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Education Opportunities

We all know that knowledge is power, and advanced education is a key aspect to career advancement. We are pleased to announce that ALPA and the ARW MEC are partnering with Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey to provide each of our pilots a timely and cost-effective way to complete your bachelor’s degree. Under this opportunity, TESU will evaluate your past college credits, along with your life experience and aviation training, and use this information to custom-design a meaningful and manageable degree completion program for you. And here’s the best news: since we all already hold ATPs as professional airline pilots, your aviation flight area of study is almost complete, except for some aviation electives which can be completed by other ratings (CFI, CFII, and/or being a Part 121 Captain) or through a few aviation management courses.

Although the MEC is planning to incorporate TESU education counseling services as a part of our job interview prep series set to resume this summer, we wanted to provide you with the information for this opportunity now so you can get started on a path to make yourself the most qualified applicant possible.

Please visit the dedicated landings page for more information:

www.tesu.edu/ALPA

(NOTE: as this is still a very new program, TESU is finalizing this page so you may get a “not found” error – if so, try it again a bit later.)

Also check out these helpful links on the TESU website:

http://www.tesu.edu/about/mission.cfm

http://www.tesu.edu/academics/cal/apr.cfm#Aviation

http://www.tesu.edu/degree-completion/Testing.cfm

Look for additional information as we solidify our relationship with TESU – but do not delay getting yourself ready for the next step of your career.  Although holding a college degree is not a hard and fast requirement at many large jet carriers, being a college graduate does set a pilot a part from an applicant who only possesses an Associate’s degree or a high school diploma.

You can download a flyer on TSEU aviation programs; for questions regarding applying and enrollment contact Kelli Parlante-Givas at 609-984-7188 x 2127 or kparlante@tesu.edu.

For questions regarding academics and degree programs, contact Donald Cucuzzella via http://www.tesu.edu/ast/ast-aviation-form.cfm.

We know many of you are extremely interested in knowing more about United’s Career Progression Program and how the CPP will function at ARW. Unfortunately, we were hoping to have discussed CPP topics with the company, but we have yet to enter into a dialogue with them on how the program will be structured for the ARW pilots.

Based on how the CPP is being applied at the other participating FFD carriers, United’s basic qualification standards will still apply to everyone seeking an interview. For pilots who lack a four-year college degree and are not already pursuing getting one, we highly recommend taking a look at the TESU opportunities in order to be competitive during the UAL CPP.

Once the MEC has information on the Air Wisconsin specifics of the CPP, we will pass them on to you.

Ken Reinert, April 22, 2017


Pilot Unity Building Events this week in CAE

If you live around or are going to be overnighting in Columbia (CAE) Monday through Wednesday evenings this week, SPSP Chairman Ken Nesbitt and P2P/Grievance Chairman Dave Anderson will be present at the hotel restaurant lounge to answer any questions you may have. Due to continued staffing challenges, Negotiating Chairman Bob Burgess will not be able to attend the events Monday nor Tuesday.  Appetizers will be provided throughout the evening. The following topics are probably going to be the most prevalent but, of course, we will address any issues that may be on your mind.  Keep in mind there are few details about the UAL flying and CPP that we have to offer at this time, but it will be a great opportunity for us to listen to your questions.

  • United flying
  • CPP Program
  • Recruitment and Retention LOA
  • Contract bargaining status

We look forward to seeing you in Columbia this week.  Look for us in the lounge area of the crew hotel restaurant.

Ken Reinert, April 17, 2017


Gathering Your Information

With Air Wisconsin transitioning to a United Express carrier, and our opportunity to participate in UAL’s Career Progression Program, the ARW MEC is introducing a new series of messages that will focus on career advancement.  Although some of the information will be specific to the CPP, much of it applies to any ARW pilot who desires to move up to a large jet carrier.  These messages will be presented under the “Career Progression Update” banner as seen above.  The banner is similar to our previous FastRead and Pay Day Hotline banners; all of the banners now carry an accent line in “retro” Air Wisconsin orange and green to reflect the company’s – and the ARW MEC’s – history and heritage.

As we move closer to the day we start flying as a United Express carrier – and we are offered the opportunity to opt into United’s Career Progression Program – we want everyone who wishes to use this opportunity to be prepared for the day when the CPP process will start.  With the company’s announcement yesterday stating that we can start flying in the United system as early as this September, the opportunity to opt into the CPP could become available just a few months from now.

