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MESSAGE FROM MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REGARDING USERRA
W e recently published a message regarding the news headline concerning an executive order expanding the recall ability of our service branches to fill pilot gaps. Although the services have announced that they have no immediate plans to recall retired pilots, our Reserve/Guard members are seeing an ever-increasing demand signal for support to the Active components. With this increased operational tempo, we expect more of our crewmembers to be executing Military Leave throughout this year. Please take a few minutes to read this message concerning USERRA. 
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FROM THE MEC VICE CHAIRMAN 
Y ou hear me say it all the time—the character of this crew force is second to none. I am constantly amazed at how we come together in time of need. We certainly have our differences and we certainly have our riffs, but when the call comes, we always unite and run to help and support one another. That is the case with First Officer Brian Alexander. 
As you know, Brian suffered a brain injury. His recovery will be a long one, and we are doing all we can to support his family while Brian recovers. Last week, we put out a bump request for Brian's February trips. Within two hours, all but one trip was picked up and not much longer after that, his last trip was also picked up. To all who have unselfishly volunteered to work on a day off to help Brian, thank you. I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a part of this amazing crew force. 
Fly safe and please continue to pray for Brian's full recovery. 
John 
To read more about Brian's journey, please click here
THE APPLICATION OF SECTION SEAT SELECTION FEES  
W e had a recent case experience which revealed some confusion as to the dollar limits applicable to seat selection fees.  If you have single deadhead segment in a duty period, your seat selection dollar limit for that duty period is $40.  If you have two or more deadhead segments in a duty period, your seat selection dollar limit is $80 regardless of whether you incur a seat selection cost on just one leg or on more than one leg.
Example 1:  Your duty period contains one DH segment.  The flight offers select seats for $75.  Your reimbursement is limited to $40.
Example 2: Your duty period contains two DH segments.  The first flight offers select seats for $70.  The second flight has no available select seats.  If you purchase the $70 select seat on the first flight, you will be within your seat selection fee limits.
Example 3:  Your duty period contains two DH segments.  The first flight offers select seats for $50.  The second flight offers select seats for $30.  If you purchase select seats on both flights ($80 total), you will not exceed your reimbursement limit.
Example 4: Your duty period contains two DH segments.  The first flight offers select seats for $50.  The second flight offers select seats for $40.  If you purchase select seats on both flights ($90 total), you will exceed your reimbursement limit of $80.      
8.C.3.a. iii.  Seat selection fees (e.g., Southwest Business Select, Delta Economy Comfort, United Economy Plus), provided the pilot charges the fee(s) to his Company issued travel card (receipts required regardless of amount). Such fees shall be limited to the greater of: (a) $40 per flight segment; or (b) $80 per positioning sequence (i.e., front-end, mid-trip, or back-end).
Please contact fedex-enforcement@alpa.org if you have any contract concerns.
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INTERIM MEC OFFICER ELECTIONS
D uring the 2nd quarterly MEC meeting (April 16-20, 2018), an election will be held to fill the positions of MEC Chairman and MEC Secretary Treasurer for an interim term to begin on June 4, 2018 and end on March 31, 2019. Current MEC Chairman Captain Chuck Dyer will retire this year and current MEC Secretary Treasurer Captain Rich Zins has elected to return to the line.
If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please submit a résumé and/or position letter to MEC Secretary Treasurer Captain Rich Zins at Rich.Zins@alpa.org.  
FROM THE SAFETY COMMITTEE
B elow you will find reports from the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System regarding fix names which sound similar. 
  • YELLA - an enroute RNAV waypoint approximately 33° 56.9’N 116° 19.8’W
    YELAH - a fix on the KSNA HOBOW1 SID located at 34° 51.3’N 116° 38.7’W
    These fixes are about 65 NM apart, and located near the Palm Springs (PSP) and Daggett (DAG) VORs respectively. Please click here for more information on YELLA/YELAH.

  • KOTTA/KOTAA is in Seattle Center (KOTAA is on J54 southeast of Seattle, KOTTA is an approach fix to Klamath Falls, OR). Please click here for more information on KOTTA/KOTAA.

  • KIPPR/KIMMR are in Salt Lake and Denver Centers (KIPPR is north of DEN, KIMMR is in NE Utah. Note that the fix is spelled "KIPPR," not "KIPRR"). Please click here for more information on KIPPR/KIMMR             
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AIRPORT SAFETY LIAISON TRAINING COURSE  

ALPA will offer an Airport Safety Liaison (ASL) Training Course in Canada beginning on March 16, 2018. This training course provides pilot volunteers with a basic understanding of the various aspects of the ASL's role. It assists new ASLs in identifying and carrying out their responsibilities at their assigned airports, to their Regional Airport Safety Coordinators (RASCs) and in understanding the resources available to them from ALPA's staff. Pilots who complete ASL training should be prepared to proactively engage with the officials at their assigned airport on a wide variety of safety issues.

If interested, please contact MEC Safety Chairman Captain Todd Carpenter at FedEx-SafetyChair@alpa.org to receive approval to attend. To view the course invitation, please click here
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HOW TO SAVE/SHARE FLIGHT RELEASE
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hen accessing the flight release on PFC you have several storage options when opening the PDF on your iPad. This option is only available through the Safari web browser. Navigate through PFC to flight release then select Save as PDF. The flight release page will then open in a new tab. To save immediately tap the “Open into” option in the top right of your browser.  013017ipad.png?r=1517327465147
For more options, tap the share button on the toolbar then select the file repository you would like to save it to.
It is our goal in Flight Ops iPad Support, to continue to provide you with helpful information. Please feel free to let us know what you think by writing to iPad Support at FDCMS@fedex.com.
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