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ARW – “Safety First” – Especially with Extensions

FRMP Reminders

Hotel Committee Update

Hotel Committee Survey

Committee Activity for March 2014

ARW ‘Stache Contest Underway

Changes to Recognize All Legally Recognized Married Spouses  

Retirement and Insurance Update

ARW MEC Election Notice

Training and Testing Update

FAA Implemented Climb Via

Sign the Petition to Stop NAI

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We continue to get calls that indicate Flight Management continues to misuse the Fatigue Risk Management Program by threatening pilots with unavailabilities in order to coerce pilots into taking FDP extensions. It has been reported that Flight Managers have stated to our pilots that they must be either “fatigued” and participate in the FRMP or they are “unavailable.”  Further, if the pilot chooses the “fatigue” route and does not complete the fatigue report, they are given an unavailable retroactively.

 

We have asked the FAA and they have been clear: A pilot does not need to be fatigued to decline concurrence of a 31-minute or greater extension under the new FAR 117 rules and is therefore not required to participate in the FRMP, nor should they be threatened or given discipline. The company’s practices damage the intention of the rule, create a hostile work environment, and undermine the safety environment at this airline. To the Association’s knowledge, Air Wisconsin is the only airline engaging in this behavior.

 

Your FAR 117 Table B limit is your maximum Flight Duty Period. The FARs override contractual limits when the FAR is more restrictive. This is the maximum amount of time that the FAR allows you to be in a Flight Duty Period unless an extension is applied. The carrier gets the first 30-minute extension without asking the pilots, so when you sign your flight fitness statement, you must include the idea that you may be required to work 30 minutes longer than is listed in that Table B. It is imperative that each pilot know what his or her FDP limit is for each Flight Duty Period.

 

The FAR requires that a carrier’s request for an extension must be caused by an “unforeseen operational circumstance” and a pilot is entitled to ask the carrier to state what that unforeseen operational circumstance is that is supporting the request for the extension. Nowhere in FAR 117 or the FAA interpretations does it say that a pilot is required to give a reason to a Scheduler or Flight Manager, or file a report if they decide against a Flight Duty Period Extension. The FAA has confirmed this for us in discussions.

 

Pre-takeoff, a pilot has no obligation to accept an over-30-minute FDP Extension. However, when you are asked to concur with the carrier’s request for an over-30-minute FDP extension, the FAA requires that you use your professional judgment before concurring with that request. When you accept an extension beyond 30-minutes, you are substituting the FAA’s judgment as to what your Maximum Flight Duty Period should be for your own.  If you are involved in an incident or accident during the extension that you accepted, expect to have your judgment thoroughly investigated and questioned. 

 

When you are asked to concur with the carrier’s request for an FDP extension, politely request what the unforeseen operational circumstances are that support the carrier’s request and evaluate these circumstances in making your professional judgment. Carefully evaluate these unforeseen operational circumstances, the overall safety of the operation, and the fitness of your crew and their ability to take the extension to which you are agreeing. Keep in mind you may feel perfectly fine and not fatigued at the 13 ½ hour mark of a maximum 14-hour FDP day, but at the 14 ½ hour mark you may hit the fatigue wall. You do not want this to happen to you when you are airborne. Shooting an instrument approach to minimums on a dark, stormy night 15 minutes after you’ve hit the fatigue point is a recipe for disaster. Once you reach that fatigue point, your decision-making is impaired.

 

After you assess with your crew whether you and they feel they are and will be fit to continue, and as PIC,you have concluded that the operation can be safely operated, contact Crew Scheduling and notify them that you are able to accept an extension for a specified time for a specified total Flight Duty Period. If in your judgment the operation cannot be safely conducted, do not agree.  As PIC, you should be absolutely sure that neither you nor your crew will become fatigued during the FDP Extension. Keep in mind that the PIC is allowed to specify that you and your crew would be fit to take an extension that is for a period less than the maximum of 2 hours (45 minutes for example). Just because you are willing to accept an extension, does not automatically provide an opportunity for the company to tack on two additional hours of duty. Again, the PIC may stipulate the amount of time the crew is willing and able to accept.

