Vice Chairman's Message - 2/7/17
Vice Chairman's Message - 2/7/17


Today, I have two things that I want to talk about—giving and safety.

The first topic is giving. Most of you have read about what our INDY pilots are doing to support the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Our pilots there are attempting to fully fund a pilot and football themed room for the children to use. The goal was to raise $50,000, and we have raised $38,000 to date.

Let’s do this! Here is the link, and if each of us will just give $3.00, we will reach our goal! This is a great opportunity to show off the character and generosity of our crew force. Knowing our pilots, I predict within two hours after the release of today’s Positive Rate we will reach our goal. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The second topic is safety. Last week, our company safety team came over to the ALPA office to brief the MEC on the activities of their group and the efforts being made to enhance safety in all areas of flight operations. I will tell you this, there’s a new sheriff in town, and the MEC and Officers liked what we heard. As a line pilot, I am fully aware of the perception that safety is spelt with a $. As an MEC Officer and someone privy to the facts on how this team is approaching safety, I find great reason to be hopeful with the direction that's being established.

A few things were said by the management safety team that I think are important to share. This one in particular really hit home for me, “When it comes to safety, we don’t dabble.” In addition to the information the company is using from FOQA data, ASAP reports, QA data and training scenarios to improve safety, the behind the scenes safety measures that were briefed to the Officers all clearly demonstrate that the management safety team is definitely not dabbling.

Another point made during the meeting that I’d like to share is the concept of safety versus risk. During the briefing, it was mentioned that there is safety and there is risk—they are not the same. I think we all can agree that what we do is sometimes risky, but it is not unsafe. This is an important concept to wrap our arms around. There is not a crewmember on the property that would do something that was unsafe; managing risks, that’s just the nature of what we do, but unsafe—NEVER!

The most beneficial result of all the data available to us today is that it opens the door to provide analysis and predictive data in which we may be able to see a problem and eliminate it before it can negatively affect one of our crews. For example, I reached out to our FOQA team to ask what events they are tracking that could possibly lead to an incident or accident. Their data shows that we are having numerous unstable approaches (high, fast, large descent rates) at high altitude airports, greater than 3,000 feet. Those of you operating into a high altitude airport need to keep this in mind and plan appropriately. This is just one unofficial example of how predictive data can work.

Now is not the time to look in the rear view mirror and think of safety with a $. Now is the time for each of us to do everything we can to enhance safety and minimize risk wherever and whenever we can. To that end, we were briefed to pass along the importance of filling out ASAP reports about anything that even had a hint of safety associated with it. We are a data-driven company, so let’s provide as much data as we can to help point out problems and make the necessary changes needed. I honestly believe that this team in place has a true commitment to safety for our pilots and the vision, mission and strategy necessary to achieve our safety goals. Safety is not a sometimes thing, it’s an all the time thing that can only be enhanced by working together as a team.

Fly safe,


“Shortcuts make for long journeys.”

Captain John Cardaci
FedEx MEC Vice Chairman

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