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from the mec vice chairman 
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FATIGUE MAKES IT TO THE FAA AVIATION SAFETY "MOST WANTED LIST"FAA FACT SHEET

“Fatigue is a general lack of alertness and degradation in mental and physical performance. . . .The National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] has included an item to ‘Reduce Accidents and Incidents Caused by Human Fatigue in the Aviation Industry’ as an action area in their aviation safety ‘Most Wanted List.’ —September 10, 2010.
That was seven years ago—I have to ask, is your quality of life any better? Are you any less fatigued than you were seven years ago? Are your schedules any better? Fatigue management requires an understanding of the relationship between work, rest, and fatigue. Working conditions: The elephant in the room.
As pilots, our working conditions live in mostly our bidpack where preplanned schedules directly affect work, rest, fatigue, and our quality of life. If we are truly serious about fatigue mitigation and wish to take action, we must start with our bidpack. Let’s face it, our bidpacks are the first place where our prevention against fatigue must start. The prevention should then progress from preplanned schedules to operational revisions.
The FAA states:
“Field studies have consistently revealed that fatigue has complex and diverse causes, with 24-h duty/rest cycles, circadian desynchronization and night-time flying all related to fatigue.”
Sound familiar?
The inconvenient truth is that our contract language allows the 24-hour layover, it allows the day-night swap, it allows long duty days and short layovers—what it doesn’t allow is for you to fly fatigued. Just because the contract allows these things doesn’t mean it’s the prudent thing to do in relation to managing risk and understanding human performance. I understand the company’s need for efficiencies, but where does it end? I call upon our company and our ALPA Scheduling teams to redouble their effort to address the elephant in the room.
We too need to take ownership here and help our Fatigue Risk Management Chairman Pat Hagerty manage the risks of fatigue and pilot performance. Here is what Pat put out in the latest SIG Notes—I wonder how many of you read it and realized the importance of filling out fatigue reports when you feel fatigue degraded your performance. The bottom line is, NO REPORT, NO PROBLEM.
Fly safe,
John
“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.” — Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London 
IND PILOTS START DONATION WEBSITE
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he Indy pilots have started a donation website on behalf of Eneida Iozzio, one of our beloved Indy Flight Coordinators who has been a wonderful fixture in Indy for many years. She has helped out many of us, and now it's time to return the favor. Her mother, uncle, and cousins in Puerto Rico have been overwhelmed by the devastation from the hurricane. 

As she has been an immense help and friend to many of us who fly through IND, we would like to raise money to help her family recover from their devastating loss this summer. Click here for information on how you can help out.
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REMINDER - DESIGNATE YOUR CASUALTY ASSISTANT LIASON (CAL)

Please remember to take a few moments and designate your Casualty Assistant Liaison (CAL). This simple process will provide a liaison between your family and FedEx in case of a tragic event. Your CAL would act as a point of contact for your family with FedEx and FDX ALPA if the need ever arises. For more information, please click here.
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R&I COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OPENING
W e are currently seeking a volunteer to serve as the  Chairman of our  Retirement & Insurance 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.
R&I SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Several pilots have already stepped up and offered to take on this important work, but we need more. You may be offered an opportunity to serve on the Pilot Benefit Review Board, Pilot Investment Committee, Retirement Board, and/or the Insurance Board. 

The Retirement and Insurance Committee offers the opportunity to make a real difference to all of the pilots and their families. Please consider being a part of a new team.  Training will be provided. Thanks!
Send contact info to dave.chase@alpa.org
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souly for you seeking volunteers

SOULY FOR YOU IS SEEKING VOLUNTEER PILOTS

As we've previously shared, Souly For You is our brand-new website for health in aviation. The intention of our website is to use our findings not only for our own actualization and awakening, but also as a way to serve and awake others. This service can take many forms, especially to help, heal, teach, and offer the benefits for the awakening of all. We envision this website as a one-stop shop for inspiration, guidance, and a safe place to explore health and lifestyle options through articles, online videos, and multimedia sources. In order to keep our website up-to-date and filled with the latest information, we need volunteers. Take a look at our new website and contact me at Reyne.OShaughnessy@alpa.org if you are interested in volunteering! 
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august and september retirees 

THE FDX MEC AND R&I COMMITTEE would like to congratulate the following ALPA members who retired in August & September and to thank them for their years of participation in the Association.

 

Captain Steve Martin, Captain Pat Corrigan, Captain Bobby Armour, Jr., First Officer Bill Harney, First Officer Mark Dryja, Captain Leo O'Brian, Captain Daniel Delane, Captain Ronald Brown, Captain Henry House, Captain Mark Danielson, Captain James Peterson, Captain Mick O'Connor, First Officer Colleen Hensley, Captain Albert Robinson, Captain Kathy Morton, Captain Stuart Cummings, Captain Claude Erving Jr., Captain Walt Kuemmerle, Captain Steven Barach, Captain Larry Klingler, First Officer Milo Thornton, and Captain Larry Springer

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE welcomes new hires
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our volunteers from the FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a “ Welcome Aboard” presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our 26 newest pilots and many of their spouses on 7 Nov, 2017.

The new hires were assigned as MEM based FOs in the MD-11, A-300, and B-757. Our newest pilots have a diverse background, hailing from USAF, USMC,  Delta, ABX Air, PSA, Trans States Airlines, Expressjet, Republic Airlines, Skywest, Kalitta, Compass, and Corporate Aviation. 
Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 4728. Welcome Aboard!

Captain Vic Tansey
FDX Membership Chairman
 
The Class:
Ryan Tapia, Marcus Sagastume, Craig Hinkley, Cy Gold, Jared Sabnani, Jeff Callaghan, Lisa Laughlin, Drew Velasco, John Gryczewski, Brad Glenn, Josh Cobin, Dan Ryan, Jr., Gary Coldiron, Ryan Tuttle, Steven Armstrong, Benjamin Dean, Chad Neptune, Ken Picha, Laura Buck, John Mallory, Rob Howe, Travis Johnson, Chris Parker, Joe Dambrie, Michael Wisniewski, and Alan McCourry.
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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.
 
The below date remains:
11/20 - MEM - to register for the Benefits Seminar click here
 
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ios 11 goodReader documents gone
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oodReader is an app used by many crewmembers for document organization, notes, and highlights. Although this is not a FedEx endorsed app, we do recognize that it is widely used by crewmembers.
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iOS 11 has phased out all 32 bit applications from the App Store and any 32 bit apps will no longer work on a device with iOS 11 or higher. If you have the 32 bit version of GoodReader, it may appear that your documents have been wiped, however they are still available. GoodReader has documented this issue and has outlined how to transfer documents from the old app to the updated version. Please visit GoodReader.com to view instructions on this process.
It is our goal in Flight Ops iPad Support, to continue to provide you with helpful information.
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