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Volunteer Now For CIRP
Critical Incident Response Program
 
W
e have a rapidly-changing pilot group at FedEx, and the next generation of leaders will need to step up and take part, not only by getting the freight from point A to point B, but also by helping their fellow pilots to do the same.
HAVE YOU EVER had to fill out an ASAP report or a Flight Safety Report? If you answered “yes” to either of these, then you might have experienced an “adrenaline rush” event. We’ve all been there, flying along with everything normal, when suddenly jolted by something out of the ordinary that caused us to sit up and take the controls. Or what about those missed radio calls or airspeed/altitude busts that put a pit in your stomach and leave you thinking about the event over and over again?
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THE STRESS OF FLYING and the challenges that you face at FedEx are tough enough, but add in an unexpected threat, either real or perceived, and you might be pushed over the edge without even knowing it. Only about 5 percent of pilots who have experienced a traumatic event cope well enough to return to work without receiving help. In fact, statistics indicate that PTSD is one of the primary reasons that some pilots choose to leave the profession prematurely. According to ALPA’s Aeromedical Office, 82 percent of pilots who suffer from PTSD and do not seek treatment leave the airline industry within 4 years.
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82 percent of pilots who suffer from PTSD and do not seek treatment leave the airline industry within 4 years
WHAT DOES CIRP DO AND WHY IS THIS PROGRAM SO IMPORTANT? 
The bottom line is that we help you get back to “normal” so that you are fit for duty and prepared for the next flight; how we do this is the key. We use volunteers who speak the language of aviation. They fly the same jets and routes that you do. They experience the same challenges that you do, and above all else, they are your peers.
If you’re a leader and have good listening skills, then I encourage you to consider volunteering as a CIRP peer. Training is three days and requires one day annually thereafter. There is little time commitment involved, but the impact you make can be great!  Are you new to FedEx? We need you. Have you been with the company for years? We need you. The phone call or visit you make with a fellow pilot just might save a career or even a life.
If you would like to volunteer or just want to know more, please contact me at (901) 828-4633 or John.Long@alpa.org.
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memphis hub turn meetings
MEC CHAIRMAN CAPTAIN CHUCK DYER will host two hub turn meetings in Memphis this week. The first one will be Wednesday, August 16th at noon. The second one will be during the night hub turn Wednesday/Thursday, August 16th/17th at midnight.

If you will be in Memphis during either of these times, we encourage you to attend.
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FROM THE SAFETY COMMITTEE
WE'VE RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS of objects, packages and even door sills falling from airplanes during pre-flight walk arounds. Please use care, and keep your head on a swivel, to include being aware of what is going on overhead. Do not walk directly under the loader/airplane interface and use the fuselage for protection from falling objects.
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW HIRE CLASS
F our volunteers from the FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a “Welcome Aboard” presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our 22 newest pilots and many of their spouses on 8 Jul 2017.
The new hires were assigned as MEM based FOs in the MD-11, A-300, B-757 as well as CDG 757 and HKG 75/76. Our newest pilots have a diverse background, hailing from USAF, USCG, Atlas, Express Jet, Compass, Envoy, Delta, Skywest, Republic Airlines, Pinnacle, and Corporate Aviation.
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Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 4633. Welcome aboard, gentlemen!
Michael Costigliola, Craig Reid, Donald Hilton, Matthew Osgood, Sheldon Harris, Andrew Bell, Michael Myers, Sean Gribben, Ryan McLain, Joshua Lamano, Daniel Washburn, Jeffrey Jakob, Michael Horlbeck, Andrew Arnold, Stuart Brunson, Giancarlo DellOrco, Jason Hammond, Matthew Fiechtner, Brian Witkowsky, Ronald McCurry, Justin Craig, Bill Harned (Caboose)
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PATH SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
PILOT ASSISTANCE TEAM HOTLINE (PATH) is looking to expand and is need of pilot peers. PATH training will be held October 10-12 in Memphis. If you are interested, or have any questions, contact the PATH interim Chairman Kandy Bernskoetter, Kandy.Bernskoetter@alpa.org, 773-405-4354
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FROM CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT
TIMELY SUBMISSION OF EXPENSE REPORTS/RECEIPTS
T his communication concerns the subject of pilots being payroll deducted due to missing, incorrect or late expense report receipts. Section 5.A.7. of the Agreement provides that “An expense report shall be submitted within one bid period to document expenses incurred during the preceding bid period.” Likewise, Section 8.C.5. provides, “Any time an expense is charged to a Company-issued Travel Card, a deviation ticket is purchased, or a deviation expense is incurred, an expense form shall be submitted, with appropriate original receipts (or electronic reproduction thereof)”, and “Such expense form shall be submitted no later than the end of the subsequent bid period.” The Agreement does not contain language to reopen an expense report once it is closed. We encourage all pilots to review and promptly act upon notifications concerning expense report receipts. Below are descriptions of the notifications you will receive if you have not submitted an expense report or if your credit card/ticket expenses have not been classified. Please note that the second notification is essentially the last notification upon which to act as the final notification is a notice of payroll deduction.
