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Part 117 Extensions
Hotel Safety Alert
Flight Crew Discount with Aerocoast on Professional Flight Crew Gear
Committee Activity for December 2013
Training and Testing Update – A Year in Review
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January 17, 2014
Part 117 Extensions
By ARW MEC & ALPA Legal Department

The FAA was asked in a joint ALPA, A4A letter on Nov. 4, 2013 and again on Jan. 6, 2014 for guidance on PIC concurrence for extensions up to 30 minutes, and we are waiting on a response. Although it seems that an extension up to 30 minutes does not require PIC concurrence, the pilot can always assert that he or she is not fit for this extension and the carrier cannot then schedule for it. Regarding an up to 2-hour extension, this requires PIC concurrence prior to being scheduled for the extension and at the time the need arises for the Company, not scheduled in advance. Additionally, while the PIC may concur with or decline an extension, the other flight crewmembers must make their own independent fitness determination.


Declining an extension does not require a pilot to state he or she is “fatigued,” but rather assert that they are unfit for continued flight duty. Therefore, declining an extension is not a “fatigue call” and does not fall within the parameters of the Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP). Because operational issues have resulted in the pilot reaching his or her maximum flight duty period under Table B, this situation is no different than reaching your maximum duty day under pre-117 flight time limits and “timing out.” There should be no intimidation, loss of pay, or threat of discipline including an “unavailable” from the Company for asserting your fitness as a professional aviator to do your job safely.


Please contact your local rep, the Scheduling Committee, or Grievance Committee immediately should a concerning situation arise. We also request that you complete an ASAP in these instances.

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Hotel Safety Alert
By ARW MEC & ARW Hotel Committee

Recently, one of our flight crewmembers was assaulted on a CAE overnight away, but not far, from the hotel. The crewmember managed to escape the attack, but unfortunately suffered from some cuts, bruises and broken bones.


Although such an occurrence is thankfully rare for our crews, it highlights the need to remind everyone to be aware of your environment and the people around you at all times. It does not seem as though this crewmember was targeted for being a crewmember, and it is more likely a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was also in no way connected to the new Part 117 flight time and duty time rules.


Decompressing from the stresses of the work day, passengers, aircraft, and airport make getting out of a stuffy hotel a desirable and even therapeutic part of the job. Just be cognizant of your environment when you do.


Should you require transportation on an overnight, utilize hotel van service or a reputable and recommended taxi service. Go out in a group when possible and avoid secluded, locals-only style venues. Walk or jog in well-lit and appropriately designated areas. Report any suspicious activity to the hotel immediately, or dial 911 in the event of emergency.


If there is an incident involving a crewmember on the overnight, report it to a member of flight management and contact your local ALPA rep as time allows. If hotel conditions warrant, you may file a Hotel Complaint form through the link on the left-hand side tool bar of each PDH or at http://arwpilots.alpa.org/Default.aspx?tabid=6152.


We always think safety first in the aircraft - think safety first while at the hotel too.

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Flight Crew Discount with Aerocoast on Professional Flight Crew Gear

We were recently able to secure a 20% crew discount with Aerocoast, a manufacturer of professional flight and cabin crew bags and cases. This discount is available to all crewmembers—pilots and flight attendants.
 

Aerocoast currently offers flight cases, computer bags, cooler bags, and other accessories specifically designed for crewmember needs.

You can visit the website at www.Aerocoast.com or email sales@aerocoast.com with any questions.


For your 20% discount to be applied, please use discount code "wisskey1" at checkout.

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Committee Activity for December 2013
By Jeff Pruett, MEC Vice Chairman

This article provides you with a bird’s eye view of our committees, building on their 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.


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 then help oversee 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 email Jack at Jack.Roback@alpa.org. Presently, we have 10 pilots out on short-term disability.


In December, Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Kristen Brown attended a Safety Risk Management panel at the PHL tower to help assess risk for procedural changes for converging non-intersecting runway operations and participated as a flight operations subject matter expert. It was an informative meeting and allowed her the opportunity to make some good contacts in the PHL tower. Lastly, per the requirement in our Collective Bargaining Agreement, the union was notified of one special DFDR download for an ASAP event regarding a windshear warning.


The Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP) held a meeting on Dec. 19. FRMP Coordinator George Stuart and CASC Member Ralph Wainwright have been working on a policy manual for our ALPA volunteers and a standard list of interview questions to work from so that ALPA can ensure consistency within the program. As a reminder: Fatigue reports are MANDATORY per the FRMP and the FOM since this is an FAA-required program (unlike ASAP and FOQA, which are voluntary). The purpose of the FMRP is to evaluate fatigue reports and find the root cause of pilot fatigue. In addition, an ALPA-trained Fatigue Risk Management Team member will interview pilots via a phone call to further gather and filter information. Once the cause of the fatigue is found, recommendations are made with the goal of Air Wisconsin or the pilot making appropriate changes to mitigate future recurrence of the fatigue event in order to enhance safety. Of note, a pilot does not need to be fatigued to decline concurrence of a 30-minute or greater extension under the new FAR 117 rules and is therefore not required to participate in the FRMP.


The ARW ALPA FAR 117 Working Group consists of Scheduling Chairman Tybee Halter, Scheduling Vice Chairman Tyson Howard, Reserve Resource Coordinator Sean Yates, Grievance Chairman Maggie Eickhoff, Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood, Communications Chairman Ken Reinert, MEC Chairman Richard Swindell, MEC Vice Chairman Jeff Pruett, Senior Communications Specialist Lydia Jakub, and Senior Labor Relations Attorney Jody Bettenburg. Together, this group spent an enormous amount of time and effort to educate and prepare this pilot group for the new flight and duty limitations and rest requirements. To date, six educational and prolific Fastreads have been sent to our pilots: an overview of the rule and discussion on Dec. 2 of some of the concepts and definitions contained within; specific details and examples on Dec. 9 of Flight Duty Period (FDP) under the new rules; the Reserve Availability Period (RAP) on Dec. 20; negotiations and grievances on Dec. 23; cumulative limits and rest on Dec. 31; and the most frequently asked questions during the first week of implementation on Jan. 13. A new MEC webpage specifically for FAR 117 was also developed; this is an "open" page so pilots will not have to login to download all of the FAR 117 FastReads and other available resources. If you prefer hard copies, the group had Tables A & B and a list of contacts in case you have questions printed; these "business cards" are now available in the crew rooms, and copies of the ALPA FT/DT guide will be arriving there within the next few days. The working group also hosted four FAR 117 conference calls—two for all pilots and two that focused specifically on reserve issues. In addition, Tybee has been available during the month of January to answer pilot questions in real time. Tyson will be available in February. Lastly, ARW117Questions@alpa.org was established to answer pilot questions, comments, and concerns about the Part 117 rules.


Grievance 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 email from Graham or Ken regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling them back or responding to their email as quickly as possible. Issues are resolved through an organized and time-critical process in which the filer of the issue form needs to be engaged when requested. 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.


Legislative Affairs Chairman Brendan Cantwell reminds ALL PILOTS that there are four total Calls to Action links on the ALPA website, including grassroots movements on reinforced cockpit doors, FFDO program funding, the Safe Skies Act of 2013, and an undertaking to stop the creation of a new preclearance site in Abu Dhabi. Many of these issues will affect the future of your career and our industry—the time to act is now. ALPA National could not have made it any easier for you to voice your support for our profession. If you want to change the industry, secure your profession and have influence on changing the federal rules, regulations, and policies that affect you, then you need to help ALPA effect change by donating to the ALPA-PAC. Donate now to help secure your career and the airline piloting profession.


Membership Chairman Brian Gambino asks all pilots to check with their fellow pilots on whether they are receiving ALPA communications. If not, please have them contact the Membership Committee at ARWMembership@alpa.org so that we may remedy the situation immediately. On Dec. 3, Brian welcomed a new hire ground school class of 16 in ATW. In addition, Brian worked with ALPA National to determine why some pilots' dues were not being auto deducted from their paychecks after the completion of their probationary year. It was determined that an error within National's dues check-off system failed to activate the process for those pilots. This error is being corrected, and any back dues will be collected during the 2013 dues reconciliation process in the spring.


