Positive Rate Weekly - 4/19/17
Positive Rate Weekly - 4/19/17


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We want to see what you see. Share your pictures or videos from the line, and give us some context (i.e., let us know what we’re looking at).

We encourage you to submit your high-quality high-resolution digital images. Your photos could be featured in future MEC communications! Please note that by submitting your photos and/or videos, you are giving the MEC office permission to crop, edit, alter and publish your images and/or videos.

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Retirement Education And research

Retirement was a primary issue where much attention was focused during our last collective bargaining agreement (CBA). While enhancements were made to Section 28, we know many hoped for more improvements that were not achieved in the latest agreement. Over the course of the last year, your elected representatives, MEC Officers, Negotiating Committee and R&I Committee have been involved in an effort to research our retirement plan as it currently exists, and explore possibilities that could enhance it. As this process continues to evolve, we’ve created this website as a central location to provide you with important information—from key players involved to previously released R&I educational videos and Chairman’s Messages.

The research process is underway. However, as you can imagine, this is an extensive project and will take our team of consultants significant time to develop concepts for consideration. It’s not until we reach that point that your elected representatives will determine if the outcome is worthy of further consideration. As previously noted in various communications, there is NO bargaining on retirement taking place with the company nor will there be without your inclusion.

Please take some time to peruse the website. We encourage you to bookmark it as a favorite as the information here will continue to be updated as we move forward.

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From the jumpseat committee

Sun Country Airlines

Sun Country Airlines (SY) operates 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft with one cockpit
jumpseat. We welcome pilots from airlines that we have reciprocal agreements with on a first
come, first serve basis, at the gate availability. We HIGHLY recommend listing online prior to
check-in but "walk-up" to the gate is still available (FedEx airline code is FX and FedEx IATA code is 023). The number of jumpseaters are limited only by the number of cabin seats available, plus the one cockpit jumpseat. Please click here to view the full announcement from Sun Country Airlines jumpseating.

New Southwest Airlines Jumpseat Policy

On the morning of Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, Southwest Airlines is scheduled to go live with a new reservation system for ALL OPERATIONS, both Domestic and International.

It is required that ALL PILOTS attempting jumpseat travel on Southwest Airlines, create a listing (PNR) prior to requesting the jumpseat at the gate.

OAL Pilots must create their listings via myIDTravel using their company approved username and password.  Southwest Airlines bookings will be made available to myIDTravel beginning April 9th.  However, the available bookings will only be for travel after May 9th.

Please click here to view the full announcement from Southwest Airlines regarding jumpseating.

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From Contract enforcement

Did you know a pilot who declines substitution (SUB) before the showtime of the original trip (i.e., the trip or series of trips that actually created the SUB eligibility) can make up the credit hours at 125% of the pilot’s normal pay rate? This is making an election for open time priority or for short, OTP (Sec. 25.H.11.). A pilot in OTP is pay protected for the trip guarantee of the original trip for the remainder of the bid period in which the trip began plus three additional bid periods, a full bid period increase from the 2011 Agreement. The trip guarantee for the original trip is deducted from the first paycheck after the pay protection ends (Sec. 4.N.1.). The ideal result is the pilot takes advantage of OTP and makes up the credit hours before the pay protection ends. Sometimes life gets in the way and we cannot obtain the ideal result, but don’t worry. The credit hours not made up before OTP expires are available for general make-up (Sec. 25.L.4.). Please contact if you have any questions or concerns regarding the CBA.

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membership committee welcomes new hires

Members of the FDX ALPA Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a "Welcome Aboard" presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our newest pilots on April 4th, 2017. The class of 31 pilots began their new hire indoctrination on April 3rd. The new hires were assigned as MEM based FOs in the MD11, 777, 767, and A300 as well as one 757/767 in CGN and one 767 to HKG. The background of our newest pilots covers all commercial, corporate, military, and charter aviation. Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 4693.

New Hires:

Anthony Zerafa, Timothy Davis, Miller Hudson, Sean Atwell, Jacob Conrad, Randy McGregor,
Timothy Beran, Brandon Lambert, Bradley Hart, Adam Pitarra, Michael Waites,
BrianYeargan, Rodger Grady, Paul Gibson, Manuel Hernandez, Jesse Peterson, Jeffrey Jager,
Joshua Daugs, James Greathouse, Trevor Feist, Charles Bredfield, Joel Luce, Jeffrey Odell, Olaf Braren, Michael Turner, Christopher Rubenzer, Orrin Sagers, James Harmon, Josh Robertson, Scott Wariner, Mitchell Ehresman

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content locker on ipad constantly show a red badge with a number one?

