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Volunteer Now For CIRP
Critical Incident Response Program
 
W
e have a rapidly-changing pilot group at FedEx, and the next generation of leaders will need to step up and take part, not only by getting the freight from point A to point B, but also by helping their fellow pilots to do the same.
HAVE YOU EVERhad to fill out an ASAP report or a Flight Safety Report? If you answered “yes” to either of these, then you might have experienced an “adrenaline rush” event. We’ve all been there, flying along with everything normal, when suddenly jolted by something out of the ordinary that caused us to sit up and take the controls. Or what about those missed radio calls or airspeed/altitude busts that put a pit in your stomach and leave you thinking about the event over and over again?
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THE STRESS OF FLYINGand the challenges that you face at FedEx are tough enough, but add in an unexpected threat, either real or perceived, and you might be pushed over the edge without even knowing it. Only about 5 percent of pilots who have experienced a traumatic event cope well enough to return to work without receiving help. In fact, statistics indicate that PTSD is one of the primary reasons that some pilots choose to leave the profession prematurely. According to ALPA’s Aeromedical Office, 82 percent of pilots who suffer from PTSD and do not seek treatment leave the airline industry within 4 years.
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82 percent of pilots who suffer from PTSD and do not seek treatment leave the airline industry within 4 years
WHAT DOES CIRP DO AND WHY IS THIS PROGRAM SO IMPORTANT? 
The bottom line is that we help you get back to “normal” so that you are fit for duty and prepared for the next flight; how we do this is the key. We use volunteers who speak the language of aviation. They fly the same jets and routes that you do. They experience the same challenges that you do, and above all else, they are your peers.
If you’re a leader and have good listening skills, then I encourage you to consider volunteering as a CIRP peer. Training is three days and requires one day annually thereafter. There is little time commitment involved, but the impact you make can be great!  Are you new to FedEx? We need you. Have you been with the company for years? We need you. The phone call or visit you make with a fellow pilot just might save a career or even a life.
If you would like to volunteer or just want to know more, please contact me at (901) 828-4633 or John.Long@alpa.org.
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PATH SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
PILOT ASSISTANCE TEAM HOTLINE (PATH) is looking to expand and is need of pilot peers. PATH training will be held October 10-12 in Memphis. If you are interested, or have any questions, contact the PATH interim Chairman Kandy Bernskoetter, Kandy.Bernskoetter@alpa.org, 773-405-4354
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FROM CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT
TIMELY SUBMISSION OF EXPENSE REPORTS/RECEIPTS
T his communication concerns the subject of pilots being payroll deducted due to missing, incorrect or late expense report receipts. Section 5.A.7. of the Agreement provides that “An expense report shall be submitted within one bid period to document expenses incurred during the preceding bid period.” Likewise, Section 8.C.5. provides, “Any time an expense is charged to a Company-issued Travel Card, a deviation ticket is purchased, or a deviation expense is incurred, an expense form shall be submitted, with appropriate original receipts (or electronic reproduction thereof)”, and “Such expense form shall be submitted no later than the end of the subsequent bid period.” The Agreement does not contain language to reopen an expense report once it is closed. We encourage all pilots to review and promptly act upon notifications concerning expense report receipts. Below are descriptions of the notifications you will receive if you have not submitted an expense report or if your credit card/ticket expenses have not been classified. Please note that the second notification is essentially the last notification upon which to act as the final notification is a notice of payroll deduction.
- At the end of a bid period, you will receive a notification to remind you of any missing credit card transactions or deviation tickets, or if you have not submitted the expense report for that bid month.
- If you still have missing receipts after the due date of the expense report (end of next bid period), you will receive a second notification.  It will remind you that some of the receipts are still outstanding and a deadline to submit the missing items to avoid payroll deduction.  PLEASE HEED THIS DEADLINE.
- A third and final notification is received if the items were not addressed from the expense report. It will detail the amount that has been submitted for payroll deduction.
PLEASE NOTE,even if you have submitted an expense report, if you still have an outstanding receipt(s) you will receive a notification regarding the missing receipt(s) and a deadline to submit the missing item(s) to avoid payroll deduction.  
Even if you think you have submitted your receipt(s) and believe that you are receiving notifications in error, please resolve the matter with Crew Audit prior to the deadline for submitting missing items.
Please contact fedex-enforcement@alpa.org if you have any CBA questions.
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LMS on the iPAD
TRI-ANNUAL (CQ) LMS AND OTHER LESSONS ARE BEING CONVERTED TO BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE PILOT IPAD
The current tri-annual (CQ) LMS for pilots is being released in a format that is compatible with the pilot iPad (HTML5). These lessons will run natively on the iPad using the Safari browser.
NOTE: The AirWatch Browser will NOT run LMS lessons . If using a device other than the pilot iPad, please use Google Chrome or Firefox for best results viewing the LMS lessons.
Other LMS lessons (Initial Qual for example) are being converted to HTML5 for viewing on the iPad. This is a time-intensive process, so please be patient while work is underway to make your iPad experience more productive.
THE IPAD DOESN'T SUPPORT FLASH VIDEO. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DO COMPANY-REQUIRED LMS TRAINING?
The pilot iPad is a tool - primarily for Jeppesen charts, and company required documents, and while it is very powerful, it does have some limitations.  FedEx Flight Standards and Training developed LMS courseware in FLASH, which has long been an internet standard.  However, Apple made the decision not to support FLASH in Apple iOS systems (iPad and iPhone).There are however, apps which allow FLASH to function.  An app called PHOTON and PUFFIN can be purchased (at the expense of the pilot) from the Apple App Store and can be used to run LMS lessons on the iPad.  This is not an endorsement of any particular app, however, FS&T has tested the current versions of these apps and it interfaces well with the LMS system if you have a solid fast Wi-Fi connection.  
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Other options are to continue to perform your LMS lessons on non-tablet devices, (computer), at home, or those that are available in the training center and other crew areas.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to ask questions regarding LMS on the pilot iPad. For questions, comments or feedback, please contact us at: FDCMS@fedex.com.
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