 

The purpose of requiring the carrier to make the request for the extension was to insert an opportunity for the crew to assess their fitness and the overall circumstances before agreeing to continue because scientific research has shown that by the time a pilot realizes he or she is fatigued, they were in fact fatigued several hours ago and should have stopped flying at that point.

 

The ARW MEC is not telling you that you should not take FDP extensions. We want to clarify so you make informed decisions whether to accept an FDP Extension. If a Scheduler, Flight Manager, or Dispatcher tells you it is a requirement for you to continue, you must remind yourself that the FAA has placed its trust in the judgment of the PIC to make the right call in the interests of safety.

 

In all cases where you are feeling pressured into accepting an extension, file an ASAP report and an issue form, and call your Local Representative. This will allow us to obtain the tapes, address the circumstances of the matter and help you resolve any remaining effects of the matter. Pilots should file ASAP reports any time the pilot is involved in an operation in which the 117 FAR rules are not being correctly interpreted by the Company. If you do not concur with an extension here is a suggested response: “The FAA has determined that the maximum appropriate duty time based on a start time of (fill in) and flying (fill in) legs is (fill in) hours. This duty time limit, published in FAR 117, is based on the best science available and was arrived at with input from all parties, including the airlines. I agree with the FAA’s determination and in order to remain in compliance with the Rule, I do not wish to exceed the limit contained in the regulation.”

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FRMP Reminders
By Ralph Wainright, CASC Member

The Fatigue Risk Management Team would like to thank all pilots for using the Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP) responsibly as you have been.  We would like to give you a few reminders about the program.

 

First, the FRMP is completely non-punitive.  Any fatigued pilot who uses the FRMP and relieves him or herself from duty should never fear disciplinary action, including probationary pilots.  Once you advise Crew Services that you are fatigued, they will immediately remove you from duty and either provide 12 hours of rest at a hotel and/or positive space travel back to domicile. 

 

Also, please remember to fill out a mandatory Fatigue Report within 72 hours per the FOM.  This can be found on the left hand side of Crew Self Service under Pilot Forms.  Click on "Fatigue Report" and use the same WBAT login as you would to fill out an ASAP report. 

 

Finally, we also ask that you please fill out both a Fatigue Report and an ALPA hotel complaint form if your fatigue call was due to a hotel issue. This will ensure that the problem is addressed on multiple levels as necessary.

 

Thank you again for your participation in the Fatigue Risk Management Program; the more data we receive, the better we can address our fatigue issues.

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Hotel Committee Update
By Laura Assia, Hotel Committee Member

Two hotel changes have been made in our system:  Islip (ISP) and Fayetteville (FAY).

 

The hotel in ISP is called UPSKY Long Island Hotel (formerly a Sheraton). The UPSKY has a restaurant on site that offers a 25% discount. They also have a Cafe Pronto on property that sells Starbucks coffee along with grab-and-go items. Applebees is across the street. The hotel provides transportation to locations within a 3 mile radius of the hotel, which includes Leonardo's Pizza, IHOP, Madison Steak House, Bertucci's - a brick oven pizza restaurant --  Hurricane Grill and Wings, Chipotle and Wendy's. Other restaurants in the area , which the hotel van should be able to transport you to: Premier Diner (open until 1 am daily), San Marco (a Northern Italian and French restaurant), Butterfields (Mandarin), and Meson Ole (Tex Mex). The gym on property is very nice with Life Fitness equipment and free weights. The hotel has an indoor pool. Refrigerators are available upon request. Cafe Pronto has a microwave that may be used by crew members and we hope to have the hotel put one in the concierge lounge for crew member use. The hotel offers six computers and one printer for guests use.

 

In FAY, the Holiday Inn Express is a fairly new property and offers complimentary breakfast. The fitness center is small with one bike, elliptical rider and treadmill but Snap Fitness is within walking distance and crew members can get a complimentary day pass. An outdoor pool is on site. Refrigerators and microwaves are in all rooms. The business center has two computers and two printers. Outside of the hotel to the left is a strip mall with a coffee shop that features live music, and 22 Clicks Bar and Grill featured on Bar Rescue.  Restaurants within a safe walking distance are Sammino's Italian, China Buffet, Hella's Restaurant and Sports Bar, and Zaxby's

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Hotel Committee Survey
By ARW Hotel Committee

The ARW Hotel Committee is conducting a crew hotel survey and would like your participation.  To take the survey, please click here.

