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MEC ELECTS INTERIM VICE CHAIRMAN
W ith Captain John Cardaci assuming the role of MEC Chairman on June 4th, the MEC Vice Chairman position has been vacant. During today's session of the MEC meeting, several qualified candidates stepped up and ran for the position. After thorough discussion, the MEC elected Captain Dave Chase. Dave's term begins immediately and will end on March 31, 2019. 
Please join us in thanking the following pilots who stepped up to run for office:
Captain Dave Arrington
Captain Mike Johnson
First Officer Don Loepke
Captain Wes Reed
* Due to recent family commitments, Captain Steve Heid withdrew from the election. 
FROM THE SAFETY COMMITTEE: ASAP AND YOU
We would like to reinforce and remind our crewforce of two important fundamentals regarding our Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP).
  1. ASAP reports are for ALL safety concerns. Our ASAP MOU states:
"safety would be enhanced if there were a systematic approach for flight deck crews to promptly identify and correct potential safety hazards. The primary purpose of ASAP is to identify safety events, and to implement corrective measures that reduce the opportunity for safety to be compromised."
The reason for this reminder is the common misperception that ASAP is a program ONLY for voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive open reporting of safety or flight concerns when flight deck crews might exceed or deviate from 14 CFR. ASAP does provide this for many of the reasons that most pilots are already familiar. However, it is also a means to identify potential safety hazards that are coupled with flight operations even when non-compliance with 14 CFR is not an issue. Click here to read the full message.
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COUNCIL 7 ELECTS INTERIM BLOCK 1 REPRESENTATIVE
As you know, current block 1 representative Captain Don Ray was recently elected to serve as MEC Secretary Treasurer. As a result, during yesterday's local council 7 meeting, Captain Chris Norman was elected the interim block 1 representative for a term beginning immediately and ending on February 28, 2019. We would like to thank Captain Norman for stepping up to fill this position. 
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FEDEX PILOTS' CHARITABLE FUND 
G reetings one and all. We hope your summer has been an enjoyable one and that you were able to spend it with friends and loved ones. We all work for various reasons, but mainly to provide for ourselves and our families, ensuring that we have what is needed for a fruitful and loving life full of joyful times. Many achieve this goal with nary a bump. Unfortunately, there are many others who are faced with major hurdles that hinder their growth and success in life. In particular, medical issues and crisis in a child’s life can have devastating effects not only on the child, but their entire family. And some never truly fully recover, if at all.
The FedExFamilyHouse at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis provides a sanctuary where families of ill children undergoing treatment can find solace and a support structure to aid in that family’s path. The FedExFamilyHouse provides an environment where families can relax and remain intact supporting their child in a trying time. Many of these children face lifethreatening circumstances that few of us will ever realize. The atmosphere the volunteers and employees of the FedExFamilyHouse provide is heroic and noteworthy. And their work is never truly done. When one family succeeds and moves forward, there are others quickly replacing them.
How can FedEx pilots aid in this endeavor? Continue reading...
MEC MEETING THIS WEEK 
The 3rd Quarter MEC meeting is taking place this week in Memphis. To date, the MEC has received briefings from the scheduling, grievance and fatigue risk management, training and legislative affairs committees. Additionally, domicile and MEC officer reports were provided. To view the agenda, please click here. MEC meeting minutes will be available in accordance with the MEC Policy Manual. 
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FDA TRANSITION WINDOW/RETURN RELOCATION BENEFITS
D id you know that an FDA pilot is eligible for a return household goods shipment during the “FDA Transition Window” and only during that window? Paragraph C.2.h.ii. of the FDA LOA provides an FDA pilot a return household goods shipment during the pilot’s FDA Transition Window. Paragraph C.2.f.i.(b) defines the FDA Transition Window as “the period beginning 6 months prior to his activation into his post-FDA crew position and ending upon either his activation in his new crew position or 60 days after termination of his employment, whichever is earlier.” As you can see, the FDA Transition Window ends upon activation into the post-FDA crew position, which in turn ends an FDA pilot’s eligibility for FDA benefits. Of course, you should know that all associated benefits (i.e., housing allowance, return household goods shipment, de-positioning airline tickets, paid relocation days off, hotel use during exit transition, and transition allowance) are affected by the FDA Transition Window. The Agreement/FDA LOA does not provide any exceptions to relocating prior to activation into the post-FDA crew position.
If you have any contractual questions, please contact Contract Enforcement at FedEx-Enforcement@alpa.org.
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CALL TO ACTION - HELP KEEP TWO PILOTS IN THE COCKPIT
W e encourage you to engage Congress on the critical Section 744 language regarding single-pilot operations. Participate in ALPA's Call to Action regarding this issue, and ask your friends and family to participate, too. 
This program will have an impact on all of us—we need 100% participation from FedEx pilots! To participate now, click here.
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JUMPSEAT ETIQUETTE? YES, PLEASE!
R ecently, ALPA debuted a short video to help ALPA members better understand reciprocal jumpseating procedures. It's important to remember that whether you sit in the cockpit or the main cabin, as a jumpseater you are considered an additional member of the crew, per U.S. and Canadian aviation regulations.
Please take a moment to watch this informative video and keep in mind that jumpseating is a privilege. Help us maintain this privilege by observing the proper etiquette. For more information about jumpseating and ALPA's Aviation Jumpseat Group, visit jumpseatinfo.org.
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW HIRES
Two volunteers from the FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a “ Welcome Aboard” presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our 24 newest pilots and many of their spouses on August 7, 2018.
The new hires were assigned as MEM based FOs in the MD-11, B-777, A-300, B767 and B-757. Our newest pilots have a diverse background, hailing from USAF, USMC, USN, USA, ANG, Express Jet, United, PSA, Compass, Republic, Endeavor, Eithad, Jet Blue, Envoy and Corporate Aviation. 
Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 4806. Welcome aboard, gentlemen!
Vic Tansey
FDX Membership Committee Chairman
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The Class:
Todd Garrison, Javier Barrera, Jordan Deal, Canaan Barger, Nigel Duhaney, Vincent Jacobs, Ari Gammill, Michael Boy, Jason Krinsky, Matthew Reed, Dean Hill, Jason Christensen, Jesse DeChurch IV, Michael Murphy, William Hepler, Derek Loehndorf, Alan Kelpe, Jameson Sisko, Joshua Feinberg, Naveed Baksh, Michael Rabus, Bradley Gann, Derek Hulsey, Adam Tuttle
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ANC FAMILY BBQ 
The Council 79 annual family BBQ will be held at the home of Captain Tim Bloom and his wife Shanna on Saturday, August 25th from 12 p.m to 6 p.m. The main course and drinks will be provided. For more detailed information, including the address, what you should bring, and how to volunteer to help, please click here
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IPAD TIP: WHAT IS F5?
With new apps arriving every day, questions appear as to what they are and their functions. F5 is a VPN client app which is paired with the Vector app for trip planning and flight releases. Vector is currently available to all crewmembers. 
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F5 is a background app that works as Vector launches. It allows Vector to recognize that you are behind the firewall and allows you access to FedEx resources. To familiarize yourself with Vector please view the training videos listed on the iPad support site by logging into Pilot.fedex.com>Select “Resources” then “iPad”>Select “Apps” then “Vector.” 
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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