Indeed, the following advice applies to anyone who is planning on moving to a large jet carrier. The difference between pursuing an interview as an “off the street” applicant vs. through the CPP is really WHO dictates when the pilot selection process will begin. You are in complete control of when this happens by deciding when to submit your application to the airline of your choice. If you are expecting a new child, or have big vacation plans, or you feel you don’t quite have the requisite, oh-so-coveted turbine PIC time, you can hold off on clicking that “submit” button until you are ready for things to happen. Your hope is that once you press that button, things will happen quickly and you will move from applicant to interviewee to the new guy in very short order.

Participating in the CPP will most likely alter the timetable: once the program starts, there will be a defined window for you to opt in. If the process works similarly to how the CPP is structured at CommutAir and ExpressJet, United will take a snapshot of everyone’s applications, possibly at the close of the opt-in window, and those who meet United’s hiring minima will be invited to take the Hogan Personality Inventory test. How soon after that will you interview? Assuming that selection is based on AW seniority, it may be several months – or more – before you make the trip to DENTK.

What does this mean, you may wonder – especially if you believe you will be somewhere other than near the top of the list? Remember what we said above about applying off the street: you initiate the process with your carrier of interest when you submit the application because you decided you are ready. With the CPP, you might do some mental math and believe it may take, let’s say, 18 months for your number to come up to advance to United. Regardless, your application needs to be complete and accurate today, not a year from now! There’s that snapshot of the application that United is going to have on file that we need to talk about.

The current programs in practice early on experienced an acceptance rate in the hiring process that was lower than desired. We also know that, by virtue of being selected, every one of these applicants have met United’s basic minimum requirements. Why, then, are they not successful in getting the job offer from United? Some don’t make it past the Hogan test; others don’t perform well during the interview – we will address these topics at a later time. There are even a number of applicants who fail to obtain the job offer because of their application. To be specific, the information on their application that was updated the evening they got the invite to go to Denver was vastly different from what was in that snapshot taken during the CPP opt-in window. As Homer Simpson would say, “D’oh!”

You may be thinking, yes, it’s going to be different. You will have more flight time now than when the snapshot was taken. You may have been selected to be a Line Check Airman… or decided to step up and be an ALPA volunteer… which is all well and good. Those will not be red flags when your application is being reviewed during your panel interview. But what about those two speeding tickets – from six years ago – that you have listed, that are not on the snapshot? Or, there’s that six-month gig where you were a freight dog for a Part 135 operator that you added once you had time to fill in the blanks. Imagine your embarrassment when you are asked about the checkride bust in your FAA airman’s file – the one that really belongs to someone else you share names with that was incorrectly filed!

Your application needs to be complete and accurate by the day the opportunity to opt into the CPP arrives. We cannot stress this enough – we apologize if we sound like a broken record*; but that’s how importantly we feel this needs to be said.

There is a considerable amount of work that needs to be done in order for you to fill out the application so it is (here it comes again) complete and accurate. Feedback from pilots and hiring professionals indicates that some applicants wait too long to begin compiling the information necessary to complete their application properly.

Here is a short list of records you should begin requesting and organizing NOW that will help you in completing your application:

  • All college and high school transcripts
  • All flight training records
  • Driving records from any state you have held a license in or received a violation from
  • FAA airman’s file
  • Complete employment history with dates, addresses, and contacts (Complete means just that, back to your first job out of high school. Don’t fall into the “past 10 year” trap that so many do!)
  • Complete residence history
  • Complete educational history, including flight training
  • PRIA records from all applicable employers
  • Criminal records check
  • Letters of recommendation

To help you with this task, a resource called “Progression Preflight” is available on the ALPA Fee-for-Departure Committee webpage.

In upcoming issues of the Career Progression Update, we will discuss how to best use this information that you are now gathering, along with some other pointers on how to optimize your application. We will also offer additional information and resources that will aid you in being successful in your pursuit of a job with a large jet carrier, regardless of which pathway you take. And of course, we will pass on any additional news on details of the CPP for the ARW pilots as they become available.

*record: an ancient method of audio recording, commonly called “vinyl.”  It predates the eight-track tape**, cassette tape, compact disc and MP3 download.  If not stored properly, they could be scratched, which could cause them to skip or repeat.  Vinyl is supposedly now retro… but how many people are carrying around portable record players?