 

The "ARW Hotel Committee Survey," will only take a couple of minutes to complete, does not require a login, and will provide valuable information that will guide the direction of the Hotel Committee when evaluating and selecting crew hotels.

 

Thank you for participating.

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

This article provides you with a bird’s eye view of our committees, building on the articles in the PDH, The Wiss-key, and THE X-RAY, as well as information on 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 is being done, it’s equally important for you to understand the role that each committee has in helping the MEC fulfill its mission. This is a summary of the work of your fellow line pilots who are ALPA volunteers; as the MEC Vice Chairman one of my responsibilities is to insure that the committees have the resources, guidance, and support necessary to support the Air Wisconsin pilot group and then report that work to the MEC and the pilot group. 

During the month of March, Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback and ASAP Chairman Dan Lehenbauer recorded committee updates for the pilot group. These and other outstanding podcasts are available at ipadio.com/channels/ARW_ALPA , and iPhone users can download the ipadio podcast app at itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8 and search for “Air Wisconsin Pilots.”

Since May 1, 2013, Air Wisconsin has outsourced the administration for family medical leave and other leaves of absence to CIGNA Leave Solutions. If you are going out on short-term disability, Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback asks that you contact him after your paperwork is fully and properly completed and submitted to CIGNA. He will  make sure that CIGNA and the Company expedite approval for short-term disability benefits and ensure that they are handled properly. In addition, if any pilot has problems with CIGNA, please e-mail Jack at Jack.Roback@alpa.org. Presently, we have 6 Pilots out on Short-Term Disability.

The semiannual FAA-industry meeting, Aviation Safety InfoShare, has become the primary means of disemminating information about Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS). InfoShare meetings are now regularly connected to ASIAS as a source of information and have become an opportunity for our Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) to engage with many ASIAS-member airlines and non-ASIAS members, and to share safety issues, concerns and experiences with the FAA, aircraft manufacturers, other airlines, and among themselves. Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Kristen Brown, ASAP Chairman Dan Lehenbauer, and Chief Accident Investigator and CASC Member John Jester attended Aviation Safety InfoShare in Seattle, WA March 4-6, wherethey spoke at length with FAA fatigue experts in an effort to address some of the problems we’ve been having with our Flight Management about interpretations. In March, Kristen also participated in a conference call with ALPA National about the FAR 117 interpretations that came out on March 20th, and the CASC is working on clarification explanations to be distributed to our pilots.

The CASC reported another deicing issue in DCA March 16 that was very similar to the issue in PHL.  It was ALPA's hope that our deicing vendor would have responded in the same/similar manner to this event as we had in PHL, with corrective actions put in place immediately; however this was not the case.  Although an Air Wisconsin representative did monitor, in person, the next weather event in DCA, no re-training was performed on the part of the deicing group.  On a systemic level, the CASC plans to readdress  DCA and PHL deicing with our management and our deicing operator this summer, before the next ramp up for winter weather.

FOQA Committee Chairman Ron Stocki reports that the vendor Air Wisconsin uses for FDR analysis (IATA) reported a possible hard landing that had occurred in February.  The involved aircraft was pulled off line and a hard landing inspection was conducted and Maintenance conducted an analysis of the FDR data, which determined it was not a hard landing by manufacturer standards; subsequently, the aircraft was returned to service. A FOQA Monitoring Team (FMT) meeting was held March 24th via teleconference and that included Gregg SyringFOQA Member Derek Hamill, and Chairman Stocki. During this call, the hard landing event was discussed as well as ways we can better align FOQA reports of hard landings with the parameters used by Maintenance.

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 filer of the issue form 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 transmitted five 117 extension issues to the company, and is actively collecting data on 117 extensions. 

Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Brendan Cantwell spent four days on Capitol Hill lobbying members of the House Appropriations Committee about funding for the Customs and Border Petrol (CBP) pre-clearance facilities in the Middle East.  It appears DHS/CBP is investigating building pre-clearance sites in Dubai and Doha and ALPA is hoping to restrict funding before the process can start.  ALPA is working together with A4A as well as all in-house lobbying departments of the major US airlines.  There is also a newly updated call to action on the ALPA website that deals with this new information regarding Dubai/Doha.  Please encourage all pilots to participate. Brenden also attended March’s Aero Club luncheon in DC with ALPA.  Guest speaker Frank LoBiondo, Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, stressed the importance of producing an FAA reauthorization bill this year and also expressed his desire to avoid the problems Congress had in the past with that bill.  He also spoke at length about the upcoming process of integrating UAVs into the National Airspace System, a process that ALPA will certainly keep a close eye on.

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 the 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.

ALL PILOTS - New ALPA website takeaction.alpa.org has been established – visit the website and sign the petition to support ALPA's effort to deny the Norwegian Air International Flag of Convenience Scheme.

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. The Membership Committee is pleased to welcome FO Matt Dugan as a volunteer.  Matt is already a ground instructor in ATW in addition to his line flying duties.  Matt will be instrumental to the Membership Committee in insuring that our New Hire Pilots will be met during their initial ground school in ATW.  During March, Matt visited with 2 new hire classes and added them to the ARW ALPA roster.  The Membership Committee and the MEC thank Matt for his willingness to take on this role and volunteer his time to the pilots of ARW. Lastly, Air Wisconsin class sizes have shrunk from 16 new hires to around 5-6; which is a potential indicator that there is a pay and benefits shortage in the regional sector.

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. The Scheduling Committee would like reserve pilots to email ARWScheduling@alpa.org when the Company extends their FDP via ACARS on the last leg or after their FDP has ended. In addition, pilots who have a 30 minute or less extension should also email the committee. Also, and more importantly, these same pilots should file ASAP reports so the FAA can see these practices.

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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ARW ‘Stache Contest Underway
By Ken Reinart, Communications Committee Chairman

 

http://www.geekfill.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/funny-types-of-mustaches.jpgThe editors of the Wiss-key are conducting a ’stache contest for all Air Wisconsin pilots. There will be prizes awarded for the best ’staches in a number of categories, and you have from now until May 31, 2014, to take your best before and after ’stache photo and send it in for judging by a secret and impartial panel.

 

Rules, judging details, award categories and contest tips are included on pages 48 and 49 in the Winter/Spring issue of the Wiss-key, which are attached to this PDH.

 

Winners will be announced, and all photos published in the next edition of the Wiss-key. ’STACHE IT UP!

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Air Wisconsin announced on April 9, 2014 that effective July 1, 2014, Company health, dental, vision and voluntary life coverage will be made available to all legally recognized married spouses of company employees who are eligible for these benefits. 

 

As early as 2001, ARW ALPA secured nondiscrimination language in our Collective Bargaining Agreement in Section 26 L, which states: “In accordance with the established policy of the Company and the Association and applicable law, there will be no discrimination under this Agreement because of race, sex, handicap, sexual preference, religion, age, veteran status, or national origin.” Furthermore, the ARW Retirement and Insurance Committee has been advocating for equal rights for all legally recognized married spouses during the past year. As recently as January 2014, Air Wisconsin rejected the arguments of our Grievance Committee, and was interpreting the laws that govern this issue differently than ALPA. We are delighted that Air Wisconsin has ultimately done the right thing (even if, as Churchill said, it was after they had tried everything else.)

 

As communicated by Air Wisconsin, the company will offer a special mid-year limited open enrollment period to allow employees with same sex spouses to enroll themselves, their same sex spouses and their dependents in these plans effective as of July 1, 2014, subject to the terms and conditions of these plans.

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Retirement and Insurance Update

By ARW Retirement and Insurance Committee

There has been one notable change to our 401(k) plan per T. Rowe Price:

 

José Costa Buck, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Latin America Fund (PRLAX), is leaving T. Rowe Price to pursue other opportunities, and effective March 26, 2014, is no longer be managing the fund.

Verena Wachnitz, a member of the Latin America Equity investment research team for more than 10 years, will succeed José, pending formal regulatory approval from the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority. We expect this approval by April 30, 2014, and until it is received, Gonzalo Pángaro will serve as interim co-portfolio manager with Verena. Gonzalo leads our Emerging Markets Equity team and is a former portfolio manager of the Latin America Fund.

