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FROM THE MEC VICE CHAIRMAN
A few years ago, I wrote a message discussing the importance of participating in ALPA PAC. I explained that we could have the very best contract in the world and with one stroke of the pen, it could be gutted. Below is an example of what a stroke of the pen can do to our profession. This is a huge deal, yet only 20% of our pilots were interested enough to take the 30 seconds to participate in the Call to Action to defeat this provision of the FAA Reauthorization Act. The vote takes place this Wednesday. Please use this link and pass it along to friends and family, they too can participate. Section 744 does not only pose a safety risk to pilots, but also every home that these planes fly over. Call to actions and the power of the PAC are our only real way to fight. Please consider joining the PAC today. 
SEC. 744. Single-piloted commercial cargo aircraft.
(a) Program.—The FAA, in consultation with NASA and other relevant agencies, shall establish a research and development program in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.
(b) Review.—The FAA, in consultation with NASA, shall conduct a review of FAA research and development activities in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.
(c) Report.—Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall transmit a report to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate that describes—
(1) the program established under subsection (a); and
(2) the results of the review conducted under subsection (b).
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FedEx Master Executive Council Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Capt. Bill Secord, joined by ALPA Lobbyist Jordan Austin, spoke before 45 Legislative Directors of the moderate Republican caucus. Section 744 of the FAA reauthorization bill was covered in depth. 
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Where: 
AOC Room B353 (located outside the lunch room)
Time: 
11:00am to 1:00pm
Available Dates: 
April 25, May 2, 3 
*please note that once an available date has reached a sign up of 20 pilots, you will no longer see that date as an option
 
Registration limited to 20 pilots at each meeting. 
Starting April 11th, we will commence a series of Focus Meetings in the AOC during the afternoon Memphis hub turns. These meetings will be attended by Union volunteers and a member of the Negotiating Committee. This will allow you time to ask your questions regarding the development work on the Variable Benefit Pension Plan.  Space is limited so each available date will be limited to the first 20 pilots who sign up via the registration form here. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and sign-up to attend a Focus Meeting. Meetings beyond these dates will be made available in Memphis and also at other pilot domiciles. Additional dates and locations will be announced in a separate communication.
2018 CDHP WELLNESS REWARD
P ilots enrolled in the CDHP Purple or Orange that have not completed the Anthem Health Rewards program still have until September 30, 2018 to complete the requirements to receive the wellness reward for the 2018 plan year. Once the pilot completes the wellness requirements, the wellness reward will be deposited into the pilot’s HSA or HRA within 60 days of completion.
The Anthem Health Rewards program, outlined in CBA Section 27.G.12., provides $300 for each the pilot and pilot’s eligible spouse when they each complete the Anthem Health Rewards program. The pilot and pilot’s eligible spouse must complete the Anthem Health Assessment and two wellness activities/programs to receive the wellness reward. Pilots can complete the Anthem Health Assessment and track the completion of their wellness activities/programs at http://anthem.com/ca under the Health & Wellness tab. Both the pilot and the eligible spouse must complete their individual assessments using their individual login information.
ALPA R&I recommends that you keep a copy (electronic or print) of your finished health assessment. In the unlikely event that there is an administrative issue, this may serve as a record that the required program task was completed.  Additionally, your assessment will include a wellness score that you may find useful when comparing year-over-year.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the FedEx MEC Benefits Specialists at 901-752-8749. 
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MEC ENDORSES FEDEX PILOT FOR ALPA NATIONAL PRESIDENT
During last week's MEC meeting, the FDX MEC endorsed Captain Joe DePete for the position of ALPA President. National officer elections will be held at the 47th Regular ALPA Board of Directors Meeting in October. 
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MEC VICE CHAIRMAN POSITION 
W ith the recent election of Captain John Cardaci as MEC Chairman beginning on June 4, 2018, we will soon need to fill the MEC Vice Chairman position. Interested candidates should submit a résumé and/or position letter to MEC Secretary Treasurer Captain Rich Zins at Rich.Zins@alpa.org and copy MEC Secretary Treasurer elect Captain Don Ray at Don.Ray@alpa.org.
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JUMPSEAT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
W e are currently seeking a chairman for an opening in the Jumpseat Committee. Any interested pilot should contact MEC Secretary Treasurer Captain Rich Zins at Rich.Zins@alpa.org.
