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ALPA Honors Captain Aaron Fry with ALPA’s Prestigious Presidential Citation

Training and Testing Update—ADF Deactivation

ARW MEC 2014 ‘Stache Contest Results

Committee Activity for June 2014

ALPA Scholarship Reminder

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August 15, 2014

 

 

ALPA Honors Captain Aaron Fry with ALPA’s Prestigious Presidential Citation
Fort Mill Pilot Upholds Highest Standards of Commitment and Professionalism

By ALPA Communications Staff

 

ALPA recognized Air Wisconsin Captain Aaron Fry with its Presidential Citation during ALPA’s 60th Air Safety Forum, held August 4–7 in Washington, D.C.

 

A Bombardier CRJ 200 pilot based at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, Air Wisconsin (ARW) Capt. Aaron Fry, of Fort Mill, S.C., has for two years chaired the Air Wisconsin pilot group’s Pilot Assistance Committee, which provides guidance and help to pilots facing challenges in any aspect of their professional or personal lives that may affect their work.

“As chairman of the ARW Pilot Assistance Committee, Capt. Fry has proven to be an invaluable asset to his airline and to ALPA,” said ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak. “He has helped pilots overcome professional and personal obstacles so they can perform at their very best in the cockpit.”

Capt. Fry has been instrumental in further developing and strengthening the Human Intervention and Motivation Study (HIMS) program to his airline. HIMS is specific to commercial pilots and coordinates the treatment of impaired aviators and their return to the cockpit. It is an industry-wide effort in which companies, pilot unions, and the Federal Aviation Administration work together to preserve careers and further aviation safety. “Without Capt. Fry’s dedication to enhancing and promoting the health and well-being of his fellow ALPA members, many of the pilots who he has helped may have lost their careers and their livelihoods,” added Capt. Moak.

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Training and Testing Update—ADF Deactivation
By Charlie Mader, Training and Testing Chairman

 

Hello, everyone—I recently took over the role of Training and Testing chairman and this is my first time reaching out to everyone. I will not necessarily provide updates like this regularly, but whenever a hot topic comes to my attention, whether it be from within our company or from another pilot group, I will be sure to pass it along as expeditiously as possible. There may be some overlap with what you see from company announcements or in quarterly IBT, especially from our ASAP and FOQA committees, but when it comes to safety-related information it is better to have excessiveness than insufficiency.

The company has recently and rapidly begun deactivating the ADFs on our airplanes. The loss of these ADFs creates several dilemmas for our pilots (especially as we approach the fall season) and I want to take a moment to quickly touch on one of those potential issues. I’m sure we have all seen “ADF Required” in the notes section of an instrument approach chart. Historically we have not paid much attention to this note since we have had two perfectly capable ADFs onboard, but now that they are quickly being deactivated, this note has become a boldfaced surprise when reading through the briefing strip and has potentially serious effects if misinterpreted.

In a nutshell, the FOM states that the FMS can be used to substitute for any inoperative navaid as long as the navaid does not define any part of the final approach course. This not only applies to inoperative ground receivers (VORs, NDBs, LOMs, etc.) but also to inoperative, or, in our case, deactivated airborne equipment. Since the note “ADF required” is almost always due to an NDB that is used to define a fix somewhere on the approach or the missed approach, the FMS is a perfectly legal substitute for ADF in order to identify or even hold over these fixes.

Basically the only time that the FMS cannot be used as a substitute is if you need to use it for lateral course guidance on the final approach such as in a VOR radial on a VOR approach or an NDB bearing on an NDB approach. So, to reiterate, even though the chart says ADF required, you can almost always use the FMS in its place—sorry, no diversion pay. If you would like to read more on this topic you can reference AIM 1-2-3 as it is the primary guidance behind the language in our FOM.

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ARW MEC 2014 ‘Stache Contest Results
By ARW MEC and Communications

 

The results of the 2014 ARW ‘Stache Contest have been tallied. We are pleased to announce the winners and notable entrants of this year’s contest as selected by a super secret panel of judges.

