Positive Rate Weekly - 4/10/18
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Positive Rate Weekly - 4/10/18

 

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Where: 
AOC Room B353 (located outside the lunch room)
Time: 
11:00am to 1:00pm
Available Dates: 
April 11, 12, 19, 25, May 2, 3 
*please note that once an available date has reached a sign up of 15 pilots, you will no longer see that date as an option
 
Registration limited to 15 pilots at each meeting. 
Starting April 11th, we will commence a series of Focus Meetings in the AOC during the afternoon Memphis hub turns. These meetings will be attended by Union volunteers and a member of the Negotiating Committee. This will allow you time to ask your questions regarding the development work on the Variable Benefit Pension Plan.  Space is limited so each available date will be limited to the first 15 pilots who sign up via the registration form here. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and sign-up to attend a Focus Meeting. Meetings beyond these dates will be made available in Memphis and also at other pilot domiciles. Additional dates and locations will be announced in a separate communication.
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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.
Your 14 elected MEC representatives will elect the officers per the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws and the FDX MEC Policy Manual. The Policy Manual election procedures and MEC officer job descriptions can be found in the MEC Policy Manual
Currently, Captains Russ Sklenka, Jim Mumby, John Cardaci and Wes Reed have submitted position letters and résumés to the MEC for the MEC Chairman position. Captain Don Ray has formally notified the MEC of his intent to run for FDX MEC Secretary Treasurer.
Your elected MEC representative will vote in this election. Please feel free to contact them to make an input on this election; their email addresses can be found on the FDX MEC website.
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.
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FROM THE SAFETY COMMITTEE 
R ecently, NASA issued these Aviation Safety Reporting System reports regarding ground operations at several airports:
  • SEA: several low speed rejected takeoffs due to ambiguous runway crossing clearances for other aircraft
  • JFK: sharp turn between Taxiways CB and C  may be problematic for larger large or heavy aircraft
  • LGA: “islands” between Taxiway A and the ramp are painted yellow outlines rather than solid green painted or grass areas
  • DFW: non-standard taxi clearances
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ePOCKET CALENDAR iCAL SECONDARY LINE UPDATES
Secondary Line Upgrade. The company is rolling out the secondary line upgrade software for three bid-packs in April: Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Hong Kong. This is to work through any issues that may arise for pilots using the new system and correct them before going live for all bid-packs in May. The upgrade can affect all line holders. Please reference FCIF 18-0125 and the CBA for details.
There are now 2 "close" dates for the secondary line in these bidpacks: (1) The first 48 hours and (2) the complete 144 hours. ( 25.E.6.) The first 48 hours is important because certain vacation adjustments can only be accomplished during this period. ( 25.E.6.b.)
If this is something that impacts you and you have previously downloaded the iCal files for the ePocket Calendar, an updated version is now available here listed as *2018 MEC iCal files*.
This message will be repeated when the change goes into effect for all bidpacks in May.
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T hanks to your generous donations, we were able to help raise more than $50,000 in order to sponsor a Pilots for Kids/Airplane themed hospital room at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. The dedication and grand opening for the new room will be held on Friday, May 18th. All pilots are invited and spouses and children are welcome. If you would like to attend, please plan to meet in the lobby of the hospital (2001 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis) for a reception beginning at 1100. After a couple of very brief presentations during the reception, everyone will proceed to the room for the dedication, ribbon cutting and tour. 
If you are planning on attending the event, or have any questions, please contact IND Pilots for Kids coordinator Captain Dan Ferracciolo at Dan.Ferracciolo@alpa.org.
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IPAD TIP: JEPP FD PRO 3.1.4 UPDATE 
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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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FROM THE JUMPSEAT COMMITTEE 
Reminder: Jumpseaters who are required to walk to an aircraft gate do not have to wear a vest; however, the escort must be present and wearing an ANSI/ISEA 107 Class II garment.
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An opening for a newly created Foreign Domicile Committee Chairman position is now available. Our FDAs have unique issues that require collaboration/interaction with the company to resolve. Anyone interested in applying, please contact MEC Secretary Treasurer Captain Rich Zins at Rich.Zins@alpa.org. Past FDA experience is desired, but not required.
Air Facts
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RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
T he following retirement announcement was submitted by Captain Guy Lopez. We would like to congratulate Captain Lopez and wish him the best in retirement!
Preface:
I submitted this retirement letter to management over five months ago; a month prior to the retirement letter ban FCIF. Nevertheless I am sending it now, via ALPA, because I feel compelled to give credit due to the many people who are making retirement better than I ever imagined. 
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With 39 years at Flying Tigers and FedEx, I have been blessed with a career far better than I deserved. My gratitude extends to many, many people. Unfortunately, most of them will never see or know of this letter.
First, as a product of nepotism, I thank my dad, Captain Al Lopez, for engineering my hiring at Tigers. My good fortune all started with his efforts.
Second, I will always be grateful to all the ALPA volunteers and staff, both current and past. Without their efforts, I would never have enjoyed an enforceable contract, a pension available only under a CBA, and the institutionalization of safety. Also, I cannot forget that the union’s political efforts have provided our only protection from the anti-labor forces and the anti-safety bean-counters in D.C., and elsewhere. Despite brief times of transitory and momentary dissatisfaction with union leadership, the union as a whole has always been my career’s best friend. Again, thanks to all of you in ALPA, both active and retired.
Lastly, my thanks to all the great people who have made up the ANC base since it’s inception. You are the model base. You made it too good to leave!
Again, cheers and thanks to all and may you continue to enjoy safe and fun flying,
Guy Lopez
guyslopez@aol.com
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