FRMC Article (Positive Rate Weekly) - 8/18/15
FRMC Article (Positive Rate Weekly) - 8/18/15



Your ALPA Fatigue Risk Management Committee recently had its quarterly meeting and below is information regarding what was discussed.

  • When adding gas, think about adding food. This needs to be done far enough in advance so that catering can make this happen. During several divert events, the top fatigue complaint was lack of food. Up for a long time and no food waiting for fuel does not help your fatigue level. We recommend that you ask for catering prior to any potential diversion night. Management seemed to take this as a positive recommendation. 

  • Do-Not-Disturb signs on hotel doors. Several fatigue reports have attributed their lack of sleep due to hotel staff disturbing them. PORs regarding this make a big difference and FedEx takes it seriously. In addition, please remove your DND sign before leaving your room. Some hotels give DND signs remaining on doors after pilots check out as the reason some pilots are disturbed when the sign is displayed.

  • In a previous article, we listed a way to confirm your inbound flight, checking to make sure that your aircraft has arrived on time: 

    • PFC/Resources/Flight Schedule/Applications/Line of Flight/Input tail number/or choose Flight Leg/Flight Summary and input flight number (Researching your jet’s history will allow you to make adjustments to your schedule if there are any major delays.). 

  • In addition to being proactive with your schedule, several changes to the PFC website are coming to better inform you of system-wide events that may impact you and your crew.

  • FedEx is working hard to improve our sleep facilities across the entire system. Memphis sleep rooms and wake-up calls have allowed pilots to be better rested for long, challenging periods and we are looking to extend this to other stations. The wake up call system should expand to IND and AFW in September. If you feel a certain out-station or hub is not conducive to getting proper rest, please let us know as well as filing a POR.

  • We need to remind you that not all fatigue calls are exactly the same. Please refer to 12.A.9.b. If you have any problems with how CRS handles your call, please call the DO. After calling in fatigued, please file a fatigue report—we need to know what happened. The narrative section is very important and informs your ALPA team about what drove you to be fatigued and how best to avoid this in the future.