**eight-track tape: aviation trivia… Bill Lear invented the format, originally called the “Lear Jet Stereo 8.”  Yes, THAT Bill Lear.

Ken Reinert, April 11, 2017


SOS Update for November 4, 2016

Earlier this month, three unions representing organized labor at Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. sent an urgent letter to our CEO, Ms. Christine Deister. You can read the full text of the letter here, but to summarize, ALPA, the Association of Flight Attendants, and the Transport Workers Union (which represents our dispatchers) reiterated in writing the questions we have been asking management in person since we began our 2018: Sunrise or Sunset? Campaign last April: what is your plan to save the airline, and if there is a plan, how can we help? Unfortunately, CEO Deister has not acknowledged or responded to the joint labor letter.

At the time the joint labor letter was sent, we were unclear what Envoy Air’s plans to establish a pilot base at LGA meant for us long term, and unaware our own management’s plans to abandon LGA as a domicile. This new information makes our reasonable request that management share its intentions with its own employees even more urgent.

We want to make it very clear that the unions on this property are unified in our goal of representing our members’ interests in understanding the future of our airline. We stand ready to engage management in a meaningful conversation about our future and our livelihoods.  ALPA President Canoll urged CEO Deister to utilize the Association’s resources and volunteers during these tough times, but sadly more than two weeks have passed since the letter was sent and there is no indication of such engagement. Until we hear from AWAC’s leadership, we will continue to make decisions based of the information of today and we urge you to do the same.

We are heartened by the strong support our MEC received from our fellow pilot leaders at the recent ALPA Board of Directors meeting. We were able to make a brief presentation on our SOS campaign to the more than 190 representatives from 31 ALPA airlines in the US and Canada who had attended the BOD. That encouragement, combined with the support we have already received and continue to receive from Captain Canoll and ALPA national, makes it clear that our union has the backs of the Air Wisconsin pilots.

Until next time, Fly Safe and Fly the Contract!

ARW MEC

Ken Reinert, November 5, 2016


URGENT: Navtech Application Update

Be aware that the company, in the process of testing the new version of the Navtech application, has found an error in the current version of the app that will cause the application to cease operating correctly at approximately 1430 ET tomorrow, October 29.

The company has issued an email with instructions on how to update your iPad (company-supplied or BYOD) to version 16.1.67 of the application.  (These instructions are available here). Additionally, the company has provided temporary wifi access in the crew rooms for pilots to use in installing this update. If you are unable to perform this update, there are instructions in the attachment which will give you a workaround until you can update your device.

Please note that although 16.1.67 is iOS 10 compatible, the company is still testing it for full compatibility, and we are not yet authorized to upgrade to iOS 10.

Ken Reinert, October 28, 2016


LGA base closure

Earlier this evening Air Wisconsin announced that it will be closing our base at LGA in January, 2017. The Company has committed that it will be following our contract regarding displacements. As the Company provides more details we will follow up regarding the pilot impacts.

This news from the company is unfortunate but not completely unexpected. Even more unfortunate is the fact that we do not know at this time whether American intends to keep AWAC flying the same block hours, or reduce our flying. The mainline’s actions in the weeks and months to come may provide clues as to their future plans for our airline. Your MEC intends to continue engaging Air Wisconsin’s senior management as to the plan to secure flying for the future.

In the meantime, we continue to urge all pilots to keep an eye on their own futures: Visit ALPA’s Fee for Departure Committee webpage, review the material there, and fill out a Career Progression Form. Keep your resume, logbooks and other records up to date, and take advantage of ALPA’s interview preparation workshops and other career programs.  Using these best practices to secure your future makes sense at any time, but these efforts will be especially important now for pilots during these times of great change in our industry.

Ken Reinert, October 26, 2016


2018:SOS Update for October 10, 2016

Last week Negotiating Chairman Bob Burgess and SPSC Chairman Ken Nesbitt sponsored Coffee and Conversation events in PHL and DCA where they spoke with a large number of the Air Wisconsin pilots about contract negotiations, the latest industrial news, and the future of Air Wisconsin Airlines. The MEC would like to thank each and every one of you that were able to stop by and speak with Bob and Ken. The turnout was really impressive over the course of the three-day event, with well over 50 pilots stopping by each day for a chat and a cup of Joe.

