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Message from the asap Chairman
T he ASAP program, using reports that you have submitted, has discovered a potential liability or 'gotcha' when zooming in on charts while using the iPad/EFB. We would like to share the error that occurs to help prevent future occurrences of these events that have led to FAA Pilot Deviation Investigations. 
The iPad/EFB has greatly improved the overall cockpit experience and enhances situational awareness. However, when zooming in on charts, it is possible to cause notes or restrictions to not be visible causing the pilot to miss this important information leading to non-compliance with the notes or restrictions that are out of view. This non-compliance often has the end result of a Pilot Deviation being filed against the crew. 
Below are several examples of missed notes and restrictions, discovered through ASAP, that we hope highlight this issue and help prevent future errors. Click the links provided below for the chart and the notes/restrictions that are often missed.
KLBB / LBB  "Taxiways B, D, and E restricted to aircraft weighing less than 50,000 lbs. (22,680 kg)"
KORD / ORD " SPEED RESTRICTION: All turbojet departures in all directions: MAINTAIN 250 KT until advised by ATC."
KMKE / MKE "SPEED:  TURBOJET AIRCRAFT MAINTAIN 250 KT UNTIL ADVISED BY ATC"
KPWM / PWM " Twy A east of Rwy 18/36 closed to aircraft with wingspan greater than 135' (41m)"
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W e are currently seeking a volunteer to serve as the Vice Chairman of our Security Committee. 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 John.Cardaci@alpa.org.
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Message from contract enforcement

DID YOU KNOW...
There is a new bid line adjustment (BLA) in the 2015 Agreement called "Contingency Bid Line Adjustment?" The pilot specifies a trip(s) or R-day(s) to drop only if the pilot is able to pick up a specific trip(s). The language is found in Section 25.L.3.d.

d. Contingency Bid Line Adjustment
A pilot shall have the ability to submit a "contingency BLA" whereby
the pilot specifies a trip(s) or R-day(s) to drop only if the pilot is
able to pick up a specific trip(s). The pilot must have the applicable
bank CHs sufficient to cover the trip(s) he submits to pick up. The
use of this provision shall be subject to the rules applicable to the
bank used by the pilot for the trip(s) picked up. 
A BLA is a submission and the pilot's submission is granted or denied based upon uniformly applied, objective criteria. You are probably wondering what are the objective criteria and where can I find them. The definition of "Submissions" in Section 2.123 provides that submissions such as a bid line adjustments shall be "granted or denied based on uniformly applied, objective criteria." You can find the objective criteria document on the ALPA FDX site here: 
2015 CBA
SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS
123.       SUBMISSIONS
a. Except as provided in b. below, submissions (e.g., for bid line adjustments)
shall be processed in the order specified in the Agreement and
shall be granted or denied based on uniformly applied, objective criteria.
The Company shall consult with the Association prior to implementation
of any new objective criteria, including any subsequent changes, 
and will supply material aspects in writing.
b. No bid line adjustment submission shall be unreasonably denied; however,
with the approval of the Vice President, Flight Operations or the  
System Chief Pilot, a bid line adjustment submission may be denied for
reasons other than those under item a. above. In such cases, the denial
shall be reported to the Association within 3 days and shall specify
the reasons for the denial. 

 If you have any CBA questions, please contact Contract Enforcement at FedEx-Enforcement@alpa.org. 

