Positive Rate Weekly - 12/19/17
Positive Rate Weekly - 12/19/17


S ome of you have recently received a notice very similar to the attached letter from ALPA National Membership. It is important to note that if you stay in bad standing through the end of December, you will be dis-enrolled from all your ALPA Insurance Programs to include the FDX MEC Supplemental Long-Term Disability program. You will not be able to re-enroll without evidence of insurability (good health) in these programs until the next open enrollment occurs. Pilots currently on disability are not put on bad standing and are not affected by this deadline. You can easily become a member in good standing by paying your balance or contacting ALPA National Membership to arrange an arrangement (payment) plan. ALPA National Membership can be reached at 1-888-359-2572, option 3 or membership@alpa.org.
IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON'S spirit of giving, many of our fellow pilots have been spreading joy and cheer to various schools, hospitals, and daycare centers throughout different cities. It’s during these annual visits that we are truly humbled by your generosity that allows us to make the day a little brighter for those in our communities.
Through the FedEx Pilots’ Charitable Fund and the Pilots for Kids program, our pilots are helping families in various cities celebrate Christmas delivering food, gifts, clothing, and money during the month of December. 
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year brings, but these visits are something our pilots look forward to every year. These visits provide our pilots with an opportunity to reach out to the communities in which we live and affect the lives of children and families. Thank you for your support—we wouldn’t be successful without your contributions each year. 
membership committee welcomes new hires
O n Tuesday, December 12th, the Membership Committee had the pleasure of welcoming 25 new pilots and several of their spouses to the FedEx family. They come to us from a diverse background including Compass, Trans States, Jet Blue, Skywest, Republic, Atlas, Express Jet, United, PSA, US Marine Corps, US Navy and US Coast Guard.  The new hires were awarded MEM MD-11, A-300 and B-757. The famous caboose seniority number is 4750.
Please help us welcome:
Robert Hockett, John Collns, Daniel Albright, Brandon Herrington, Bradly Vomacka, Lee Weiner, Thomas Bockrath, Dylan Daines, Brian Entremont, Gabriel Wetlesen, Matthew Pound, Jovan O’Bryant, Keith DeGryse, Stephen Jutras, Ronnie Warren, Kyle Anderson, Jarryd Elloy, Steven Early, Luis Putzeys, Jeffrey Curry, Jason Boman, Joseph Accardo, Daniel Gorline, David Redwine, Geoffrey Stow
T o our female aviators, I am pleased to announce that Uniform Chairman Tim King and I, along with the help of Kandy Bernskoetter and Christine Miller, have successfully collaborated with Flight Management to provide a jacket made just for women. You no longer have to wear men’s winter coats that don’t fit. That has been a complaint for some time now, and I am pleased to announce that we have narrowed the selection down to two Patagonia coats of which you will chose one from—majority rules.
Please follow this link https://pilot.fedex.com/m/general-info/uniforms/womens-parkas.shtml to take a short (one-question) survey to express your preference between the two. The survey will run for two weeks. During this time, a size medium of each coat will hang in the foyer of the Fleet Captain area. Please take a look at the parka options. One is quite a bit warmer than the other, but otherwise the coats are similar in cut, length and style. At the end of the two-week survey, the coat with the most votes will be authorized as the women’s uniform parka.
I hope these choices meet your needs in both fit and function.
Fly safe,
John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman
Reminder: Pilots Retiring on December 31, 2018 who are at least Age 60 but under age 65
I f you are planning on retiring December 31, 2018 at or after age 60 but under age 65, you have until December 31, 2017 to submit your Advance Notice of Planned Retirement to qualify for the retirement bonus in Section 28.F. of the CBA. The End of Career Sick Leave/Advance Notice of Planned Retirement Bonus requires that a pilot submit an advance notice of his/her retirement date at least 12 months in advance of the retirement date and actually retire on that date. The date may be any December 31st after the pilot’s 60th birthday or any day in the month the pilot turns age 65. Pilots can submit their planned retirement date using the Advance Retirement Notice form that can be completed on http://pilot.fedex.com by selecting “VIPS” then entering “retire” in the keyword search field.
From the R&I Committee
Attention: Pilots Who Planned to Disenroll in Tricare for 2018 to Enroll in One of the CDHP HSA Options: 
It has come to ALPA’s attention that an error occurred in the FedEx enrollment system during the 2017 Annual Enrollment period. The enrollment system prompted questions to determine the pilot’s eligibility for benefits. One of the questions was “Are you eligible for Tricare?” If the pilot answered "yes," the enrollment system did not allow the pilot to enroll in either of the CDHP HSA options. For pilots who planned to disenroll in Tricare for 2018, the answer to this question should have been "no."