Those pilots included a nice mix of Captains, First Officers, Line Check Airman, and Simulator Instructors.  While many topics were covered, and numerous questions were answered, the most important question for the pilots of Air Wisconsin remains unanswered: what does the future hold for our airline?  To date, senior management has not recognized the pilot-driven campaign in which the title asks the very question: 2018 Sunrise or Sunset? We continue to hear the hollow platitudes that to our knowledge have not produced any results with AAG or any other airline partner. In addition, middle managers yet again are talking about some “big” announcement.  As you may recall, the CEO this summer was unaware why the middle managers were peddling the narrative of a big announcement in the third quarter.

Perhaps the “big announcement” was their way of foreshadowing the most recent contract improvements debuted by AAG’s wholly owned airlines. Envoy, PSA and Piedmont have all received substantial compensation packages and recently Envoy announced that it will be opening a new LGA domicile.

We have asked management about the long-term and short-term implications of Envoy’s New York news, both for our LGA domicile and the entire airline. They have indicated that at this point they are unable to answer that question but have committed to communicating directly with the MEC as soon as information is available. Until that takes place, we are all left attempting to piece together what all these recent developments mean for Air Wisconsin. As we overwhelmingly heard from the pilots this week, the pilot assessment is that this does not bode well for our company.

Due to the inability and inaction of Air Wisconsin, the MEC and the pilot group is forced to make decisions based off the puzzle pieces that we’ve gathered over the last 12 months. Those same puzzle pieces underlie the opinions you shared with us this last week and have moved our campaign into the SOS phase.

In addition, all of you feel like it is time to get a fair contract NOW.  Know this: we hear you. The MEC is committed to fighting for all of you, and we are working to meet these legitimate pilot concerns as quickly as possible.

It should be noted that the turnout for both the phone polling and the emailed survey have been nothing short of impressive. Most of you who stopped by last week had been randomly selected to participate in the phone polling, many of you had already completed the online survey, and in some cases, had done both. We cannot thank you enough for your involvement. The data we get from these are extremely valuable to us.

If you have not taken our emailed survey, please take a few moments to do so.  You do not need your ALPA number to take it, and there is a handy mobile version for those of you with smart phones. The survey takes under five minutes and consists of less than 10 questions. The phone polling has been completed and we expect to receive the results soon. Again, thank you to everyone who participated in this poll.

Also, during last week’s discussion it became very apparent that the morale of the pilot group is quite low. Whether it is the constant re-routes and junior mans, the fact that your colleagues and friends are leaving the airline, or the stress related to not knowing if you will be able to provide for your family soon – all of those factors contribute to the understandably low morale. We again remind you of your obligations: as a member of the Air Line Pilots Association, a professional airline pilot, an employee of Air Wisconsin, and a team member of the American Eagle brand, please do your best to deliver the safest and the best service every day on each and every flight assignment.

For those of you who were unable to attend our Coffee and Conversation this past week, don’t worry, we are scheduling more dates in the near future. The next date is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th in DCA at the Starbucks outside of Gate 35, and additional dates and locations will be communicated with you as soon as arrangements have been made. One good way to keep track of upcoming ARW events is by signing up for our MEC text service, TextCaster. You can sign up here and the process is quick, painless, and free.

Until next time, Fly Safe and Fly the Contract!

ARW MEC

Ken Reinert, October 10, 2016


2018:SOS update for September 29, 2016

Air Wisconsin Pilots:

Last week we announced that due to recent events at American Airlines’ wholly-owned regional subsidiaries and no clear indication of our futures beyond 2018, the ARW MEC was transitioning our 2018: Sunrise or Sunset campaign to 2018: SOS. It’s clear to us that events in the fee-for-departure industry, especially among the AAG subsidiaries, are moving much faster than anyone had previously anticipated.

To recap those recent events, both PSA and Envoy Air have ratified letters of agreement with dramatic pay increases and retention bonuses for their pilots, including new-hire pay rates of $38 or more. AAG’s third wholly-owned regional, Piedmont, is moving forward with similar plans.

In this message we would like to contrast that positive movement at PSA, ENV and PDT with the challenges we continue to face at ARW, looking at the facts that lay before us which may cue us in on what exactly is happening up in ATW and better allow us to make an educated decision about career expectations at ARW. We all need to take a clear-eyed view of our situation, come to our own conclusions about the outlook, and make measured decisions about our future(s). Here are a few facts that show why we are sending out an SOS.