Verena brings considerable local knowledge and background to this role, and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, German, and English. Throughout her tenure as an analyst covering the telecommunications, financials, materials, and real estate sectors, she has been an important contributor to the fund. As of February 28, 2014, she covered a wide range of companies, including nine securities that represented 30% of the Latin America Fund’s assets. Importantly, as Verena begins her new role, she will be supported by our dedicated Latin America Equity investment research team, which average over seven years of investment experience. Verena will also work closely with our Emerging Markets Equity team.

Before joining T. Rowe Price in 2003, Verena was an investment analyst with Centro de Estudios de Transporte e Infraestructura in Argentina. She earned a B.A. in economics and a master’s degree in finance from Universidad de San Andrés. Verena also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Our primary focus throughout this transition will be to provide the investment management excellence and service you have come to expect from T. Rowe Price, and are confident that the new team we have in place will be able to do so.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the T. Rowe Price Consultant Relations team at
DC_Consultant_Relations@troweprice.com.

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MEC officer elections will be held during the ARW regular MEC meeting in YUL May 27–29, 2014. Officers, including the chairman, vice chairman and secretary-treasurer, are elected to two-year terms. Our officers’ current terms are set to expire on Aug. 24. Officers who are elected at the MEC meeting will begin their terms on Aug. 25.

These elections are being held in accordance with the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws and ARW MEC Policy Manual. Under the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws, an MEC must hold an in-person meeting to elect its officers within a 90-day period prior to the end of the current officers’ terms. Additionally, the ARW MEC Policy Manual states that the term of office of all ARW MEC standing committees (all committee chairmen and members) shall be concurrent with the term of the MEC chairman.

There are two exceptions to this rule—the Negotiating and the Retirement and Insurance (R&I) committees. Negotiating Committee members are elected by the MEC and remain in their positions until and unless a member resigns from the committee or a majority of the MEC resolves to make a change to all or part of the committee. The R&I Committee chairman has a one-year term beginning July 29. Other members of this committee have a three-year term that begins July 29, with a different member up for election each year. At this MEC meeting, one R&I Committee position will be up for election, with a term ending July 28, 2017.

Each member of the MEC has the privilege of nominating one candidate for each MEC officer position to be filled. It is the responsibility of that member to ensure his nominee’s willingness to serve. Interested MEC officer candidates should contact their LEC representative or another member of the MEC (i.e., Matthew Chadwick, Ben Grant, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher), to secure a nomination and discuss the position.

Furthermore, after securing a nomination for a MEC officer position, candidates should continue to garner support from the other MEC members by contacting each member individually. ALPA flight pay loss will not be authorizes for this meeting, although hotel and expenses shall be authorized, as necessary, for such candidates. Candidates unable to attend the meeting will be given a reasonable opportunity to appear before the MEC via conference call prior to conducting the election.

The MEC appreciates and is indebted to the work, efforts, and accomplishments of all our volunteers. We also encourage all members in good standing to contact us if they are interested in applying for an officer or committee position. Please e-mail your preference and qualifications to ARWMEC@alpa.org. If you do not have a preference but are interested in volunteering, please let us know; there are a lot of volunteer opportunities within our union, and we will work to find a position that suits your interests.

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Training and Testing Update

By Robert Thomas, Training and Testing Chairman

On March 10th, the company made available the new version of the System Validation (SV) Test.  The new SV Test is required to be taken by all pilots attending CQ training in April and beyond.   Additionally, the Oral test experience, taken just prior to the LOE, will now encompass a much broader spectrum of Systems-related knowledge.  The goals and specific changes are listed below.

Goals

The goal of the upcoming changes to the SV Test and Oral Test is to achieve greater flexibility in the training footprint.  The upcoming changes are reactionary to data collected since the adoption of AQP at Air Wisconsin and will move the program in line with industry norms.  Instructors, while operating within the question guidelines provided by the Training Department, will have more flexibility to assess a pilot’s knowledge in relation to Aircraft Systems.  This flexibility provides the Training Department the ability to tailor the experience in a way that addresses current issues they feel may need additional emphasis or attention.

 

Systems Validation Test

·         The SV Test will be shortened to 50 questions.

·         Each pilot will have 60 minutes to complete the test.

·         No other changes apply to the testing experience or requirements to complete the Exam via IBT prior to attending CQ Ground School.

