Positive Rate Weekly - 9/25/18
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Positive Rate Weekly - 9/25/18

 

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FELLOW PILOT NEEDS ASSISTANCE
A couple of months ago, we told you about B757 First Officer Rian Cook's wife Shelby being diagnosed with two melanoma tumors in her brain and masses in her chest. Several of you stepped up and offered PDO bumps allowing Rian to spend time with her. 
Rian has exhausted all of his vacation and sick time. We are again asking those of you qualified to operate in the right seat of the B757 to please consider PDO bumping Rian's remaining September and October trips. Offering a PDO bump during this difficult time will be doing a tremendous favor for Rian and his family.   
Trip 66 on September 22 
Trip 66 on September 29
Trip 59 on October 3
Trip 59 on October 4
Trip 168 on October 5
Trip 59 on October 16
Trip 59 on October 17
Trip 59 on October 18
Trip 47 on October 19
BENEFITS AND RETIREMENT SEMINARS SCHEDULE
Annual enrollment for your 2019 benefits is coming up October 18th – November 1st.  
To help prepare you to make better choices for you and your family, the FDX MEC R&I Committee and staff will be conducting Benefits and Retirement Seminars in ANC, IND and LAX bases and a Benefits Fair in Memphis.
The FDA bases will be provided with a Computer-based (LMS) presentation and will be provided with call support during the open enrollment period.
The Benefits Seminars will address the scope of your CBA and ALPA benefits, with emphasis on recent improvements including the new PRSP recordkeeper and the FDX MEC LTD.
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.    
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.  
  • 10/3 MEM – Benefits Fair click here
  • 10/21 LAX – Benefits and Retirement Seminars click here
  • 10/24 ANC – Benefits and Retirement Seminars click here
  • 10/26 IND – Benefits and Retirement Seminars click here
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SCHWAB FINANCIAL SEMINAR IN ANCHORAGE
S chwab Executive Services will be providing a Financial Seminar for FedEx ALPA member pilots and spouses on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. While the seminar is located in Anchorage, it is open to all ALPA pilots. Lunch will be provided. Below is the information for the seminar. For detailed information and how to register, please click here
FDX MEC EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT ELECTION
ALPA's Board of Directors will meet in Washington, D.C. the week of October 15-18. In conjunction with the Board of Directors meeting, each of the Group A airlines and Group B and C airline groups will be electing Executive Vice Presidents to two (2) year terms commencing January 1, 2019.
As FDX is a single Group A airline, the MEC will be electing a pilot from FDX to represent them on the Executive Council. Any FDX ALPA member in good standing is eligible to run for this position. Interested members for this position should contact FDX MEC Vice Chairman Captain Dave Chase at Dave.Chase@alpa.org.
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CONTRACT ANSWER TEAM (CAT) SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Do you have your phone in your hand at all times and constantly check your emails? If so, the CAT needs you!
The Contact Answer Team is a group of volunteers that will be standing by to answer our pilots’ contract-related questions 24/7. We have approximately 60 fully trained members now … but we need more to launch and be successful!
  • You do not have to be a contract expert.
  • You simply need to be contract savvy.
  • Training is a video conference call followed by 5 practice questions.
  • Please consider volunteering for this worthy service for our pilots.
Please contact me with any questions.
Anita Shew
P2P Interim Chair
Anita.shew@alpa.org
704-490-0471
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CHARITY RAFFLE AND SILENT AUCTION HOSTED BY DELTA MEC
T he Delta MEC is hosting the Raffle and Silent Auction for charity at this year’s Board of Directors (BOD). We have organized both events to be run online and they are available to all ALPA members and staff.
 
BOD Raffle
The BOD Raffle is now open. This year we have nine prizes including pairs of airline tickets and reward miles. A special thanks to the member carriers who generously donated for a worthy cause.
 
Tickets are $10 each, six for $50, or 14 for $100. Purchase multiple tickets for a discount and more chances to win! Visit alpa.org/bodcharity to purchase tickets. The Raffle is open to all ALPA members and staff and the drawing will be held the final night of the BOD, October 17. Participants do not need to be present to win.
 
BOD Silent Auction
The Silent Auction offers a variety of items including flight bags, airline interview prep, Bose and Clarity Aloft headsets, hotel room stays, gift cards, aviation paraphernalia and more. The bidding will open on October 1. This auction will also be open to all ALPA members and staff and will also close the final night of the BOD, October 17. Participants do not need to be present to win.
 
The Charities
Through our in-house non-profit foundation, the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund, all proceeds from the BOD Raffle and Silent Auction will be donated to two very worthy charities: the Air Charity Network and the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation.
aircharity.png  Air Charity Network provides access to free air transportation for patients seeking access to specialized healthcare facilities.
armswideopen.jpeg Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation works closely with scientists, researchers and doctors on the forefront of alternative therapies to prolong the lives of children diagnosed with cancer until a cure is found.
We hope you consider participating in this year’s BOD Raffle and Silent Auction to demonstrate our generosity to these worthy causes.  Please visit alpa.org/bodcharity for links to both events.
Send questions to BODCharity@alpa.org.
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IPAD TIP: VPN ON SAFARI
Flight Ops Mobility is pleased to announce that the iPad Safari browser can now receive VPN (Virtual Private Network) support.  
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This means that regardless of what network you are on (personal home Wi-Fi, Hotel Wi-Fi, or cellular) when using Safari, you will be behind the company firewall. Pilots will see many benefits:
  • The ability to open a FP/R from PFC as a PDF in the Safari browser, and to save into the approved EFB PDF readers, Content Locker or iBooks for use in flight.
  • Improved performance internationally with no roaming errors.
  • Improved performance on secured company networks.
  • Improved interoperability between applications, WebClips, and email.
  • Access to Vector on company networks.
Setup should be automatic effective 9/17. If this is not the case, launch the FedEx app catalog then tap “Install” on any of the FedEx web links (PFC, Version Checker, Workday, iPad Support, Fleet Selection or SLG Crew). To verify VPN settings are applied, launch Settings then select “VPN.” Safari should appear in within the included apps.
VPN sends data to and from the browser through the company network. We do ask that you limit personal browsing on Safari to avoid saturating the VPN network.  
Full Disclosure:
VPN sends ALL data to and from the browser through the company network. This means that while the company does not monitor your browsing, it does have every capability to do so. This will mean that Safari becomes a “company” app. To help with privacy and network saturation concerns, we suggest using another browser for personal use. FedEx does NOT offer technical support for any other browser except AirWatch and Safari. FedEx cannot recommend alternative browsers.    
VPN is NOT applied at a device level. ONLY company apps have VPN applied, and only these apps push data through the company network.
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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