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FROM THE MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
I t’s that time of year again! Leaves are turning, a chill is in the air, and Peak will soon be upon us. As we enter the busiest time of the year for FedEx, ALPA would like to extend a sincere thank you to our Military members who serve our country. With increasing global tensions and challenging budget constraints, the “busiest time of the year” often occurs year-around in the military, without regard to the cyclical business demands of your employer.
ALPA AND FEDEX ARE WELL AWARE of the challenges our service men and women face as they continue to balance their military duties with family responsibilities and FedEx obligations. The ALPA Military Affairs Committee would like to remind our crewmembers that if they are able to delay or defer military duties during Peak, it would assist the company as they face the manning challenges of Peak. When unable to accommodate the company desires for deferral during Peak, crewmembers should attempt to notify the company of pending MLA duties as soon as possible to alleviate last-minute disruptions to crew manning during this busy time. As provided in USERRA, your employer has the right to request a deferral of any military duty that will adversely impact their operations.
Title 20 Chapter IX Part 1002- Regulations Under USERRA
§1002.104 Is the employee required to accommodate his or her employer's needs as to the timing, frequency or duration of service?
No. The employee is not required to accommodate his or her employer's interests or concerns regarding the timing, frequency, or duration of uniformed service. The employer cannot refuse to reemploy the employee because it believes that the timing, frequency or duration of the service is unreasonable. However, the employer is permitted to bring its concerns over the timing, frequency, or duration of the employee's service to the attention of the appropriate military authority. Regulations issued by the Department of Defense at 32 CFR 104.4 direct military authorities to provide assistance to an employer in addressing these types of employment issues. The military authorities are required to consider requests from employers of National Guard and Reserve members to adjust scheduled absences from civilian employment to perform service.
ALPA feels that Peak 2017 will see a significant shift in the tone and demeanor of these requests from FedEx as we welcome a new Military Affairs Liaison at FedEx.   In fact, our membership demands it. We have the following expectations regarding Peak 2017:
1. ALL MLA NOTIFICATIONS SHALL BE PROCESSED IN A TIMELY MANNER.
If your CBA rights such as Secondary Line construction, Bid Line adjustments and Open Time trading are compromised due to the company dragging their feet in processing MLA notifications, please contact the ALPA Military Affairs Committee, as we will be gathering metrics to forward along to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in order to determine if excessive delays in MLA processing meets the Department of Labor (DOL) threshold for harassment.  
2. ALL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND OUR MILITARY MEMBERS WILL BE IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER FREE FROM HARRASSMENT.
The company has a right to ask you to defer your military service. You have the obligation to reply to that request in whatever manner your operational tempo at your units will allow. If any of your Unit Commanders receive a phone call from the company regarding deferral of military service, please contact the ALPA Military Affairs Committee immediately so that we may follow up with unit commanders to confirm the tone of those conversations. ALPA expects that all communications from the company will originate with the company’s current Military Liaison, Jack Ramsaur.
3. SUBMIT YOUR MLA NOTIFICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR SERVICE DURING PEAK.
If you are rapidly approaching a trip or assignment that will impact MLA, you are not required to do any additional actions. VIPS notification of your MLA is all that is required. If the company waits until the last minute to process that notification, you are not responsible for showing for that trip. Contact ALPA and we will ensure that this is documented. Under USERRA, you are only required to notify the company.
All of the above items were areas of great concern for our crewmembers last Peak, and it is ALPA’s sincere expectation that the new FedEx Military Liaison, Jack Ramsaur will usher in a new era of respectful dialogue with our military members. Our experience with Jack thus far indicates that he is an advocate for our military members as they balance their military commitments with FedEx duties. Fly safe, continue upholding the highest standards of honesty and integrity that our military members have always displayed, and thank you for your service.
NEW FEDEX MILITARY AFFAIRS LIASION
ALPA is very pleased to welcome Jack Ramsaur as the company’s new Military Affairs Liaison. Jack has a sterling reputation both here at FedEx as well as in the Air Force, where he retired as a General Officer after 37 years. Marking a significant shift in military relations, Jack has included the ALPA Military Affairs Committee in the new hire military brief during Basic Indoc. Our continued cooperation will hopefully usher in a true partnership that aligns FedEx and ALPA’s stated goals with regards to military duty: “To assist our crew members as they navigate the challenges of balancing the three pillars of reserve service: Family, Military, and FedEx.”
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All bases Benefits and retirement seminars schedule

Annual enrollment for your 2018 benefits is coming up November 7-21. To help prepare you to make better choices for your family, the FDX MEC R&I Committee and staff will be conducting Benefits Seminars at all bases. These seminars will address the scope of your CBA and ALPA benefits, with emphasis on the new improvements in dental, life, and AD&D insurances, FDA vision, and much more. 


Retirement Seminars will also be provided. These provide an in-depth look into the retiree benefits available, how to access them, and the processes involved. While priority is given to those within in a few years of providing their advance notice of retirement to the Company, they are open to all pilots.

Please bid to attend one of the following dates. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Locations and times will be provided in a later communication.

10/14 - CGN - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
10/15 - CGN - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
10/22 - LAX - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
10/23 - LAX - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
10/25 - ANC - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
10/27 - IND - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
11/3 - HKG - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
11/4 - HKG - to register for the Benefits and Retirement Seminar click here
11/10 - MEM - to register for the Benefits Seminar click here
11/20 - MEM - to register for the Benefits Seminar click here

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From the Membership Committee – Crescent Club Information
The Crescent Club would like to extend their offer for membership at reduced rates for the FedEx pilots of ALPA. Joining the Crescent Club in Memphis opens the door to multiple benefits around the country as well as internationally. There are Club Corp facilities at most of our major layover cities; many are within a short walk from our layover hotels as highlighted in the flyer provided below. For more detailed information, please select one of options in the graphic provided below.
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BAD IPAD CELLULAR STRENGTH
OCCATIONALLY YOUR IPAD DEVICE will not receive the best cellular signal. This is sometimes do to location, buildings and other conditions. There is one quick solution that may clear up your issues. The solution is to reset your device’s network settings. This refreshes the cellular signals your device is receiving and may clear any cellular issues. 
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To do so launch the Settings application
>Select General settings
>Scroll down on right hand screen and select “Reset”
>Select “Reset Network Settings”
This will prompt you for your passcode then reset your device, which could clear most cellular issues. It is our goal in Flight Ops iPad Support, to continue to provide you with helpful information.
PILOT SPARE IPADS
The following is an Executive Summary of a change to Pilot Spare iPad program. (You can access a full article containing all the details on the iPad Support site):
• The pilot spare iPad program in Memphis has changed.
• Duty Officers will authorize a spare and Flight Coordinators will issue the spare.
• Spares now require a full setup (plan on 45 minutes to an hour).
• A guide will be provided for the setup. Do NOT ask Flight Coordinators for setup assistance.
• A spare iPad is only on LOAN. It must be promptly WIPED and RETURNED when your trip is complete.
• If you need a replacement for a broken or stolen iPad, execute a separate transaction with iPad Support.
Thank you for your attention to these new procedures.

* Thank you to Captain Jeff Garmen, FedEx Flight Ops iPad Support, for providing us with this useful information. 

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