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FROM THE DANGEROUS GOODS COMMITTEE
There have been press reports that the FAA has banned recalled MacBook Pro computers from aircraft in passenger carry on or checked baggage as well as in cargo shipments. These reports are not entirely accurate as the FAA has not “banned” these devices by name. They have, however, reminded the shipping community, airlines, and passengers of regulations governing the shipments of lithium battery products by air. For lithium batteries in cargo, both domestic and international regulations prohibit the transport by air of batteries that:  
  • Have been damaged,
  • Have been identified by the manufacturer as being defective for safety reasons, or
  • Have the potential of producing a dangerous evolution of heat, fire, or short circuit (e.g., those being returned to the manufacturer for safety reasons).
Since the MacBook Pros have been recalled by the manufacturer for safety reasons and have the potential for generating dangerous heat, airlines should not be accepting them as cargo unless they have received an exemption from the regulations, in which case an equivalent level of safety to undamaged batteries must be demonstrated.
The US regulations for carry on and checked baggage state that batteries “which are likely to create sparks or generate a dangerous evolution of heat, unless packaged in a manner which precludes such an occurrence” are banned in carry on and checked baggage. There is more to the regulations (for example, if the devices only pose a risk during charging, airlines may simply prohibit their onboard charging). When it comes to passenger carrying provisions, it is up to each airline to the evaluate risk from the recalled product and to formulate its policy to comply with the regulations. Some airlines might conclude that it is safe and legal to allow passengers to carry and check these laptops while some might not. Additionally, for those that do not allow them on board, the method of notifying passengers is at the airline’s discretion. 
For a more comprehensive discussion, here is a link to an FAA SAFO (Safety Alert For Operators) on recalled lithium batteries and lithium battery powered devices.   
If you have any questions, please contact the FedEx ALPA MEC Dangerous Goods Committee.  
FROM THE FATIGUE RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
In an effort to provide you with current events and/or issues related to the Fatigue Risk Management Committee (FRMC), below is an August update
  1. The FDX Company Fatigue Reporting system is still a work in progress. Issues include timing out and the Gantt Chart not working (sleep/nutrition input). I have been working with the Company weekly to get a fix and it may take longer before we have a final solution. Technique: Create your narrative on a separate document and then cut/paste it over to Company report.
In the interim and going forward—also file an ALPA PDR. The ALPA FRMC sees every company report and every PDR. The benefits of your PDR are: I am notified immediately when you file it; it’s very streamlined; and we will get back to you within a few business days. 
  1. MEM sleep rooms: Please don’t slam doors. These rooms are an industry-leading benefit and make a positive difference on your performance. But, if you are slamming doors when others are trying to sleep - you interrupt a fellow crewmember’s only chance to get sleep during their duty period. Please use your key card to unlock the door and gently close. Also, please refrain from using a phone or talking in the sleep area.
Speaking of courtesy, please do the same thing with hotel rooms. When you are entering your hotel room at 4 a.m. and slamming the door behind you, that is discourteous to your fellow hotel mates. And lastly, remove your “do not disturb” door hanger when exiting your now-empty room. The habit of leaving those on the doors gives credence to housekeeping barging in. 
  1. How does one call in fatigued? There are several places where I have published the CARMA article on how to call in fatigued. Click here to continue reading the full August update. 
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WHAT DOES ALPA DO FOR YOU?
Known Crewmember® (KCM) began as an ALPA initiative that was tested at three airports before being improved in coordination with Airlines for America and approved by the Transportation Security Administration, a triad partnership that continues to operate the highly successful program. 
With the recent addition of Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), we now have 107 KCM airports on the list with a total of 233 KCM access points. To date, over 123 million crewmembers have been screened through KCM or the previous CrewPass program.
Looking at just one week during this summer KCM had:
Throughput of 534,245
Average per day 76,321
Average per airport 4,993
Average per access point 2,293
Total number for KMEM 2,585
Many thanks go to all the ALPA volunteers who have worked and continue to work countless hours on our behalf to make KCM the great success that it is today. 
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? PATH IS HOSTING TRAINING SOON
Pilot Assistance Team Hotline (PATH) peer training will be held September 10-12 in the MEC office in Memphis. If you are interested in training as a peer and helping your fellow pilots, please contact PATH Chair Kandy Bernskoetter at 773-405-4354, Kandy.bernskoetter@alpa.org, for details and to register. PATH was founded in 2015 to assist pilots with psychological, physiological, and aeromedical questions in a confidential setting. For more info on what PATH is and what it does, check out the PATH Committee Page at fdx.alpa.org
R&I Committee: NEW PHARMACY MANAGER
New Pharmacy Benefit Manager: What do you need to know
On July 1, 2019 Express Scripts, Inc. became the new pharmacy benefit manager for the Buy Up and CDHP Purple and Orange medical options. You will receive communication from both the Company and Express Scripts. You can also access information and communications regarding the transition on your Company issued iPad under the Secure Content Locker and on FedEx Benefits Online at fedex.ehr.com. To read more detailed information from the R&I Committee, please click here
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CONTRACT ANSWER TEAM (CAT) DISSOLUTION
After thorough consideration, the Contract Answer Team is being dissolved. While we thank those of you who stepped up to volunteer, we lacked enough participation to warrant the expense associated with the technology needed to run the CAT. Additionally, with the recent introduction of the Pilot Data Report (PDR), we realized that much of what we were seeking to do with CAT is being done through the PDR (i.e., cataloging questions/answers and data collecting). 
MENTORS NEEDED: TRAINING IN SEPTEMBER
The Membership Committee is currently seeking dedicated ALPA volunteers for their pilot mentoring program. The program's focus is to provide information, procedures and resources related to a career as a FedEx pilot, specifically during the first 12-15 months of employment. The intent is to assist new hires and to help them successfully navigate through their probation period. We are sure you would agree that having a mentor available would be a great resource to them as they learn the FedEx system form. As FedEx continues to hire, we will continue to need more mentors. We are seeking dedicated ALPA volunteers to become mentors. 
To read more and sign up to be a part of this great program, please click here.  
RETIRED FDX CAPTAIN DAN DELANE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
We recently told you of the sudden passing of retired FDX Captain Dan Delane on Saturday, June 15, while enroute to a Father's Day Airshow in Columbia, California. Below you will find details on the upcoming celebration of life event. We are told additional details will be provided in the next fdew days, so we will pass along that information as soon as we have it. Please continue to keep Dan's wife Lori and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 
Celebration of Life for Dan Delane
Saturday, August 24th beginning at 1600 
Torrance Airport at a friend's hangar (Zamperini Field/KTOA)
3301 Airport Drive
Torrance, CA 90505
*Long Beach is the easiest access to Torrance, with LAX as the next best option. 
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COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OpeningS
 We are currently seeking to fill the Training Committee and Community Outreach chairman positions. Any pilot interested in filling these positions should contact MEC Secretary Treasurer First Officer Don Loepke at Donald.Loepke@alpa.org.
UNION DUES AFTER PROBATION ENDS
We often get asked by our new hire pilots why there is a balance of dues owed when ALPA completes their dues reconciliation each year. As a reminder, if your probation end date is after the 15th of the month, your dues will start being deducted the following month. ALPA will attempt to reach out to each individual pilot regarding the amount owed or it will come out in dues reconciliation. 
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