May 15, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline


What can ALPA do for you…



The Critical Incident Response Program and the Central Air Safety Committee would like to remind you of the services that ALPA provides. This past weekend we experienced an event that had the potential to be serious. When we became aware of the event, the cabin fire on aircraft 430, our committees were spooled up and ready to head to RIC. Any time our crews need it, volunteers from various committees and professional staff at ALPA National are standing by to assist. When you need access to this assistance, just ask for it: ALPA has the Accident/Incident Hotline. They even have “an app for that,” the ALPA app. 


The time right after an accident or incident can be hectic at best. Everyone wants information from you, and you are often being pulled in multiple directions. What we would like you to do is to slow down and contact the hotline to get help. That number is (202) 797-4180. When you are connected you will be asked a series of questions – simple questions at that. This is designed to get the wheels rolling to support you and to connect you with the right people. They will initiate the notifications to us, the safety volunteers, your ALPA Representation attorney, and your MEC. Once notified, there are two basic areas we cover: accident/incident investigation supporting the NTSB, FAA or Company; and Critical Incident Response. The two groups work in parallel with one another. In addition, you will be able to speak with an ALPA attorney who can assist you in how to respond to the many requests for information and/or testing.


The Accident Investigation team will respond to provide assistance to the NTSB. This group is there to help solely with the investigation and works as an impartial investigative group. Our sole purpose is to find the facts and help the NTSB determine probable cause, determine areas of improvements and generally to improve safety. This is why we remain separate from Critical Incident Response.


The Critical Incident Response Program committee provides support to the crews and families of those involved in an accident or incident, whether it’s work-related or not. The CASC would like to remind you of the physical and emotional stress that is associated with these types of situations. A critical incident is a stressful event that may evoke stress reactions by those either directly or indirectly involved. The ALPA Aeromedical Office found that, of the pilots with PTSD or long-term stress, approximately 70 percent of those who received proper assistance continued their aviation careers. Of those pilots not receiving any critical incident stress support, 60 to 70 percent left their aviation careers within two years of the incident or accident.


If you encounter a stressful event, take time to recuperate afterwards. Do not rush to get the next flight out. Get up, walk around, and stay hydrated. The effects of adrenaline can last for some time. Once those effects wear off, you could become fatigued. The last place you want to be when the adrenaline wears off is in the cockpit. Wait until you feel reenergized. This will aid your alertness and help mitigate any further incidents. If you ever need to contact the CIRP Committee, please don’t hesitate to call, e-mail, or text us. We are happy to help in any way that we can. Please remember that anything we discuss remains confidential. If you ever find yourself in a situation or would just like to learn more, please call us at 1-800-ALPA-ARW (1-800-257-2279)


Aric Newsted

CIRP Chairman


John Jester

Chief Accident Investigator


Dan Lehenbauer

CASC Chairman


Fee For Departure Committee Website and Career Progression Profile



The Fee-For-Departure Committee’s (FFDC) mission is to identify and develop strategies to counter threats and capture opportunities in the piloting profession, including:


·      enhancing job security;

·      fostering career progression;

·      ensuring pay, benefits, working conditions, and retirement packages that are commensurate with the responsibility and experience required of the profession; and

·      identifying and maximizing areas of common interest to all fee-for-departure carriers that enhance the value of ALPA regional pilots’ careers.


The 12 MEC Chairmen who comprise the Fee-For-Departure Committee are from Air Wisconsin, Atlantic Southeast, CommutAir, Compass, Envoy Air, Jazz Aviation, Mesa Air Group, Endeavor Air, Piedmont, PSA, Trans States, and ExpressJet.  The FFD group encompasses 14,000 pilots strong who have a real concern about the career uncertainty their respective airlines currently have to offer.  On the FFD site you will find the different initiatives FFD Chairman Paul Ryder (XJT) is developing to assist FFD pilots either progress in their careers, or stabilize those careers in this segment of the industry.


Just last week the FFD Committee announced the first Interview Workshop open to all FFD ALPA members who are pre-flighting for the big interview day.  Cage Marshall consulting will be providing the consultation in Denver on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Register here or visit to learn more about other ways the Fee-for-Departure Committee is helping ALPA pilots in their career progression.


While visiting the FFDC site be sure to complete the Career Progression Profile which will help ALPA help you.  By providing information about your qualifications and your interests, the Fee-for-Departure Committee can identify needs and focus resources to best serve our FFD pilots in their search for employment. The profile is required for any ALPA pilot wishing to participate in future ALPA career progression offerings, such as open houses, career webinars, and other career-building programs.


You will be given the opportunity to update this profile periodically, but it will not be continuously editable. Your answers will be “locked in” between the update periods, so please take your time and fill out the profile completely. Make sure to update your e-mail address and other contact information in the membership section, too. To create your profile go to the Career Progression section of the FFDC webpage or click here.