Scheduling Chairman Tybee Halter reminds 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 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 Dec. 19, Tybee, Tyson, Sean, and Maggie attended FAR Part 117 Training at ALPA National headquarters in Herndon, Va. Tybee also worked with the Company to assist in the FAR 117 transition and was at corporate headquarters in ATW Jan. 2-6. The Scheduling Committee would like reserve pilots to email ARWScheduling@alpa.org if the Company extends their FDP via ACARS on the last leg or after their FDP has ended. Pilots that have a 29-minute or less extension should email the committee. Also, and more importantly, these same pilots should file ASAP reports so the FAA can see these practices.


For 2013, ARW ALPA committee chairmen recorded podcasts to educate our pilots on the resources available to them, the particulars of each committee, and other relevant topics of interest. During the month of December, Membership Chairman Brian Gambino, former Training and Testing Chairman and current Negotiating Member Erik Johnson, and Veterans Affairs Chairman Dave Wilcox all recorded outstanding podcasts. To access these and other ARW ALPA podcasts, go to http://www.ipadio.com/channels/ARW_ALPA. iPhone users can download a podcast app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8. After the app is downloaded, search for “Air Wisconsin Pilots.”


On behalf of the MEC, I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication and efforts. Much of the progress, achievements, and goals that are realized by ARW ALPA are due to the continued efforts of your volunteers. Thank you.

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Training and Testing Update – A Year in Review
By Robert Thomas, Training and Testing Chairman

The Training & Testing Committee met with instructors and crewmembers last month to discuss training events over the past year. As we continue to meet with our pilots, we will focus our attention and resources on the most common compliments and complaints of 2013. We will also do everything we can to provide our pilots and our Training Department with any support necessary for emphasizing and building upon our strengths, focusing on weaknesses, and capitalizing on opportunities.


The Training & Testing Committee attended the annual AQP meeting on Dec. 17. The meeting was held for all parties via teleconference due to weather and travel disruptions. ALPA, the Company, and the FAA were all represented on this call. After a review of data, grading scales, and metrics of pilot and instructor performance, all parties were in agreement that our young program is largely successful and trending in a positive direction. Mike Melotte and Sandy Pierson worked closely with Paul Preidecker, and used feedback from check airmen, instructors, and pilots to develop a training plan that will equip each of us with effective tools and resources to do our jobs safely. The meeting gave each stakeholder an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and recommend changes. This was an important meeting for our program because it focused on training data collected from the first year of its existence. The data clearly identified the strengths and weaknesses of our training program and our pilots, and provided our Training Department with a clearer path moving forward. As we move into 2014, pilots and instructors will begin to see changes with the SV test and AQP orals as well as a renewed emphasis in the IBT on areas that showed opportunity for improvement.


Meeting dates are being coordinated to review, proofread, and edit the SV Question Bank. The meeting is tentatively set to occur during the first week of February. Early discussions have indicated an intention to move toward a more rounded oral to openly include general systems knowledge, moving away from the notion that pilots can only be asked systems questions that were answered incorrectly on the SV. The Company indicated that this change is based upon instructor feedback and a growing concern to prevent any decline in systems understanding, application, and correlation. As a result, the SV test and the bank will be much shorter. The weight placed on the SV by instructors may change as we move through this process. More specific details will be communicated as information becomes available.


The Training and Testing Committee is interested in hearing your comments, compliments, and complaints. Please contact any member of the Training and Testing Committee at ARWTraining@alpa.org.

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December 2013 Resignations
By Brian Gambino, Membership Chairman

 

ID #

 

Last Name

 

First Name

23798

Bowers

Shilo

14433

Creech

Luther

14357

Davies

Matthew

14371

Dodds

Nicholas

23828

Flores

Joshua

9778

Murray

James

25019

Myers

James

13818

Riedel

Carolyn

16867

Seator

Jason

25362

Smith

Wali

22505

Stefanelli

Dietrich

24621

Underwood

Joseph

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Upcoming Dates


2014 DATES
Jan. 21-22 ALPA Security Training Course in IAD
Jan. 21-23 ALPA Basic Safety School in IAD
Jan. 21-23 ALPA Airport Safety Liaison Training Course in IAD
Feb. 24-27 Leadership Training in IAD
March 11-13 Secretary/Treasurers’ Conference in IAD
May 13-15 ALPA Executive Board Meeting in IAD
May 24-31 MEC Meeting in YUL
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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