We're partnering with FedEx Flight Ops iPad Support to bring you information you can use. Please continue to read the Positive Rate for more articles similar to the one found below. We would like to thank Al Brucker for providing us with this information.

Does Content Locker On Your iPad Constantly Show a Red Badge With a Number One?

We are currently experiencing several files which appear to be “stuck” in the download process inside AirWatch Content Locker. After you open Content Locker and connect to the internet, your app may still indicate that a file is not fully downloaded.

The reality is that the file has truly installed on your iPad and just indicates that it’s not there. We are currently working to clear this anomaly within Content Locker. This has been a common issue with a lot of pilots’ iPads. Until we can find a solution on our end, you can clear the red badge yourself. This is an easy fix if you have fast Wi-Fi and 20-30 minutes of time (don’t attempt this before a trip is about to start). Simply delete the app and then reinstall it. All your required documents and shipset material will automatically re-download.

Procedure to delete: Press and hold your finger on the content app until it starts to shake. Press the X to delete the app. Press the home button to stop all apps from shaking. Next go to FedEx App Catalog and select install, next to AirWatch – Secure Content Locker. After it has downloaded, open the content app, and all required documents will populate. Saved items in your Local Storage will not be available to you after this procedure.

If you are ok with the red badge, feel free to continue to operate your iPad as is. You are in compliance with the red badge showing, because the file is installed as previously mentioned.  We are working to have this issue fixed as soon as possible.

It is our goal in Flight Ops iPad Support to provide you with helpful information.

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does flying run in your family? Tell Us about it!

If you grew up with a family member in the cockpit, perhaps you’ve always known you’d follow their contrails. ALPA “All in the Family” wants to hear your story!

“All in the Family” is our series about pilots who share a special bond with a family member up in the air—a father and son working together for an airline, a spark ignited when a mother speaks in her child’s classroom on career day, siblings who continue their childhood rivalry into the aviation business . . .
How does flying run in your family? Share your story and help inspire a new generation of flying families.

Like father, like daughter, F/O Stephanie Layman (Spirit) followed in father, Jim Layman's footsteps. Read their story, then submit your own!

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MEM Retirement and benefits seminars

MEM Retirement Seminars:

The next available Retirement Counseling Seminars will be held on April 19th, May 3rd and May 17th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. CST at the FDX MEC Office, 1770 Kirby Parkway, Suite 300, Memphis, TN 38138.

The Retirement Seminar is geared towards pilots preparing for retirement providing general information on all pilots’ retirement benefits and the retirement process. While we encourage all pilots to attend the Retirement Seminar, preference will be given to pilots closer to retirement.

For pilots who are unable to attend in person, we will provide access to the seminar via teleconference. In order to streamline the seminars and to ensure the highest level of counseling, we are limiting each seminar to 28 slots. Spouses are welcome to attend. 

To register for a Retirement Counseling Seminar click here. Please be prepared to provide your ALPA member number. Since the seminars fill up quickly, you should register as soon as possible.

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schwab individual retirement & financial counseling sessions - MEM and ANC

Dates: Thursday, May 4th and Thursday, May 18th

Schwab Executive Services Financial Consultants will be available on Thursday to conduct individual Retirement & Financial planning sessions with FedEx ALPA member pilots and their spouses. See the link below for available times. The sessions are free and scheduled for one hour in length. The slots fill up fast, so reserve yours now by clicking here.

Charles Schwab is ALPA’s preferred financial provider. Some of the benefits available for ALPA member pilots from Charles Schwab include complimentary financial planning, low-cost trading, educational online resources, etc. To learn more about the ALPA-Schwab relationship, please visit or contact Sylvia Arellano, the lead Executive Services Financial Consultant for FedEx ALPA pilots, directly at (720) 418-4200.

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professional pilot - terminal checklist quiz

Professional Pilot magazine has given us permission to reprint their "Terminal Checklist" section of the magazine. Please click here to view the "April 2017 Terminal Checklist."

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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Air Facts journal

As you know, we recently received permission from Air Facts Journal to forward their online magazine to FedEx pilots. We hope you find this reading enjoyable. To view articles in Air Facts Journal, please click here.

Fly safe,

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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