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ALA FFD Open House

ALPA Part 117 App

Training & Testing Update

DeShazer Begins Term

Sec-Treas Resignation

ARW Pilots Back the PAC

KCM Hours Extended at DCA

Retiree Pass Benefits

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Negotiating Fun Fact: Which movie opened the weekend before negotiations started on October 27, 2010, and broke the record for highest weekend debut for a horror film – surpassing Friday the 13th?  For the answer, click here.

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Want to work for Alaska Airlines? Save the Date for ALA FFD Open House
By ARW MEC

The Alaska Airlines MEC and Membership Committee, working with representatives from Alaska Airlines, are planning an open house to be held in Seattle at the end of April. Modeled after last year's successful United open houses, the Alaska Airlines open house will provide information for fee-for-departure ALPA pilots about getting hired and working as an Alaska Airlines pilot. Participating pilots also will be provided an opportunity for informal, one-on-one meet-and-greets with representatives from Alaska Airlines HR on April 22, 2015, in Seattle, Wash. From those meet-and-greet sessions, Alaska HR will select candidates for formal interviews to take place on April 23–24. Look for additional information and sign-ups in the coming weeks.

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ALPA Part 117 App CYA – A Line Pilots Perspective
By Andrew Laskey, ORF FO

 
A recent company announcement stated that some crewmembers had unknowingly violated FAR 117 – specifically 117.23 Cumulative Limitations. Crewmembers must keep track of several rolling cumulative limitations within FAR 117. Tracking can be very difficult without the aid of an electronic logbook or some other tracking method. Crew Services is also responsible for tracking these limitations, but the software they utilize isn’t always accurate. The ALPA FAR 117 application was designed to help pilots monitor their flying and track these limitations to ensure pilots don’t exceed them. Below is a first-hand account from ORF First Officer Andrew Laskey about how the FAR 117 App kept him from exceeding the 60 flight duty period hours in any 168 consecutive hours limitation. (117.23(c)1)

 

“Keeping up with the 117 rules can certainly be challenging, especially for those of us who pick up extra flying or work long duty days throughout the week. While I've always ensured my schedules are legal, calculating everything manually can become a burden over time. In January I flew with a Captain who convinced me to get the ALPA 117 app to track FDP and flight time limits. I've had the app for more than a month and it's been very simple to use. Perhaps the best part of the app is that it shows cumulative FDP and flight time limits up to date by the minute, making it easy to determine potential problems that may arise.

 

For example, recently I ran into a problem with the 60 allowable FDP hours in a 168 consecutive hour period. Due to a long work week – the result of challenging weather and junior man into a day off – I had just over 30 hours of rest between trips. As the second trip began, I knew I would need to keep a close eye on my FDP limits due to the amount of work I was scheduled to do during the course of the week.  I also knew a lot would depend on how things went with the second trip. While day one finished close to schedule, day two turned into a much longer-than-expected day due to inclement weather that moved into the PHL area. As a result, my FDP for the day was greater than expected and resulted in a significant reroute and a much longer day two than expected. Day 3 began on a Sunday and showed 7 hours and 41 minutes of FDP remaining before I exceeded 60. Given that weather prevented me from working the previous Sunday and I didn't show until 1215 on Monday, I immediately noted the FDP time wouldn't begin to subtract from the rolling 168 consecutive hours until 1215 the next day.  Any work I did up to that point would be in addition to the existing 52 hours and 19 minutes of FDP I had accumulated. My new FDP for day three was approximately 12 hours, well over what I could legally work. So prior to my first flight assignment, I contacted crew services to alert them that my scheduled FDP would need to be changed. At first, only part of the problem was fixed and I still noted that my scheduled FDP wasn't legal. Since the problem wasn't being flagged with the software in crew services, I made another call requesting to speak with a manager. Ultimately, an assistant chief pilot, a scheduling coordinator and I were able to solve the problem and I was assigned legal FDPs for days three and four to conclude my trip.

 

I credit the ALPA 117 app for allowing me to identify the FDP problem that could've led to a violation. Had I relied upon manually calculating the numbers, it could've been easy to overlook the problem. The app monitored up-to-date and accurate numbers that allowed me to immediately identify and fix a problem before it became a violation. It's important to note that while our crew services staff work extremely hard and do their best to ensure we have legal schedules, it's sometimes difficult to identify potential problems with their software as well as keep track of several hundred pilots. That's why we, as pilots, are the first line of defense when it comes to identifying our own FDP and flight time issues we may have. That's why the ALPA 117 app is, in my opinion, the best tool to help ourselves avoid getting a 117 violation.”