 

Oral Evaluation – Prior to LOE

·         The SV Test will NOT be used in place of the Systems Oral, as was understood in past practices.

·         Time allotted for an Oral Evaluation will be 1.5 hours, prior to the LOE.

·         The remaining 0.5 hours, prior to the LOE, will be used for paperwork, Weight & Balance calculations, and a short discussion of expectations in the simulator.

·         Simulator Instructors will be given access to the SV Test results of each pilot assigned to him or her.  However, the Systems-related questions asked by Instructors will not necessarily be determined by weaknesses found in the SV Test Results.

·         The company will provide each Instructor with an Aircraft Systems question bank to use as a guideline for their Systems questions.

·         Pilots should expect to discuss Aircraft Systems, Limitations, IAC, the Preflight Walk-Around, and policies or procedures necessary to understand for safe completion of the flight, specifically in relation to the LOE scenario.

 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to ARWTraining@alpa.org

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FAA Implemented Climb Via

By Robert Thomas, Training and Testing Chairman

Effective April 3, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ATC implemented “Climb Via” phraseology and procedures for departure operations consistent with existing FAA “Descend Via” phraseology and procedures. Both “Climb Via” and “Descend Via” were added to the Pilot/Controller Glossary (PCG). Additionally, speed phraseology associated with “Climb Via” and “Descend Via” will be included in the PCG. Other than implementing use of “Climb Via,” there is no change in altitude clearance procedures.

The FAA InFO and FAQs are attached to this PDH.

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Sign the Petition to Stop Norwegian Air International Scheme

By Brendan Cantwell, Legislative Affairs Committee

Recently, ALPA has been working hard to block Norwegian Air International’s request for a foreign air carrier permit which would allow it to compete against carriers in the US all the while bypassing the US-EU Open Skies Agreement.  NAI is a Norwegian owned company that has registered its Boeing 787s in Ireland in order to avoid Norway’s employment laws. NAI intends on hiring crews from Singapore and Thailand on a contract basis in order to save money and lower costs while operating flights from Europe to the United States.

Open Skies agreements were established to help expand opportunities for consumers and business while still upholding our high labor standards.  If NAI is allowed to proceed with its business plan, it will provide perhaps the most serious threat to the thousands of jobs in the US airline industry.  If this business model becomes the norm, US carriers will be unable to compete internationally which could eliminate thousands of airline jobs in the US and certainly threaten the feed that Air Wisconsin currently flies.  ALPA has worked together with the entire airline industry to try to have Norwegian Air’s application blocked.  Bi-Partisan letters from members of the House and Senate have been sent to the Secretary of Transportation, and now is the time for our government leaders to hear directly from the employees of the airline industry.

A petition has been set up to tell the President to Deny NAI! Please visit takeaction.alpa.org and join the over 25,000 people to sign the petition today and encourage family and friends to do the same!

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Resignations

Seifert, Otto                         3/01/2014

Simonsen, David                3/08/2014

Fisher, Shane                       3/11/2014

Gonzalez, Braulio               3/25/2014

Venable, Gregory              3/27/2014

Lapensky, Adam                 3/19/2014

O'Rilley, Jonathan              3/16/2014

Passafiume, Matthew     3/26/2014

Gray, Leon                            3/24/2014

Meier, Matthew                3/18/2014

Casimir, Charles                  3/24/2014

Howard, Robert                  3/15/2014

Rodriguez, Gabriel             3/18/2014

Kelly, Scott                            3/14/2014

Smith, Kenneth                  3/25/2014

Burnham, Trey                    3/13/2014

Shrestha, Krishna               3/06/2014

Anderson, Joel                    3/04/2014

Lazar, Ciprian                       3/07/2014

Gederon, Ronald               3/13/2014

Rojas, Alissa                         3/20/2014

Chen, Andre                        3/20/2014

Fedorchik III, Joseph        3/03/2014

 

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Upcoming Dates


2014 DATES

May 13-15

ALPA Executive Board Meeting in IAD

May 24-31

MEC Meeting in YUL

May 28-29

2014 ALPA Legislative Summit

Aug. 4-7

ALPA Air Safety Week in DCA

Oct. 11-17

MEC Meeting

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting

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