Positive Rate Weekly - 6/6/17
Positive Rate Weekly - 6/6/17


Fedex st. jude classic car build is this week!

The moment has finally arrived! This week, some of your fellow pilots will begin the task of building the replica ’65 MK4 Roadster on the green at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. As we've previously told you, 100% of the funds raised will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We encourage you to watch this short video of Jim Nantz with CBS Sports and share it with everyone you know! We are near the finish line and need your help in reaching our goal of raising enough money to operate St. Jude for one day.

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Message from the MEC Vice Chairman

It doesn’t take long to figure out that a company as great as FedEx Express doesn’t just happen. It takes many people throughout the organization with special traits to pull off what we do, in the consistent manner we do it in. There is no better example of these special traits than among our crew force. I honestly believe that the character, work ethic, integrity and professionalism that each of you possess far surpasses any other pilot group in our industry. Your generous support of our local charities is just one example of the character this crew force possesses. When Hope House needed money, you gave it. When the FedEx Family House needed money, you gave it. When our crews in Indy asked for help sponsoring the Payton Manning Hospital Airplane Room, you all went above and beyond to make it happen.

Speaking of making it happen, I’d like to bring your attention to a few of our pilots who went the extra mile to support the St. Jude Children’s Hospital car build organized by 767 Captain Bob McKee. These pilots dedicated their own time to help build the replica Shelby Cobra in just 4 days! I am going to list their names for two reasons. One is so you can thank them when you see them, and the other is to get each of you to donate just one dollar for each name you see. Of course, you can donate much more if you like, but one dollar per volunteer is not asking a lot. Captain McKee is hoping to raise enough money to operate St. Jude for just one day. Let’s show our support for Bob, all the volunteers, and of course, the children of St. Jude. The following pilots will be building the car this week. I apologize if I misspelt any names or left someone out—it certainly was not intentional.

Please thank the following 25 volunteers when you see them, and of course, please donate at least $25 using the following link:

Bob McKee Amy Allen Dave Hultman John Beach Norm Maxim
Eric Armstrong Eric Stevens Shon Driscoll Tim Nell Todd Lessig
Brow Miller Steve Irvin Patrick Paumier Josh Knight - PSA Pilot Mike Podakiltz
Steve Hazelfeldt John Fleming Todd Manning James Greathouse Dan Rooney
Mike Wartes Andrew Paszklewicz John Morrison Mike Bray Lloyd East Jr.

Fly Safe,

John Cardaci

"No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child."
—Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Upcoming MEC Meeting and MEM Joint Council Meeting

nav canada rescinds icao descend/climb via phraseology

Effective May 19, NAV CANADA has temporarily rescinded the April 27, 2017, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) changes for SID/STAR procedures and phraseology due to increased altitude deviations and controller workload. Until further notice, NAV CANADA has returned to their previous SID/STAR phraseology and procedures, which closely aligns with the U.S. standards.

NAV CANADA published a NOTAM for the change and required the following airports to broadcast the change on their ATIS:

  • CYUL
  • CYYC
  • CYYZ
  • CYVR

A memorandum has been issued advising flight crews that NAV CANADA will no longer use the ICAO procedures and phraseology. Flight crews are advised to:

  • Remain vigilant and ask ATC for clarifications if there is any doubt regarding clearances.
  • Review all charts and procedures thoroughly.
  • Follow company guidance and Standard Operating Procedures.

Please direct questions and concerns to ALPA Engineering and Air Safety at or 800-424-2470.

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iOS 10.3 and FlightDeck Pro 3.0 Updates

We're partnering with FedEx Flight Ops iPad Support to bring you information you can use. Please continue to read the Positive Rate for more articles similar to the one found below. We would like to thank Captain Al Brucker for providing us with this information.

iOS 10.3 and FlightDeck Pro 3.0 Updates

Beginning 30 May 2017, pilots are authorized to update their iPads to the latest iOS version 10.3.x and we are excited to announce the release of FlightDeck Pro version 3.0 for the iPad.

These updates should be installed well before beginning any duty period and from a location where WiFi or cellular connectivity is good.

The Apple iOS update is accessed directly on the iPad under the Settings app via the General/Software Update page.

The FlightDeck Pro 3.0 update is accessed via the FedEx App Catalog.

Before applying the Apple iOS 10.3.x update, you must ensure all AirWatch apps are updated. Failure to do so will result in all of the FedEx applications being wiped from your iPad. The AirWatch apps and versions you should check for are as follows (you can accomplish the AirWatch updates via the FedEx App Catalog):

AirWatch Agent                        version 5.5.0
AirWatch Content Locker         version 4.3.0
AirWatch Browser                    version 6.2.1 

A copy of both the FlightDeck Pro 3.0 Release Notes and the User Guide are available in the Secure Content Locker’s EFB Functions/iPad EFB folder.

Below is a YouTube video link created by Jeppesen highlighting some of key enhancements of FlightDeck Pro 3.0 (the section covering custom airline enroute data is not currently enabled for FedEx and depiction of the ownship symbol on the enroute chart is not yet authorized by the FAA).

More in depth Jeppesen training videos are available via the Jeppesen Tutorial App that may already be on your iPad or it can be installed from the FedEx App Catalog. These tutorials may include information about features that are not yet enabled for FedEx.

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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, gentlemen!

Captain Vic Tansey
FDX Membership Chairman

Jeff Weed
Matthew Stocking
Matt VanWieren

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April Retirees

The FDX MEC and R&I Committee would like to congratulate the following ALPA members who retired in April and to thank them for their years of participation in the Association.
Captain Jack H. Everett
Captain Randall C. Thompson
First Officer James R. Santucci
First Officer Ronald D. Tompkins
Captain Steven R. Thurgood
Captain Fred R. Yates
Captain Jeffrey R. Murray
Captain Richard A. Ladd

Total Retirements from January to April, were 18, of whom, 18 were ALPA members.

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From Contract Enforcement

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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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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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 21st, July 18th and July 31st 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.

Additionally, on Monday, June 19th, Brandy Hough, Benefits Specialist, will be available for one-on-one conversations regarding retirement and benefits. To register for a one-on-one sesssion click here.

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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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