The Declining Quality of Hotels.

There is nothing to be said here that isn’t already a painful truth for all of us, but let’s delve into some other facts concerning our hotel issues that are lesser known. We have a clear, defined contractual path for hotel approval. For as long as we have had a union contract, hotel selection requires both the Association and ARW representatives to agree on what properties are acceptable. Unfortunately, the company has recently placed us into a hotel that was not approved by either AFA or the Association — the Comfort Inn in BDL — and we had to file a grievance that remains unresolved.

In another case, we have been working to get crews moved out of the Holiday Inn GSP, where the nature of construction appears to have been downplayed or obfuscated during the hotel selection process. Upholding our hotel standards for safety, security, cleanliness and needed amenities has been an uphill battle and we urge everyone to stay active with hotel complaints so we can build a case for change(s) and potential grievances.

Air Wisconsin’s Recent Push to Hire “Instructor Management Pilots.”

A brochure at the AWAC OBAP conference booth indicates that the company is seeking to hire instructor management pilots. The MEC finds this alarming, since it appears to be a measure to attract pilots outside the boundaries of our contract and provide them with a path to build time (in some cases PIC time) in a salaried position. The starting salary offered is $45,000 per year, which is significantly higher than a new hire First Officer under our current CBA. Besides appearing to be a way around the contractual first-year pay rate, the company seems to think that they can allow these pilots to fly as Captains when their seniority wouldn’t otherwise allow such an upgrade. This is very disturbing indeed, especially those who are looking to progress their careers as a Captain (which is nearly everyone) or who are striving to become part of the Training Department.

Negotiations.

As we approach our seventh (!) year of contract negotiations, ask yourself if that lengthy delay indicates that we work for a company motivated to recognize the pilot group and invest in employees and the future of the airline.  While we have made progress in reaching agreements on many of the non-economic items of the contract, much of it is due to the fact that your negotiators have often been able to build upon the previous TA language and not start over again from scratch. It remains to be seen whether the company is really interested in a deal, or if they are going through the motions to give the perception that things are getting done. Ultimately, your leadership urges everyone not to take the passing of TAs in rapid succession as evidence that a full TA is certain to be around the corner. At the end of the day, we may get there and we may not.

So, while other carriers are making great leaps forward, AWAC appears to be standing still, with less than 18 months to go before our airline’s only contract with a mainline carrier expires.

In this climate of uncertainty, it would be very understandable for anyone to become discouraged and possibly complacent about their jobs. The fact of the matter, however, is that the one thing we all can control is the quality of our own work. No matter what transpires here at AWAC, we bear the responsibility of providing reliable and most importantly, safe service to Air Wisconsin and uphold the American Eagle image. That’s what professionalism is all about.

Fly safe and fly the contract.

In Unity,

ARW MEC

Ken Reinert, September 30, 2016




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Education Opportunities

We all know that knowledge is power, and advanced education is a key aspect to career advancement. We are pleased to announce that ALPA and the ARW MEC are partnering with Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey to provide each of our pilots a timely and cost-effective way to complete your bachelor’s degree. Under this opportunity, TESU will evaluate your past college credits, along with your life experience and aviation training, and use this information to custom-design a meaningful and manageable degree completion program for you. And here’s the best news: since we all already hold ATPs as professional airline pilots, your aviation flight area of study is almost complete, except for some aviation electives which can be completed by other ratings (CFI, CFII, and/or being a Part 121 Captain) or through a few aviation management courses.

Although the MEC is planning to incorporate TESU education counseling services as a part of our job interview prep series set to resume this summer, we wanted to provide you with the information for this opportunity now so you can get started on a path to make yourself the most qualified applicant possible.

Please visit the dedicated landings page for more information:

www.tesu.edu/ALPA

(NOTE: as this is still a very new program, TESU is finalizing this page so you may get a “not found” error – if so, try it again a bit later.)

Also check out these helpful links on the TESU website:

http://www.tesu.edu/about/mission.cfm

http://www.tesu.edu/academics/cal/apr.cfm#Aviation

http://www.tesu.edu/degree-completion/Testing.cfm

Look for additional information as we solidify our relationship with TESU – but do not delay getting yourself ready for the next step of your career.  Although holding a college degree is not a hard and fast requirement at many large jet carriers, being a college graduate does set a pilot a part from an applicant who only possesses an Associate’s degree or a high school diploma.