- At the end of a bid period, you will receive a notification to remind you of any missing credit card transactions or deviation tickets, or if you have not submitted the expense report for that bid month.
- If you still have missing receipts after the due date of the expense report (end of next bid period), you will receive a second notification.  It will remind you that some of the receipts are still outstanding and a deadline to submit the missing items to avoid payroll deduction.  PLEASE HEED THIS DEADLINE.
- A third and final notification is received if the items were not addressed from the expense report. It will detail the amount that has been submitted for payroll deduction.
PLEASE NOTE, even if you have submitted an expense report, if you still have an outstanding receipt(s) you will receive a notification regarding the missing receipt(s) and a deadline to submit the missing item(s) to avoid payroll deduction.  
Even if you think you have submitted your receipt(s) and believe that you are receiving notifications in error, please resolve the matter with Crew Audit prior to the deadline for submitting missing items.
Please contact fedex-enforcement@alpa.org if you have any CBA questions.
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MEDICAL CARE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE ON A LAYOVER OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. AND NEEDED MEDICAL CARE?
N o one ever plans a trip to the emergency room or urgent care. But what would you do if you needed to see a medical professional on a layover?
*Please note that every case is unique—the message below is intended to provide suggestions and certainly not an all-inclusive set of rules or guidelines to follow*
FIRST OF ALL, PLAN AHEAD. Every time you leave the hotel, take with you the items you will need in case of an emergency. Even if it's just a run along the river, walking a few blocks over to the grocery store, or meeting the crew for dinner, you should always carry with you:
1. Some form of identification. Some countries require you to carry your passport. In others, a driver’s license is sufficient.
2. Your healthcare card (Anthem, GeoBlue, or other). The card has an access number on it that a doctor or hospital will need in order to access your insurance and get paid. In many countries outside the U.S., medical facilities will not help you until you pay in advance. You should carry the physical card, and not just a photocopy or screen shot on your phone.
3. Your dispo. The ramp agent gives this disposition report to each crewmember when you arrive on a FedEx ramp outside the U.S. You can view generic versions on the company iPad in the SCL. The dispo not only includes information about your hotel and departure, it has numbers to the Duty Officer (DO), the local ramp, the closest hospital, and how to call emergency services like fire and police in the that country (it's only 911 in the U.S. and Canada).
4. Some cash or credit card.
UH OH, SOMETHING'S WRONG. YOU NEED MEDICAL HELP.
If you are able to get yourself to the hospital, and need assistance, have the hotel, store, restaurant or local person help call a taxi or find one for you. If possible, bring another crewmember with you to be your advocate and assist you. 
YOU'RE AT THE HOSPITAL NOW—WHAT'S NEXT?
The fastest way to get medical payments approved (and get the immediate care you need) is to have the Duty Officer call ahead to the hospital or doctor, and help facilitate for you (you must be in the FedEx Medical plan. If you have a third party insurer, the DO will not be able to help coordinate payment, as it is not a company plan.). This step is not required, but could expedite you getting the help you need. If you pay out of pocket or with your company credit card, and do not go through your insurance directly, you are responsible for those card charges. However, you can submit for reimbursement through your medical plan after treatment. 
Please note: When accessing care outside the U.S. -If covered by a FedEx Medical Plan, all urgent or emergency care will be covered under in-network provisions. Non-urgent or non-emergency care will be covered at the out-of-network benefit level. For non-urgent or non-emergency care try to go to an in-network hospital. Whether at an in or out-of-network hospital, admitted or not, request an itemized bill before leaving the facility.
OKAY, YOU'RE RELEASED TO GO BACK TO THE CREW HOTEL. NOW WHAT?
Keep the company informed. Every sick call in the field will require a phone call with the Duty Officer to discuss the situation. The company will extend your hotel, if required. If you are not able to continue your trip, the DO will send you an email with an accepted fare so you can book a ticket to your domicile (or home) once you are able to travel.
WHAT ELSE?
Call the ALPA Aeromedical office (called AMAS) at 303-341-4435. They will help you with questions about reporting your medical visit to the FAA and anything needed for the FAA and return to work. This service is free for ALPA members, and is completely confidential: www.aviationmedicine.com.
OTHER CONTACT INFORMATION
Pilot Assistance Team Hotline (PATH) available 24/7/365: 866-FDX-ALPA or 901-752-8749
ALPA PATH Chairman Kandy Bernskoetter: Kandy.Bernskoetter@alpa.org, 773-405-4354
ALPA Aeromedical Chairman Captain Ross Kendall: FedEx-aeromedchair@alpa.org, 443-880-0016
Company Aeromedical Advisor Harvey Watt & Co: 800-241-6103 or 404-767-7501
Duty Officer: 877-FLT-DUTY or 901-397-8214
Pilot Administrative Center (PAC): 901-434-5000
Crew Resource Scheduling and Fleet Captains: 901-224-5100
Anthem Medical: 866-406-0982, www.anthem.com/ca
GeoBlue: 855-282-3517 (inside the U.S.) or 610-254-5304 (outside the U.S.)  www.geo-blue.com
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