 

If you believe there is a problem with your schedule call Crew Services. It’s important to remember that these rules are still new for all of us. When talking to Crew Services be patient, calm and professional. If you still feel you are unable to solve the problem don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of one of your ALPA Representatives.

The ALPA Part 117 Calculator App can be found in the iTunes Store and the Android Market. You will need your ALPA number to log in to the application the first time you use it. While there, pick up the ALPA App, which among other things gives KCM locations and hours, jumpseat information, and ALPA contact information.

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Training and Testing Update – Sick Calls, Incompletes, Pay
By Charlie Mader, Training and Testing Chairman

 

As a reminder to all of our pilots - if you have an upcoming training event and are not feeling well enough to attend, the procedure for calling in sick is to call crew scheduling. If you want to call during normal business hours you can try contacting Katie Swedberg or TJ Palmer directly.  If they cannot be reached, contact scheduling and they will alert Katie and TJ about your absence. It probably goes without saying, but the earlier you are able to let them know the more time they have to work on a revised training plan for you.

Also, please ensure that prior to attending recurrent ground school that you have completed your quarterly IBT, your recurrent ground school IBT, and your SV test. The Company has indicated you will not be allowed to participate if you show up to RGS with any of these items incomplete, and has also said that there is also a possibility you will lose pay as a result of the company dropping trips to accommodate your re-scheduled training. If extenuating circumstances exist, please contact me and I will work with the company to come to an agreeable solution and hopefully avoid the incomplete IBT policy outlined on page 7-66 in the FOM.  However, it can be difficult to defend these situations when you will normally have at least a full month to complete these three tasks.

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FO William DeShazer starts Council 49 Term
By ARW MEC

The ARW MEC would like to recognize, thank, and welcome FO William DeShazer for stepping forward to serve our Union as the FO Representative and Vice Chairman for Council 49 starting a three-year team that began yesterday March 1, 2015. The position of a Local Executive Council (LEC) Representative is unique, as you simultaneously serve as a member of the ARW Master Executive Council (MEC), and as a member of the ALPA Board of Directors (BOD), which is the highest governing body of the Air Line Pilots Association, the world largest pilot union in the world representing over 50,000 Air Line Pilots. Attached to this PDH is the ARW Governing Body Structure and how ARW is ALPA.

 

Will came to Air Wisconsin in 2011 and is thrilled to work with such a great pilot group.  After serving four years in the United States Army he started his aviation career in the fall of 2000. He graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2005 with a bachelors in Aviation Science Engineering and began his journey to becoming an airline pilot. Will was a flight instructor for several years before he transitioned to flying 135 charter out of Dulles airport.  In the summer of 2008 he was hired with Comair, from where he was furloughed in 2009.  As an ALPA member since 2008, Will is grateful to further the cause of promoting pilot issues, enforcing the negotiated contract, and getting the community at large better educated about aviation.

“I really enjoy working with people and when the opportunity to run for First Officer Rep of LEC 49, I jumped at the chance.  There is no better professional cause that I would rather be a part of than that of furthering the pilot agenda.  ALPA has been an excellent resource in my career and I hope to lend my skill set to benefit the pilots of Air Wisconsin. It is a pleasure to serve.”

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ARW MEC Secretary-Treasurer Resignation
By ARW MEC

 

ARW Pilots,

 

I recently communicated to the MEC that I will be resigning my position as MEC Secretary Treasurer. Executing this position has been an incredible privilege. However, as time has gone on since being elected I am finding an imbalance with my personal time, work schedule and volunteer positions. I will remain an active volunteer through less demanding positions, but want to communicate this change directly to you.

 

Chairman Suhs and Vice Chairman Pruett will manage the responsibilities of the Secretary-Treasurer position in accordance with the ALPA Constitution and By Laws, and in compliance with that governance your MEC will hold an election at the next regularly scheduled MEC meeting. It is my intent to continue to be a resource to the MEC as much as I am able during this transition.

 

Please find the letter I sent to the MEC attached to this PDH and thank you for taking the time to read this. I am continually amazed at the sacrifice of all our volunteers and hope that my stepping down from this role does not cause a distraction for anyone.

