Positive Rate Weekly - 5/30/17
Positive Rate Weekly - 5/30/17



Last week, during its biennial Pilot Assistance Forum, ALPA recognized one of our own pilots for her commitment to ALPA's Pilot Assistance Programs. First Officer Kandy Bernskoetter received the Presidential Citation for her commitment to ensuring pilot well-being.

This award comes as no surprise to those who know Kandy. As described by MEC Chairman, Captain Chuck Dyer, "Kandy is a dedicated professional who relentlessly pursues the Pilot Assistance mission. Those of us who regularly work with Kandy all agree that she is a force of nature. Her energy and enthusiasm provide inspiration to all those around her."

To view the press release issued by ALPA, please click here.

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Chairman's Message: FOM 63.1 Appendix S

Did you miss the most recent Chairman's Message regarding FOM 63.1 Appendix S (5/30/17)? If so, you can view the full message here.

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Upcoming MEC Meeting and MEM Joint Council Meeting

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE welcomes new hires

Four volunteers from the FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a "Welcome Aboard" presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our newest pilots and many of their spouses on May 23, 2017.

The new hires were assigned as MEM-based FOs in the MD-11, A-300, B-767, B-757 as well as 1 CDG 757 and 1 HKG 767. Our newest pilots have a diverse background, hailing from Republic, TransStates, AB jets, Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, Skywest, PSA, Spirit, ExpressJet, USAF, USN and yes, one Marine!

Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose Seniority number is now 4748.

Joel Brewer
Gegg Beeber
Roger Efraimsen
Adam Buffolino
Greg Barry
Bill Chick
Alan Baum
Eric Aschenbrenner
Paul Foxworthy
Steve Freeman
Elliot Ivie
Scott Kotowski
Ron Stephens
Andy Schneider
Cameron Hodge
Chad Stansberry
Joseph Svadlenka
Kevin Haddock **

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Fedex st. jude classic car build - one week away

Time is winding down! Next week, Captain Bob McKee and his team of FedEx pilots will be building the replica ’65 MK4 Roadster on the green at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Let's do all we can to support this effort by opening our wallets for this great cause! If you will be in Memphis next week, we encourage you to stop by and watch the team build this car in just four days.

As many of you know, this time around, we have a VERY lofty goal. As FedEx Pilots, we are going to raise enough money to fund St. Jude Children’s Research Center’s operating costs for ONE FULL DAY. Yes, it’s a lofty goal but I believe in my heart of hearts that we pilots, as a group, can really step up and make a difference. This is our chance to show our humanity and come through for these kids.

Watch this video from inside the Factory Five Racing facility discussing this unique car build to benefit St. Jude:

Thank you for being instrumental in helping the kids. Together, as FedEx Pilots, we can really make a difference.

To be directed to the donation website, please click here. Don't wait any longer—make your donation today!

Captain Bob McKee

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From Contract Enforcement

Did you know?

If a management pilot bumps a line pilot from his scheduled trip or a portion thereof, the line
pilot shall receive the scheduled credit hours and deviation credit, if any, for the trip or portion
thereof. Consequently, duty should not be added in place of the bumped trip or portion thereof.
(Section 9.A.2.)

Whether continental or intercontinental, a pilot who deviates from deadhead travel at the beginning
of a trip may check in at the contract hotel a maximum of 2 days early. (Section 8.C.3.d.iii.) The
number of days was increased with the 2015 CBA. This hotel use is a deviation expense and is
charged to your bid period deviation bank.

Please contact if you have any contract concerns.

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From the membership Committee

The following pilots have completed their probationary period with FedEx and will now become active members of ALPA.

Please join us in congratulating these pilots for completing their first year and a job well done. Welcome to active status, lady and gentlemen!

Captain Vic Tansey
FDX Membership Chairman

John Griesinger
James Barnett
Daniel Rhamy
Larry Rayburn
Adam Horn
Geoff Vickers
Bryan Pitawanakwat
David Patterson
Trevon Miller
Bryan Zumbro
Eric Danielson
Lance Lusik
Kurt Ruen
Shawn Jewell
Harry Simon
Alan Besing
Samuel Watts
Carol Dean
Kyle Cressman
Andrew Schreiner
Stephen Hiuera
Joseph Laveglia

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OshKosh - The world's Greatest aviation celebration

In just a couple of months, aviation enthusiasts from all over the world will gather at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. During the week of July 24-30, 2017, you will have the opportunity to marvel at aircraft, learn hands-on, be inspired, and join others at the only place that lets you experience the entire world of flight for one week. Don't miss the biggest event of its kind in North America! Be sure to stop by the ALPA exhibit booth in the Education and Career Center within Aviation Gateway Park (booth C11). Also look for nightly themed activities and ALPA participation in other EAA AirVenture Oshkosh events.

For more information and how you can participate with ALPA during this event, visit

For more information about Oshkosh 2017, visit

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We are currently posting the positions of chairman for our MEC Scope and Training Committees.

As you know, Captain Ross Armstrong has served as our Scope Committee Chariman and he is ready to step down as the chairman of this committee. Additionally, Captain Matt Morley has decided to step down as the Training Committee Chairman. Please be sure to thank Ross and Matt when you see them for their years of service on our behalf!