Overall scoring (180 points maximum):
First place: Jared Armstrong (151 points)
Second place: Wayne Lougheed (150 points)
Third place: Chris Suhs (141 points)

Criteria leaderboard (30 pomints maximum):
Fullness: Jared Armstrong and Wayne Lougheed (30 points each)
Color: Jared Armstrong (27 points)
Grooming: Jared Armstrong and Rich Clarke (27 points each)
Desirability: Rich Clarke (19 points)
Artistry: Jared Armstrong (21 points)
Absorbency: Wayne Lougheed (30 points)

Categories (one selection per judge):
Best in Show: Wayne Lougheed (2)
Best representation of a prominent historical, political, or popular culture figure: Chris Ward as Pancho Villa (1)
Most creative/original: Jared Armstrong (2)
Most disturbing: Richard Swindell (1), Aric Newsted (1)
Really?: Aric Newsted (1), Michael Stromburg (1)
Best false ‘stache: Jen Reineck (2)

The entrants and winners will be prominently featured in the Autumn 2014 issue of the Wiss-key, which should be coming out in October. The ARW MEC and Communications Committee would like to thank all those who entered, and a special thanks to the judges for their consideration in selecting this year’s winners.

The scoring tally sheet is attached for those who are interested in the overall ranking.

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Committee Activity for June 2014
By Jeff Pruett, MEC Vice Chairman

 

This article provides you with an overview of our committees, building on updates from past MEC communications, including Facebook and other mediums. Our ARW ALPA volunteers do an incredible amount of “heavy lifting” for our pilot group, ALPA, the MEC, and Air Wisconsin (that’s right, we’re trying to help Air Wisconsin become a better company). While it’s important for you to know about the work that’s being done, it’s equally important for you to understand the role each committee has in helping the MEC fulfill its mission. This is a summary of the work of your fellow line pilot ALPA volunteers.

In July, Legislative Affairs Chairman Brendan Cantwell and Jumpseat/Security Chairman Nick Chichester recorded committee updates for the pilot group. These and other outstanding podcasts are available here, and iPhone users can download the ipadio podcast app here and search for “Air Wisconsin Pilots.”


Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback was busy throughout July fielding numerous phone calls from various pilots. We presently have six pilots out on short-term disability. The short-term disability bank balance is roughly $60,000, and the bank funding is turned off per Section 27 G. 10 of the CBA.

The ASAP Committee is composed of Chairman Dan Lehenbauer and Secondary Representatives Chris Fuson and Marlena Mattingly. Due to the confidential nature of this committee, the exact details of their work are not reported to the MEC or the pilot group, and are protected under federal regulations and the ASAP memo of understanding. Nevertheless, this “behind the scenes” committee provides prolific service and enormous safety benefits to our pilot group, our company, and the airline industry. Regular Event Review Committee meetings were held via Telecom July 9, 16, and 23.

Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Kristen Brown reports that the Fatigue Risk Management Program held meetings on July 25 and 29. Several reports were reviewed as well as open corrective actions and recent FAR 117 interpretations. The Fatigue Risk Management Team is still discussing potential corrective actions but has not issued any regarding systemic issues such as AM/PM swaps.

On July 23, while on a RON, Kristen met and had lunch with Air Wisconsin Managing Director of Safety Chris White to discuss various topics and issues regarding safety; among them the transition to Dan Lehenbauer as the interim CASC chair. Kristen accepted a class at Delta Air Lines and resigned from Air Wisconsin effective August 8, 2014.

The MEC would like to thank Capt. Kristen Brown for her service, dedication, endurance, and success during her tenure as the CASC chairman. The position of CASC chairman holds great responsibility, and Kristen’s advocacy positively affected every pilot flying the line. Capt. Brown has been a tireless advocate for a just safety culture, properly functioning safety programs, and forward progress in all aspects of pilot safety—including maintenance, deicing, fatigue, pilot pushing, data protection, and pilot training. Under her leadership, the CASC and its subcommittees (ASAP, FOQA, Aeromedical, CIRP, and Central Accident Investigation) worked independently, efficiently, and prolifically. Thank you Kristen—you will be missed!