You can download a flyer on TSEU aviation programs; for questions regarding applying and enrollment contact Kelli Parlante-Givas at 609-984-7188 x 2127 or kparlante@tesu.edu.

For questions regarding academics and degree programs, contact Donald Cucuzzella via http://www.tesu.edu/ast/ast-aviation-form.cfm.

We know many of you are extremely interested in knowing more about United’s Career Progression Program and how the CPP will function at ARW. Unfortunately, we were hoping to have discussed CPP topics with the company, but we have yet to enter into a dialogue with them on how the program will be structured for the ARW pilots.

Based on how the CPP is being applied at the other participating FFD carriers, United’s basic qualification standards will still apply to everyone seeking an interview. For pilots who lack a four-year college degree and are not already pursuing getting one, we highly recommend taking a look at the TESU opportunities in order to be competitive during the UAL CPP.

Once the MEC has information on the Air Wisconsin specifics of the CPP, we will pass them on to you.

Ken Reinert, April 22, 2017



Pilot Unity Building Events this week in CAE

If you live around or are going to be overnighting in Columbia (CAE) Monday through Wednesday evenings this week, SPSP Chairman Ken Nesbitt and P2P/Grievance Chairman Dave Anderson will be present at the hotel restaurant lounge to answer any questions you may have. Due to continued staffing challenges, Negotiating Chairman Bob Burgess will not be able to attend the events Monday nor Tuesday.  Appetizers will be provided throughout the evening. The following topics are probably going to be the most prevalent but, of course, we will address any issues that may be on your mind.  Keep in mind there are few details about the UAL flying and CPP that we have to offer at this time, but it will be a great opportunity for us to listen to your questions.

We look forward to seeing you in Columbia this week.  Look for us in the lounge area of the crew hotel restaurant.

Ken Reinert, April 17, 2017



Gathering Your Information

With Air Wisconsin transitioning to a United Express carrier, and our opportunity to participate in UAL’s Career Progression Program, the ARW MEC is introducing a new series of messages that will focus on career advancement.  Although some of the information will be specific to the CPP, much of it applies to any ARW pilot who desires to move up to a large jet carrier.  These messages will be presented under the “Career Progression Update” banner as seen above.  The banner is similar to our previous FastRead and Pay Day Hotline banners; all of the banners now carry an accent line in “retro” Air Wisconsin orange and green to reflect the company’s – and the ARW MEC’s – history and heritage.

As we move closer to the day we start flying as a United Express carrier – and we are offered the opportunity to opt into United’s Career Progression Program – we want everyone who wishes to use this opportunity to be prepared for the day when the CPP process will start.  With the company’s announcement yesterday stating that we can start flying in the United system as early as this September, the opportunity to opt into the CPP could become available just a few months from now.

Indeed, the following advice applies to anyone who is planning on moving to a large jet carrier. The difference between pursuing an interview as an “off the street” applicant vs. through the CPP is really WHO dictates when the pilot selection process will begin. You are in complete control of when this happens by deciding when to submit your application to the airline of your choice. If you are expecting a new child, or have big vacation plans, or you feel you don’t quite have the requisite, oh-so-coveted turbine PIC time, you can hold off on clicking that “submit” button until you are ready for things to happen. Your hope is that once you press that button, things will happen quickly and you will move from applicant to interviewee to the new guy in very short order.

Participating in the CPP will most likely alter the timetable: once the program starts, there will be a defined window for you to opt in. If the process works similarly to how the CPP is structured at CommutAir and ExpressJet, United will take a snapshot of everyone’s applications, possibly at the close of the opt-in window, and those who meet United’s hiring minima will be invited to take the Hogan Personality Inventory test. How soon after that will you interview? Assuming that selection is based on AW seniority, it may be several months – or more – before you make the trip to DENTK.

What does this mean, you may wonder – especially if you believe you will be somewhere other than near the top of the list? Remember what we said above about applying off the street: you initiate the process with your carrier of interest when you submit the application because you decided you are ready. With the CPP, you might do some mental math and believe it may take, let’s say, 18 months for your number to come up to advance to United. Regardless, your application needs to be complete and accurate today, not a year from now! There’s that snapshot of the application that United is going to have on file that we need to talk about.