In accordance with the FDX MEC Policy Manual, those pilots who desire to be considered for these positions should submit their resumes to MEC Vice Chairman Captain John Cardaci at

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From the safety committee - bos runway 4r closure

On May 15, 2017, Boston’s Logan International Airport closed runway 4R/22L for resurfacing and replacement of the approach lighting system. The runway is expected to reopen on June 24, 2017. After June 24th, the airport expects to open the runway intermittently until the approach lighting system project is completed in September 2017.

During the closure, BOS Air Traffic Control (ATC) will be utilizing two RNAV approaches to runway 4L (RNAV (GPS) 4L and RNAV (GPS) 4R with Sidestep Landing RWY 4L). During periods of low ceilings and reduced visibility, flight crews flying the RNAV (GPS) 4R, Sidestep RWY 4L may not be able to visually acquire RWY 4L.We have been told that ATC will issue the RNAV (GPS) RWY 4L straight in approach when weather is below 1500’/5SM, and further, that BOS ATC will use other runway configurations when possible.

• Flight crews are encouraged to remain vigilant while operating to Runway 4L during the 4R closure
• As RWY 4L has no approach lighting system, flight crews should ensure they are not lined up on a parallel taxiway
• Review all charts, procedures, and NOTAMs thoroughly
• Follow company guidance and Standard Operating Procedures
• Submit ASAP reports with any safety issues encountered while operating to 4L.

As ALPA verifies and gathers additional information, an Operations Bulletin will be published.

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Retirement Education And research

Retirement was a primary issue where much attention was focused during our last collective bargaining agreement (CBA). While enhancements were made to Section 28, we know many hoped for more improvements that were not achieved in the latest agreement. Over the course of the last year, your elected representatives, MEC Officers, Negotiating Committee and R&I Committee have been involved in an effort to research our retirement plan as it currently exists, and explore possibilities that could enhance it. As this process continues to evolve, we’ve created this website as a central location to provide you with important information—from key players involved to previously released R&I educational videos and Chairman’s Messages.

The research process is underway. However, as you can imagine, this is an extensive project and will take our team of consultants significant time to develop concepts for consideration. It’s not until we reach that point that your elected representatives will determine if the outcome is worthy of further consideration. As previously noted in various communications, there is NO bargaining on retirement taking place with the company nor will there be without your inclusion.

Please take some time to peruse the website. We encourage you to bookmark it as a favorite as the information here will continue to be updated as we move forward.

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ANC and MEM Retirement seminars

MEM Retirement Seminars:

MEM: The next available MEM Retirement Counseling Seminars will be held on June 6th and 21st from 1:00-4:00 p.m. CST at the FDX MEC Office, 1770 Kirby Parkway, Suite 300, Memphis, TN 38138.

For pilots who are unable to attend in person, we will provide access to the seminar via teleconference. In order to streamline the seminars and to ensure the highest level of counseling, we are limiting each seminar to 28 slots. Spouses are welcome to attend. 

To register for a MEM Retirement Counseling Seminar click here. Please be prepared to provide your ALPA member number. Since the seminars fill up quickly, you should register as soon as possible.

ANC: The R&I Committee will be holding two Retirement Seminars for the ANC-based pilots on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Location and Time:
49th State Brew Pub
717 W 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 277-7727

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Retirement Seminar – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Retirement Seminar – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To register for the ANC Retirement Seminar click here.

The Retirement Seminar is geared towards pilots preparing for retirement providing general information on all pilots’ retirement benefits and the retirement process.

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schwab individual retirement & financial counseling sessions - MEM and ANC

Dates: Wednesday, June 7th and Thursday, June 22nd

Dates: Wednesday, June 21st and Thursday, June 22nd

Schwab Executive Services Financial Consultants will be available on Wednesday, June 7th and Thursday, June 22nd in Memphis to conduct individual Retirement & Financial planning sessions with FedEx ALPA member pilots and their spouses. See the link below for available times in MEM. The sessions are free and scheduled for one hour in length. The slots fill up fast, so reserve yours now by clicking here (MEM).

Schwab Executive Services Financial Consultants will also yahoobe available in ANC on Wednesday, June 21st and Thursday, June 22nd. To reserve a slot in ANC, please click here (ANC).

Charles Schwab is ALPA’s preferred financial provider. Some of the benefits available for ALPA member pilots from Charles Schwab include complimentary financial planning, low-cost trading, educational online resources, etc. To learn more about the ALPA-Schwab relationship, please visit or contact Sylvia Arellano, the lead Executive Services Financial Consultant for FedEx ALPA pilots, directly at (720) 418-4200.

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professional pilot - terminal checklist quiz

Professional Pilot magazine has given us permission to reprint their "Terminal Checklist" section of the magazine. Please click here to view the "May 2017 Terminal Checklist."

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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Air Facts journal

As you know, we recently received permission from Air Facts Journal to forward their online magazine to FedEx pilots. We hope you find this reading enjoyable. To view articles in Air Facts Journal, please click here.

Fly safe,

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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