FROM THE GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE
Enforcing Section 8.A.5.d. (Company Purchase of Higher Class of Service Tickets in Bid Period Package):  
If you are due a higher class of service on a bid package trip, management is obliged to purchase your ticket before it purchases tickets requiring a lower class of service. We recently received a report from a pilot concerning this type of situation. 
Initially, 3 weeks prior to his deadhead, he checked Business class availability and noticed that there were 7 seats available, but no ticket purchased for him. A week or so later, the company purchased an Economy class ticket without a request for an upgrade to a higher class of service.” The pilot was able to contact Global Travel and obtain a ticket in the appropriate class of service, but the delay in purchasing his ticket and the eventual failure to include an upgrade request warrant a closer look at how this benefit is being processed for everyone. We are asking that you participate in tracking the timing of purchasing of tickets for your scheduled deadheads, especially when a higher class of service is contractually mandated, and inform ALPA of any issues or system failures. Please use the form found here ( http://fdxcomm.alpa.org/dhfeedback/) to record and submit all deadhead ticket information as it applies to you. If you find a delay in the purchase of your ticket, we recommend that you also contact Global Travel and separately document the event with Contract Enforcement.
FROM THE SAFETY COMMITTEE
The following NASA ASRS reports highlight issues that our crews need to be aware of when using their EFBs. Please note that most of the issues reported involved zooming in and missing CRITICAL information. Click here to read the full report. 
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T hanks to your generous donations, we were able to help raise more than $50,000 in order to sponsor a Pilots for Kids/Airplane themed hospital room at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. The dedication and grand opening for the new room will be held on Friday, May 18th. All pilots are invited and spouses and children are welcome. If you would like to attend, please plan to meet in the lobby of the hospital (2001 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis) for a reception beginning at 1100. After a couple of very brief presentations during the reception, everyone will proceed to the room for the dedication, ribbon cutting and tour. 
If you are planning on attending the event, or have any questions, please contact IND Pilots for Kids coordinator Captain Dan Ferracciolo at Dan.Ferracciolo@alpa.org.
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QUESTION REGARDING "SWW 48HR/VAC INPUT CLOSING" textcaster 
If you are signed up for TextCaster alerts, you may have recently received the following text:
"SWW 48Hr/Vac Input Closes Fri 1200 MEM time"
We received questions regarding that text and wanted to clarify that is refers to the Secondary Line Upgrade program. As in the CBA & Pocket Calendar, SWW = Secondary Working Window. "Vac" was added because secondary line holders can make certain vacation adjustments during the first 48 hours and we don’t want them to forget.
From the 10Apr2018 Positive Rate:
The company is rolling out the secondary line upgrade software for three bid-packs in April: Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Hong Kong. This is to work through any issues that may arise for pilots using the new system and correct them before going live for all bid-packs in May. The upgrade can affect all line holders. Please reference FCIF 18-0125 and the CBA for details.
There are now 2 "close" dates for the secondary line in these bidpacks: (1) The first 48 hours and (2) the complete 144 hours. ( 25.E.6.) The first 48 hours is important because certain vacation adjustments can only be accomplished during this period. ( 25.E.6.b.)
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CREWPAD IS COMING TO THE PILOT IPAD
CrewPad, a new iPad application provided by Flight Training Support, is coming to the Pilot iPad. CrewPad will enable pilots to download selected LMS lessons to the Pilot iPad for completion at any time. CrewPad will work as follows:
  1. Over the internet, CrewPad will connect to FedEx LMS and determine what courses are available for download.
  2. The user will select which courses to download. The downloaded lessons will then reside on the iPad and may be accessed and completed at any time with no further need of an internet connection.
  3. After lesson completion and with an internet connection, CrewPad will again connect to FedEx LMS and update user records to ensure the pilot receives credit for the course completion.
CrewPad will be initially released to Airbus pilots for the completion of the 2018 May/June Tri-Annual LMS. After the application has been proven dependable in these circumstances, CrewPad will be released to all pilots. Please understand that not all LMS courses will be immediately available for use with CrewPad. Each LMS lesson must be in a particular format to be usable and Flight Training Support is currently working to format each LMS lesson.
For instructions on how to setup and use CrewPad, please reference the CrewPad User Guide located on the iPad Support site or on the Pilot iPad in Content Locker > Reference > Pilot Tablet and tap to download the document.
Feel free to contact us in iPad Support with any questions or comments using FDCMS@fedex.com.
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