Communications Committee Chairman Ken Reinert has started planning for the next edition of the Wiss-key, setting a print date in early October 2014, just prior to the ARW MEC and ALPA BOD meetings. Interested pilots are encouraged to put forward articles and/or pictures of interest to the pilot group with a submission deadline of September 1, 2014. Submissions should be sent to Ken.Reinert@alpa.org. Contact any local representative for more information or for inspiration.

FOQA Committee Chairman Ron Stocki reported in April that, due to an oversight by the Air Wisconsin Safety Department, a new event definition was not sent to IATA (the FDR analysis vendor) in a timely fashion, causing a delay to their monthly report. Since the FOQA Committee didn’t have that report, the April FMT (FOQA Monitoring Team) meeting was canceled. The new event definition that caused the cancellation of the April FMT meeting had been cleared up, but not in time to get a report for the May meeting, which was also canceled. The June FMT was canceled due to program manager Gregg Syring having a scheduling conflict. The monthly FOQA Monitoring Team conference call was held on July 14. Only Gregg Syring and Ron were able to be on the call due to scheduling conflicts with the rest of the group. The recent lack of FMT meetings was addressed, with a recommitment to uphold the future meeting schedule and correct these lapses moving forward.

 

Grievance Committee Members Graham Downing and Ken Nesbitt are now in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Graham or Ken regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling them back or responding to their e-mail as quickly as possible. Issues are resolved through an organized and time-critical process during which the issue form filer needs to be actively engaged. Also, when filing an issue form, provide as much detailed information as you can about the alleged contract violation. Please include a copy of your schedule, a description of the event with applicable names and times, why you believe the contract has been violated, and under what section.

Grievance Committee Chairman Maggie Eickhoff reports that the Grievance Committee received 20 issue forms from pilots in July; additionally, several issue forms were withdrawn for no merit. The committees contacted 7 pilots and are awaiting more information for the issue to move forward, have 9 issue forms awaiting a response from the company, and have secured 8 settlements for pilots.

Jumpseat/Security Committee Chairman Nick Chichester and committee fielded questions from the pilot group about boarding priorities when it comes to jumpseating. The committee advises that when there is doubt, try to get the gate agent to let you talk to the captain, as they always have final say. Additionally, the committee reports continued issues in CLT. This airport continues to be the source of most jumpseating problems regardless of traveling off-line or on-line. The JS/S committee asks that if you run into issues in Charlotte, please fill out a Jumpseat Complaint form on alpa.org and be as detailed as possible with names, gate, time, and description of what happened.

Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Brendan Cantwell reports that through the Coffee & Conversation events in July, we added 8 new online contributors to the PAC, and that we are still waiting to get the final numbers of pilots that sent in cash/check directly to ALPA.

ALPA National could not have made it any easier for you to voice your support for our profession—it’s so easy that you would have to try to not care about your future and choose to ignore your responsibility to secure it. If you want to change the industry, secure your profession, and influence changing the federal rules, regulations, and policies that affect you and our profession, then you need to help ALPA effect change by donating to ALPA-PAC. Now is the time to donate to help secure your career and the airline piloting profession—the future of this industry and our careers will be won or lost on Capitol Hill.

Membership Committee Chairman Brian Gambino asks all pilots to check with their fellow pilots to confirm they are receiving ALPA communications. If they are not, please have them contact the Membership Committee at ARWMembership@alpa.org so that we may remedy the situation. During the month of July, Brian processed one application for a new hire who contacted the committee regarding not receiving ALPA communications, fielded three e-mails regarding ALPA members-only website sign-on issues, assisted the Scheduling Committee plan the all reserve pilots conference calls, processed three online member info update forms, and answered numerous ALPA National ARW member inquiries

Scheduling Committee Chairman Tybee Halter would also like to remind all pilots to be firm, fair, and friendly when dealing with Crew Scheduling. Follow the guidance on the back of your ARW ALPA badge backer and remember that you are on a recorded phone line. Please report all issues to your Scheduling Committee, even if the issue was satisfactorily remedied by Crew Scheduling or a flight manager. If the issue was unresolved, file an issue form. If you do not have a badge backer, please contact Membership Chairman Brian Gambino at 516-263-4735 or ARWMembership@alpa.org.