 

Fraternally,

Jared Armstrong 

 

Captain Jared Armstrong was hired in 2005. In 2006, he was appointed to the Professional Standards Committee. Jared was then elected to serve as ARW Council 049 Secretary-Treasurer in 2007.  He was instrumental in the "Do I have a future" campaign, as well as serving on the United Arbitration distribution review team. He served three years as the Vice Chairman and First Officer representative to ARW Council 049. In February 2012 he was elected to serve as both the interim Hotel Committee Chairman and Strategic Planning and Strike Committee Chairman.  Jared has worn many hats and has excelled at all of the positions for which he has volunteered. 

Jared has the gift of gab, intertwined with a keen intellect, amazing sense of humor, and a deep sense of service. Nobody at ARW ALPA has met a greater number of pilots, shaken hands, distributed coffee, broken bread, shared conversation, and strategically prepared a pilot group for the unknown future at Air Wisconsin than Jared Armstrong. Jared has been and continues to be an ardent unionist, a brother in arms, and much more than that, a dear friend.  On behalf of the entire MEC, please join us in thanking Jared for his service, dedication, and legacy.

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ARW Pilots Back the PAC

By ARW MEC

The continued support of the PAC and ALPA's legislative work is key to the continued strength of our Union and the protection of the air line piloting profession. The ARW MEC Legislative Affairs Committee and the ARW MEC combined at large to produce ALPA-PAC's best year ever, and culminated the best year ever for the Air Wisconsin pilot group. ARW ranked 3rd overall in PAC participation behind only Mesa and Delta.  Council 49 and 50, along with the MEC, were inducted into the Key Men Society. It is the hope of your union that you will continue the commitment to the PAC and ensure ARW reaches those levels again in 2015!


ALPA-PAC is funded 100 percent by voluntary contributions from U.S. ALPA members. No dues money is used for political contributions. Every year, thousands of ALPA members demonstrate their commitment to the PAC and its goals through their contributions. Some give annually by
personal check or credit card.

The following ARW pilots “Backed the PAC” in January 2015 —for their future, for your future, and for the future of airline pilots. These pilots understand that the future of this industry and our careers will be won or lost on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.alpa.org/ALPAPAC.

 

Jared Armstrong

Nicholas Phillips

Matthew Chadwick

Jeffrey Pruett

Richard Clarke

Andrew Rabe

Reed Donoghue

Kenneth Reinert

Ryan Ellenson

Jeff Reynolds

Robert Fogelsanger

Jonathan Rich-Shea

Colin Gallagher

Matthew Romano

Miller Hudson

Brian Shaw

Matt Johnson

Kurt Shipman

Jeremy Krieger

Philip Siess

Adam LaPierre

Christopher Suhs

Anthony Lawhon

Jawad Sultan

Andrew Marsden

Terry Blake

Michael McBride

Ralph Wainwright

Rodney North

Jeffrey Wirth

Michael Perrizo

Jeffrey Woodham

 

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KCM Hours Extended at DCA
By ARW MEC


One of the newest additions to the Known Crewmember (KCM) program is Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which began operations last month with two access portals, one each in terminals B and C. However, ALPA heard from several pilot members who submitted fact-based reports about the need to extend the hours of operation there. Those reports were used to substantiate the Association's expressed views that longer operating hours were needed at DCA, and, a few days ago, ALPA was informed that DCA has now added more operating hours at both terminals. In addition to the posted morning hours of operation, TSA has now opened the portals from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at both locations. ALPA's goal is to have the KCM access portals available for the entire day, and we continue to work toward that end, along with a related goal of increasing the number of portals at the airport. Stay tuned.

More information about this valuable security program is available at
www.knowncrewmember.org and on the ALPA app. Or you may contact the ALPA Engineering & Air Safety Department at 800-424-2470 or EAS@alpa.org.

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Retiree Pass Benefits
By ARW MEC

 

The ARW ALPA Collective Bargaining Agreement covers “Passes” in Section 26. R. and outlines the persons who are eligible for the Company on-line pass privileges in accordance with the company pass policy. A few years back, Airways changed its pass policy, which resulted in less favorable benefits to code share pilots depending on when they were hired; furthermore this change affected retiree pass benefits. At the time, US Airways changed its policy to state that an Air Wisconsin pilot needed 10 years of service flying under the US Airways Banner to qualify for travel benefits. The Air Wisconsin pass Bureau verified with US/AA a few weeks ago and were told February 18, 2015 is the date we can use for retirement travel on US Airways.

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2015 Dates

March 23-26

Mediated Negotiations

April 1-2

Pilot Assistance Forum, Washington DC

May 13-14

Executive Board Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

July 20-13

Air Safety Forum, Washington DC

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

October 21-22

Executive Board Meeting

 

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