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FDX MEC FastRead: This is Your Career - 8/29/18
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FDX MEC FastRead: This is Your Career - 8/29/18

 

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August 29, 2018
THIS IS YOUR CAREER
Fellow FedEx Pilots,
The proverbial camel’s nose is under the tent, and every FedEx pilot should be paying close attention. You should be aware that the FAA Reauthorization Bill was passed by the House of Representatives and is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. The House bill contains provisions (Sections 744 and 703 (a)(vxiii)) that authorize FAA/government-financed research and development in support of single-piloted, all-cargo operations utilizing remote-piloting or computer-piloting technology. There is no mistaking the intent here; the goal is the elimination of on-board pilots flying commercial aircraft.
Think this isn’t an imminent threat? Do a little research. Simply Google “single-piloted aircraft,” “Boeing [or Airbus] single/pilotless planes,” or “unmanned cargo aircraft” and see what pops up. You will find that manufacturers, industry, and now government are in hot pursuit of this endeavor, each for their own reasons. The threat is real— this is your career.
Over the past weeks, we have heard from several very important groups as to how they view the prospect of less-manned/pilotless aircraft, and they have spoken loud and clear. An ALPA-commissioned poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs found that more than 80 percent of the flying public say “NO” to pilotless planes. As well, an alliance of union leaders representing more than 100,000 international pilots spoke resoundingly against the reduction in aviation safety and security that this legislation would produce. Lastly, a recent NASA study concluded that single-pilot operations "significantly degraded safety" and are not an acceptable alternative. Is that not already a government-sponsored look at less-manned operations?
So, we have heard from NASA, numerous pilot union leaders, and the flying public. Now, we need to hear from every one of you. The United States Senate is in the process of considering the future of our profession, and it is extremely important for them to hear from you now. It only takes 30 seconds to let your elected government leaders know this is unacceptable. Please use this link to send a message to your elected leaders that reducing current commercial pilot-manning requirements is detrimental to safety and security and that inclusion of language in the FAA reauthorization bill that supports such a program is unacceptable.
THIS IS YOUR CAREER. 
In unity,
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John Cardaci, MEC Chairman

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Dave Chase, MEC Vice Chairman

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Don Ray, MEC Secretary Treasurer

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Russ Sklenka, ALPA EVP (FDX)

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Chris Norman, Block 1 (interim)

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Clark Kluwe, Block 2

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Pete Harmon, Block 3

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Dave Arrington, Block 4

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Brian Hoffman, Block 5

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Eric Armstrong, Block 6

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Ian Thompson, Block 7

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Don Loepke, Block 8

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Bob Cecchi, Block 9 (ANC)

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Andrew Coward, Block 10 (HKG)

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Rich Odbert, Block 11 (Instr.)

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David Wojtkowski, Block 12 (LAX)

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Joshua Hallett, Block 13 (CGN)

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Andy Anderson, Block 14 (IND)

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