Delta Intranet Home Page: 

Retiree & Survivor Connection  inside Delta ExtraNet

D & S Plan & Trust

When pilot dies the survivor is entitled to approx 35% of Final Avg Earnings

DDPSA page containing the D&S Plan and ammendments

Complete Plan with Amendments -1996

Survivor Benefits from D & S Trust - Gost & George 5/1/08

Survivor Benefit FAQ's - Gost Oct 2013

Survivor Benefits 2 public document

Gost Produces and Updates a  "Benefit Calculation Spreadsheet" This can be found on a green button on the home page
of the DDPSA website located at:  http://www.ddpsa.org/

Delta Disabled Pilots & Survivors Association   http://www.ddpsa.org/

Additional Survivor Benefit Info that may be helpful though some is a bit dated:
Assembled document of helpful info  Helpful compiled data

DP3 compiled survivor info - Page 1,  Page 2


A before death worksheet for the sake of survivors when a retiree dies:
 A survivor worksheet and benefit summary is contained within the ALPA produced R & I Handbook:
2022 ALPA worksheet Checklist for survivor is printed in last section of Handbook.


Medicare and supplemental after

Retirement Income: 

Distributed “claim” for Non-Qualified (1 time claim distributed-once and done!)

Continued “qualified” benefits (or Defined benefit pension) now paid by PBGC

Survivor Benefits: (Review your life insurance needs while keeping the following in mind)

Delta Pilots Disability & Survivor Plan Trust Fund (YES, please click here)

DPMA? (None. Any and all benefits terminate upon your retirement)

Delta paid life insurance?    (Retired pilot is covered by $10,000 policy).

Your Independent life insurance

Check Group plans, like DECU through CUNA at least $1000

Any other association membership like EAA, AOPA may have a small group min policy.

Social Security Administration has a small lump sum for death.


Retiree travel benefits

S1A passes for a retiree? Click RetTravel 

Buddy Pass rider travel guide


Frugal Traveler (Search a universe of travel at best rates on the web)


Limited web site access

ALPA  Survivor Pre-death Worksheet List

ALPA insurance or any other benefit – None

Latest ALPA retired Handbook

Official web sites for my access as a retiree:

Delta Pilot DDPSA   Delta Disabled Pilots & Survivor Association

PBGC        PBGC at 1-800-400-7242   (Monthly Benefits STOP for most survivors, but D&S Trust begins)

IRS HCTC home page  Health Coverage Tax Credit  IRS HCTC FAQ's

Delta ExtraNet  (Retiree limited access to Travel Net, ESS, Flight Ops and more)

DALRC (Delta Air Lines Retirement Committee)

Pilot 1114 Committee   seldom updated

Delta Retiree Connection   seldom updated


American Seniors

Generation America


Social Security Administration

Helpful web sites for Delta Pilot Retirees: 

PCN Pilot Communicaton Net


Delta Golden Wings

Delta Pioneers


Neighborhood local meetings – Dave Robert’s list

Email rings signup:

PCN email ring

PCN Misc Links:

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PCN Disclaimer: We publish information shared by our network and we do not confirm the accuracy 
of shared data, so member/subscriber use caution and verify.  

Webmaster, Editor of "High Life" and Coordinator of PCN - Mark Sztanyo, Ret. B767 Capt. 2005

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This page was last updated: June 22, 2022
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