On behalf of the MEC, I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication. Much of the progress experienced and many of the goals realized by ARW ALPA are achieved as a result of the ongoing efforts of your volunteers. Thank you.

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ALPA Scholarship Reminder
By ARW MEC

Each year, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l grants a four-year college scholarship. The annual grant is $3,000, which may be renewed on three occasions if adequate academic standing is maintained. Four such scholarships are currently in effect. Also, an additional $2,000 is authorized annually by the Executive Council for scholarship funding that may be used to either augment the four regular awards under the program or to establish one or two one-year awards. Although the basic scholarship program envisions assistance to an applicant for four consecutive years, nothing prohibits the consideration of scholarship applications from currently enrolled college students.

To be eligible for the ALPA scholarship program, an applicant must be the dependent of a medically retired, long-term disabled, or deceased ALPA member.

Although ALPA National and the ARW MEC attempt to keep track of all those who are eligible for an ALPA scholarship, it is greatly appreciated if you let us know if you’re aware of someone who may be eligible. Please contact a member of the MEC or Communications Committee so we can take further action.

Applicants for the 2015–2016 scholarship may apply for the award at any time; however, it is recommended that they do so in late January or February 2015, making certain that interested individuals have their application on file at ALPA National no later than April 1, 2015. Recipient selection will be made by May or June 2015.

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ALPA Wants Your Photos
By ARW MEC

 

ALPA needs photos of pilot groups in action, in uniform, and in command.

They are developing several projects for the BOD and they need your photos to make sure ARW pilots are represented. ALPA needs about 20+ from every group to make sure they have enough. Photos should be emailed to Kimberly.Seitz@alpa.org before August 27.

Some details:

• the photos need to be hi-res (300 dpi) so that they can be enlarged

• photos from iPhones, Androids, and the like work great—just make sure you use the higher resolution format

• please provide photos of a variety of people—ten shots of the same person doing the same thing is pretty much the same photo—doing a variety of things

 

• last time, ALPA received a number of photos from pilots currently serving in the military and it was a great way to recognize our troops—please send those along

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Resignations

Pilot ID   Pilot Name   Terminated Date
9925   McCracken, Benjamin   7/15/2014
13259   LaCoste, Mason   7/11/2014
14307   Keethler, Garret   7/2/2014
14364   Mazur, Marcus   7/20/2014
14442   Markuson, Matthew   7/16/2014
14462   Johnson, Erik   7/21/2014
16943   Howard, Michael   7/10/2014
17876   Britt, Westley   7/30/2014
18348   Wood, Carol   7/13/2014
22369   Hutchcroft, Christian   7/10/2014
24649   Day, Michael   7/1/2014
25380   Story, David   7/2/2014
25398   Bushey, Jeffrey   7/2/2014
25583   Habelt, Nathaniel   7/23/2014

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Upcoming Dates

2014 DATES

Aug. 26

MEC Officers Begin New 2-Year Term

Sept. 9

FFDC Meeting, Herndon

Sept. 10-11

ALPA Executive Board Meeting, IAD

Sept. 24-25

UAL FFD Open House, DEN

Oct. 6-8

Mediation (Tentative)

Oct. 11-17

MEC Meeting, FLL

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting, FLL

2015 Dates

 

Feb 13-21

MEC Regular Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

 

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The Pay Day Hotline is an electronic, semimonthly publication of the ARW MEC. Questions or comments about the material it contains may be directed to a local council representative or the Communications Committee at arwcommunications@alpa.org.

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