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Air Wisconsin Pilots Give Money to AWAC Owners

ARW Pilots Back the PAC

ALPA BOD Meeting – Submission of Agenda Items

ARW MEC Election Notice

Training and Testing Update

Sign the Petition

FAA to Implement Climb VIA April 3

Your Opinion Matters – FFDO Survey Open

LEC Meeting Notices

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March 28, 2014



As previously communicated to the pilot group, on a monthly basis our pilots leave thousands of dollars uncollected and on the table, essentially giving money to management and the owners of Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation. How does this happen?

·       By not contributing 9 percent to your 401(k), thereby not receiving the full and additional company match of 5 percent per our CBA.

·       By not submitting via T&E (Travel and Expense) for reimbursement for per diem for training events.

·       By not submitting via T&E for uniform, headset, moving expenses, parking, and other collectively bargained–for benefits.


If you’re not doing one or more of these, please review the contract, contact any member of the MEC to help you navigate the Air Wisconsin T&E system, or log on to troweprice.com to change your 401(k) contribution.

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ARW Pilots Back the PAC

One of the most effective ways ALPA pilots garner influence with the nation’s political community is through our Political Action Committee: ALPA-PAC. By pooling donations from ALPA members, ALPA is able to help elect pro-pilot members of Congress who support the union’s legislative agenda—regardless of political affiliation. ALPA’s goal is to ensure a pro-pilot majority in the House and the Senate. ALPA-PAC also helps educate members of Congress about who we are, what issues are important to us, and how Congress’s decisions affect our lives.

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 make annual donations by personal check or credit card.

The following ARW pilots “Backed the PAC” in January and February of 2014—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.


David Anderson

Jared Armstrong

Laura Assia

Kristen Brown

Brendan Cantwell

Matthew Chadwick

Richard Clarke

Reed Donoghue

Margaret Eickhoff

Kenneth Honneffer

Daniela Hurley

Erik Johnson

Benjamin Keider

Jeremy Krieger

Mason Lacoste

Mark Lockwood

Jeffrey Pruett

Andrew Rabe

Kenneth Reinert

Christopher Suhs

Richard Swindell

Jeffrey Wirth

Jeffrey Woodham

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“We are ALPA” is not just a saying; rather, it is a fundamental truth of the structure of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l—an idea can come from any ALPA member via a resolution passed at a local council meeting. If others agree, this idea can move through our structure to reach the Board of Directors to become ALPA policy, a goal of our strategic plan, a change to the Constitution and By-Laws, or a change in the way our union does business.

This October, the ARW MEC, along with the MECs of all other ALPA carriers, will meet at the biennial ALPA board of directors (BOD) meeting to establish the framework of ALPA policies for the next several years. The framework will be developed at the BOD by the Air Wisconsin pilots through their MEC, who will discuss the issues and resolutions in eight Delegate Committees.


This BOD meeting will provide both a challenge and an opportunity to find workable solution to our mutual problems and to develop sound policy and direction to guide the membership and the national officers. 


The agenda process for the BOD meeting emphasizes that the membership, through their input at Local Council meetings, establish ALPA policies and objectives. Please contact your LEC representatives for upcoming meeting dates and guidelines to submit a resolution. The following are the BOD agenda submission procedures from Article VII, Section 4 of the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws.




A.    At all Regular meetings of the Board of Directors, the following procedure shall apply with respect to submission of Agenda Items:


1)    All Agenda Items must be in writing.


2)    Agenda Items may be submitted by a Local Council, a Master Executive Council, the Executive Board, the Executive Council, or the President of the Association.


3)    All Agenda Items submitted by a Local Council or a Master Executive Council shall be submitted to the Vice President-Administration/Secretary and be received by or bear a postmark date not later than fifty (50) days prior to the first day of the Board of Directors meeting.


4)    Not later than thirty (30) days prior to the Board of Directors meeting, the Vice President-Administration/Secretary shall transmit to the members of the Board of Directors the items which have been placed on the agenda, and shall furnish members of the Board of Directors their individual Committee assignments, and each Committee's known Agenda Items.


5)    Agenda Items shall be published as submitted. No additions, deletions or editing may be made without the permission of the sponsor.


6)    Late Agenda Items may be submitted by a delegate prior to the close of business on the first day of the Board of Directors meeting with approval of his Master Executive Council. Late Agenda Items may also be submitted by a Master Executive Council. Acceptance of late Agenda Items shall be approved by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors.


7)    The Executive Board or the Executive Council may submit an Agenda Item at any time up until the commencement of the meeting of the Board of Directors. Submissions by the Executive Council or the Executive Board thereafter shall be treated as a late Agenda Item and require approval of a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors.


8)    The President may submit an Agenda Item at any time.


B.    Any properly submitted Agenda Item may be cosponsored by any Master Executive Council. Such endorsement shall be prior to the end of the second day of the meeting and shall be in writing.

C.    An Agenda Item may be withdrawn from the agenda if all sponsors concur.

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ARW MEC Election Notice

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 will make 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.


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



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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FAA to Implement Climb Via April 3
By Robert Thomas, Training and Testing Chairman

Effective April 3, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ATC will implement “Climb Via” phraseology and procedures for departure operations consistent with existing FAA “Descend Via” phraseology and procedures. Both “Climb Via” and “Descend Via” will be 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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Your Opinion Matters – FFDC Survey Open Through Monday, March 31



In order to better understand the issues that are most important to you, ALPA needs to hear directly from you. Therefore, ALPA’s national Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) is conducting a survey of all ALPA pilots at fee-for-departure (FFD) carriers. The purpose of this survey is to identify and prioritize the issues that are most important to FFD pilots. Once the CBC has a better understanding of what those priorities are, it can work with the FFD committee, composed of the MEC chairman from each FFD carrier, to establish clearly defined goals that will lead to improvements in pay, benefits, job security, and career progression. Together we can develop plans to achieve those goals.

The survey includes 35 questions plus an opportunity to provide comments and is open now through Monday

You can take the survey online by clicking: http://www.surveysoftware.net/hostal/FFD_Survey.htm

Please login with your ALPA number (including any leading zeroes)

·      If you have trouble accessing the survey or have questions regarding the login process, please email efasurveys@alpa.org.

·      You may only take the survey once.  If you need to save your work, please click the “Save” button.  When you resume it will pick up where you left off.

·      ALPA will receive a summary of how many people have taken the poll, as well as a summary of their collective answers. We will not know your individual responses.

It is vitally important that each pilot participate in this process. Only through broad-based participation can ALPA develop goals and objectives that reflect your collective interests. Individual survey responses are completely confidential, and the compiled results will only be utilized by the CBC, FFD Task Force, and ALPA staff.

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LEC Meetings

By LEC 49/50


LEC 49:  We will be holding our next Local Council Meeting at 4:30 pm April 10th at the Cosi restaurant in the Main Concourse of DCA.  Agenda will include a Negotiations Update and special guest speaker MEC Chairman Richard Swindell.  At the conclusion of the meeting -- for all pilots who can accept a 30 minute to 2 hour extension -- there will be light snacks and refreshments at Buffalo Wild Wings in Crystal City, VA.


LEC 50: We will be holding our next Local Council Meeting at noon, Thursday April 10th at Roast Riders, 1554 Laskin Road, Unit 116, Virginia Beach VA.  Agenda will include a Negotiations Update and an MEC Update by our special guest MEC Chairman Richard Swindell. Coffee/tea will be provided.

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2014 DATES

May 13-15

ALPA Executive Board Meeting in IAD

May 26-29

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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