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Vice Chairman's Message - 4/4/17
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Vice Chairman's Message - 4/4/17

 

You are approaching the top of descent point on your flight plan when you get the following ACARS message:

The ASAP ERC recommends against visual approaches to ABQ RWY 26 during periods of darkness. There are no authorized instrument approaches to RWY 26 and there is high rising terrain very close to the airport to the east. If you are given a visual approach to ABQ RWY 26 by ATC, in conditions other than day VMC, the ERC recommends that you advise them that you are “UNABLE.”

This is a huge SA builder and a great heads up to prevent the possibility of a very bad outcome. You can thank the ALPA ASAP team and FedEx Safety for their collaboration for these alerts, which are important safety enhancements. Stacy is our ASAP Chairman, and through her leadership and dedication she has taken our ASAP program to a whole new level. As of last year, ASAP has saved 24 pilots from certificate action. Additionally, Stacy helped bring ATSAP onto our property to further help build the big picture with relation to incidents our pilots are involved with. Recently, in one case, ATSAP exonerated a crew that was accused of an altitude violation. After reviewing the ATSAP report, it became clear that the controller was at fault—another big win. Please be sure to thank Stacy when you see her for all the hard work she does for us.

Our FOQA team, lead by Captain Chris Croce, also provides great information to enhance safety. Chris, along with the FedEx Safety team, have fully implemented a system where he can easily send crews “FOQA Alerts” for cities that have a history of unstable approaches via the ACARS in range report, which automatically prints out about 30 minutes from touchdown. Chris and his team spend numerous hours collecting and verifying data downloaded from the fleet. This data is presented on a monthly basis to the Fleet Working Group (FWG). The data that the FOQA team supplies is often incorporated into our AQP training events. The “Go Around” training that we recently received is a perfect example of this. Chris and his team also helped facilitate input to the MD-11 landing team group to help with diagnosis of de-rotation events and hard landings. Please be sure to thank Chris when you see him for all the hard work he does each and every day.

You should know that while we usually say ASAP and FOQA in the same breath, they are two very separate committees. You should also know that the days of getting away with unintentional mistakes and nobody knowing are over. Your airplane spits out an enormous amount of data every second you are moving. This data is extremely useful, as it reveals trends that may jeopardize safety. When that is the case our FWG is briefed and our training department incorporates necessary training to eliminate the potential threat to safety. You should also know that should you make a mistake, filling out an ASAP report, even when in doubt, is a must.

Fly Safe,


Captain John Cardaci
FedEx MEC Vice Chairman

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