If you planned to disenroll in Tricare for 2018 in order to enroll in one of the CDHP HSA options, but were unable to do so because of the enrollment system glitch, you may do so now. There is a correction period that ends on December 31st, which allows you to make enrollment corrections. To make corrections, please contact Pilot Benefits Administration (PBA) at 866.795.6353.
Please be aware that as of 12 December, the Beneficiary Web Enrollment website is not operational for veterans to make changes to their TRICARE. It should be available at the end of December. We realize that the end of the year is rapidly approaching and ALPA is working with FedEx Benefits to achieve a resolution to this issue. 
October Retirees
The FDX MEC and R&I Committee would like to congratulate the following ALPA members who retired in October and thank them for their years of participation in the Association.
Captain Karen Parker, Captain Gary Hathaway, Captain Gary Janelli, Captain Rick Ormsby, First Officer Ed Reed, Captain Orie Pierce, Captain John Fisher, and Captain Mark Newsome
Total retirements from January to October, were 75, of whom, 70 were ALPA members.
As we approach the holidays, we would like to provide you with the dates and times the MEC office will be closed. Please see details below.
Friday, December 22nd – Closed
Monday, December 25th - Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 26th – Closed
Monday, January 1st – New Year’s Day
We wish each of you a safe and happy holiday season! 
The following article was featured in the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) flight safety publication. We feel this is an excellent article on a very current topic and encourage you to take a few moments and read it. 
Don’t Put Yourself in the Frame
There’s nothing more impressive than saying to your kids, “look here’s a video of Daddy/Mummy landing their aeroplane.” This often works quite well with slightly older people as well apparently, but do you know how vulnerable you are leaving yourself when you introduce your personal camera into the cockpit? Firstly, you could be introducing a flight safety hazard; the Daily Mail reported earlier this year on an incident where 33 passengers were injured after a pilot’s personal camera interfered with the controls and caused a rapid descent. Secondly, you may be contravening company rules—that won’t be a pleasant phone call. Finally, and really importantly, you may find any images you take (or are taken of you) being used against you or your colleagues in the event of something going wrong. In a recent fatal accident investigation, the police asked for all AAIB material to be released to them but a judge opined that nothing could be released, as that could prove detrimental to future flight safety reporting. Nothing, that is, except for the personal video camera that the pilot had installed to film his flying. That’s gold dust to some people.
Of course you may find that your “David Bailey/Spielberg” worshiping colleague posts his imagery on social media and some eagle-eyed member of the public may just notice something that you appear to have missed. Even if nothing is actually amiss this could generate some undesirable attention and remember, these pictures and videos will be there forever. So the next time you are tempted to capture the amazing sights that this job exposes us to, or your fellow aviator says “it’s OK to take some pictures/take a video, isn’t it?” can we suggest that you think very carefully about all the possible ramifications. As we begin to see aircraft being delivered from factories with cameras fitted as standard we need to make sure any images from the “office” are dealt with in a sensible, legal and agreed way, and we need your help to make sure that happens.

We've completed our Pilots for Kids events in IND and MEM, but we still have a couple more events in ANC and LAX. Below you will find information regarding the remaining events and how you can participate. 
Fedex Military Liaison 
T he Company's Military Liaison, Jack Ramsaur will be on a medical leave of absence from his position from approximately 21 December through 30 January to undergo back surgery. In his absence, Dexter Tutor will be executing the duties of Military Liaison. Please continue to contact the ALPA Military Affairs Committee at phil.faucheux@alpa.org with any feedback pertaining to communications with the Company during Peak concerning your military duties.
Christmas Epaulets in Memory of John Knutson
J ohn Knutson was a pilot for North Central, Republic, and Northwest Airlines who lost his battle with stomach cancer in 1997 at the age of 56. John was also a veteran of the United States Army. About 8 years ago, John's widow, Mary, got the idea to start making Christmas Epaulets. The money started to come in and she decided that all proceeds should go to the
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Scholarship Foundation in John's memory, as he was a 1959 graduate of Chetek High School. Recently, in recognition of John's sense of patriotism and his military service, it was decided that 50% of all profits from Christmas Epaulets be given to Snowball Express. Snowball Express is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to helping the children between the ages of 5 and 18 of deceased military veterans. Snowball Express is devoted to bettering the lives and futures of the children of our fallen military heroes!
To order your pair of Christmas Epaulets, please click here.
ipad support - content locker: Search Feature
ften times one can get overwhelmed by documents or pages, when searching for a specific item. Content Locker offers a search feature of the library and within documents. To use, tap the magnifying glass icon to start search.
For document search tap the search icon on the home screen of Content Locker. To search within the document tap the search icon while in a document. 
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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