The current programs in practice early on experienced an acceptance rate in the hiring process that was lower than desired. We also know that, by virtue of being selected, every one of these applicants have met United’s basic minimum requirements. Why, then, are they not successful in getting the job offer from United? Some don’t make it past the Hogan test; others don’t perform well during the interview – we will address these topics at a later time. There are even a number of applicants who fail to obtain the job offer because of their application. To be specific, the information on their application that was updated the evening they got the invite to go to Denver was vastly different from what was in that snapshot taken during the CPP opt-in window. As Homer Simpson would say, “D’oh!”

You may be thinking, yes, it’s going to be different. You will have more flight time now than when the snapshot was taken. You may have been selected to be a Line Check Airman… or decided to step up and be an ALPA volunteer… which is all well and good. Those will not be red flags when your application is being reviewed during your panel interview. But what about those two speeding tickets – from six years ago – that you have listed, that are not on the snapshot? Or, there’s that six-month gig where you were a freight dog for a Part 135 operator that you added once you had time to fill in the blanks. Imagine your embarrassment when you are asked about the checkride bust in your FAA airman’s file – the one that really belongs to someone else you share names with that was incorrectly filed!

Your application needs to be complete and accurate by the day the opportunity to opt into the CPP arrives. We cannot stress this enough – we apologize if we sound like a broken record*; but that’s how importantly we feel this needs to be said.

There is a considerable amount of work that needs to be done in order for you to fill out the application so it is (here it comes again) complete and accurate. Feedback from pilots and hiring professionals indicates that some applicants wait too long to begin compiling the information necessary to complete their application properly.

Here is a short list of records you should begin requesting and organizing NOW that will help you in completing your application:

To help you with this task, a resource called “Progression Preflight” is available on the ALPA Fee-for-Departure Committee webpage.

In upcoming issues of the Career Progression Update, we will discuss how to best use this information that you are now gathering, along with some other pointers on how to optimize your application. We will also offer additional information and resources that will aid you in being successful in your pursuit of a job with a large jet carrier, regardless of which pathway you take. And of course, we will pass on any additional news on details of the CPP for the ARW pilots as they become available.

*record: an ancient method of audio recording, commonly called “vinyl.”  It predates the eight-track tape**, cassette tape, compact disc and MP3 download.  If not stored properly, they could be scratched, which could cause them to skip or repeat.  Vinyl is supposedly now retro… but how many people are carrying around portable record players?

**eight-track tape: aviation trivia… Bill Lear invented the format, originally called the “Lear Jet Stereo 8.”  Yes, THAT Bill Lear.

Ken Reinert, April 11, 2017



SOS Update for November 4, 2016

Earlier this month, three unions representing organized labor at Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. sent an urgent letter to our CEO, Ms. Christine Deister. You can read the full text of the letter here, but to summarize, ALPA, the Association of Flight Attendants, and the Transport Workers Union (which represents our dispatchers) reiterated in writing the questions we have been asking management in person since we began our 2018: Sunrise or Sunset? Campaign last April: what is your plan to save the airline, and if there is a plan, how can we help? Unfortunately, CEO Deister has not acknowledged or responded to the joint labor letter.

At the time the joint labor letter was sent, we were unclear what Envoy Air’s plans to establish a pilot base at LGA meant for us long term, and unaware our own management’s plans to abandon LGA as a domicile. This new information makes our reasonable request that management share its intentions with its own employees even more urgent.

We want to make it very clear that the unions on this property are unified in our goal of representing our members’ interests in understanding the future of our airline. We stand ready to engage management in a meaningful conversation about our future and our livelihoods.  ALPA President Canoll urged CEO Deister to utilize the Association’s resources and volunteers during these tough times, but sadly more than two weeks have passed since the letter was sent and there is no indication of such engagement. Until we hear from AWAC’s leadership, we will continue to make decisions based of the information of today and we urge you to do the same.

We are heartened by the strong support our MEC received from our fellow pilot leaders at the recent ALPA Board of Directors meeting. We were able to make a brief presentation on our SOS campaign to the more than 190 representatives from 31 ALPA airlines in the US and Canada who had attended the BOD. That encouragement, combined with the support we have already received and continue to receive from Captain Canoll and ALPA national, makes it clear that our union has the backs of the Air Wisconsin pilots.

Until next time, Fly Safe and Fly the Contract!

ARW MEC

Ken Reinert, November 5, 2016




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