If you do not currently have a profile and wish to create one the enrollment window is now open and will close prior to the announcement of the next ALPA open house event. Individual information is completely proprietary, and your personal information will not be shared with third parties.


Got SMS?

By John Jester, Chief Accident Investigator


Well, if you are at Air Wisconsin, the answer is yes.  We are still standing up our SMS (Safety Management System) program here at Air Wisconsin.  Recently Gregg Syring, Kevin Gordon and I traveled out to Los Angles to attend the FAA SMS Conference.  This was an important event since the FAA’s Part 5 Regulation was released at the beginning of the year.  The event included presentations from the FAA, airlines, insurance companies and experts in the area. 


FAA’s Part 5 regulation for SMS is currently out and will require Part 121 operators to have an approved SMS program.  The program will eventually expand to all certificated operators including repair stations, charter operators and training organizations.  The regulations state some basic requirements that we are either meeting or will meet soon.  ALPA will be working with the company to come up with the best programs for our company.


The importance of the event is both in the presentations and the networking.  Every airline is creating its own program, which must be approved by the FAA.  Each airline has its own needs to address and we spent a great deal of time discussing how each airline is addressing their situation and how we might learn from it for our own program.  The scale of the various programs is immense: for example, American Airlines had more people in one presentation than our entire Safety Department for Air Wisconsin, while other carriers are a safety department of one. 


What are the important highlights that we gleaned from all the presentations?  That we have more to do and to learn.  There are many decisions that will have to be decided on for our company’s program.  The biggest take away is, as always, that the true benefit of SMS comes when the line employees get what it is all about and report the issues, even the small ones, so they can be addressed.  In the end the line pilot’s role in SMS is to report concerns as they arise and to use sound judgement in operations and consider whether your operations are being conducted in the safest means possible.


Committee Activity for April 2015

By Jeff Pruett, MEC Vice Chairman


This article provides you with an overview of our committees, building on updates from past MEC communications, including Facebook and other media. 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’s being done, it’s equally important for you to understand the role each committee has in helping the MEC fulfill its mission. This is a summary of the work of your fellow line pilot ALPA volunteers.

In April, outgoing Fatigue Risk Management Chairman Ralph Wainwright, Communications Chairman Ken Reinert, and Community Involvement Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger recorded special topic-specific and committee updates for the pilot group. These and other outstanding podcasts are available
here, and iPhone users can download the ipadio podcast app here and search for “Air Wisconsin Pilots.”

Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback was busy in March fielding numerous phone calls from pilots; please give Jack a call if you have Aeromedical, Short-Term Disability, or FMLA questions or issues. We presently have 10 pilots out on short-term disability, the short-term disability bank balance is roughly $45,000 and bank funding is turned off for per Section 27 G. 10 of the CBA.


The ASAP Committee is composed of Chairman Chris Fuson and Secondary Representatives Marlena Cooper and Ron Baker. The Event Review Committee (ERC) is currently caught up on reports, with Regular ERC Meetings being conducted on April 1, 8, 22, and 29. The ERC is seeing a rise in taxi errors, and they suggest that crews write down the taxi instructions and query ATC if there is any confusion.


Your Central Air Safety Committee has been very active in the last months.  In mid-April Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Dan Lehenbauer, Chief Accident Investigator John Jester, and Flight Operations Quality Assurance Chariman Ron Stocki traveled to Pittsburgh to attend the semiannual Aviation Safety InfoShare Conference presented by ASIAS - Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Program.  ALPA has been attending these conferences alongside with company reps for many years now.  With plenary and breakout sessions, your pilot volunteers heard many presentations ranging from go-arounds, flap exceedances, tail skids, wrong runway landings, fatigue, ERC teamwork, icing, low visibility approaches and many other topics.  There are several other “tracks” that can be attended and therefore representatives from maintenance and dispatch attended their respective presentations.


There is still time: Communications Committee Chairman Ken Reinert is setting up the next edition of the Wiss-key. Any pilots interested in submitting articles and/or pictures in the next edition are encouraged by the MEC to do so, and should contact Ken Reinert at 703-862-0596 or IMMEDIATELY.


CASC Chairman Dan Lehenbauer has appointed Josh Schmitt as the Chairman of the Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) Committee. Josh Schmitt was hired at AWAC in January 2011 and has been based in PHL and DCA. Before AWAC, Josh flight instructed at Middle Tennessee State University, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Aerospace. Josh has served on the FRMC under Ralph Wainwright since December of 2014 and a part of the survey process as well as the FRMP meeting with the company that took place in January. Since being appointed the chairman of the FRM Committee, Josh has selected FO Bob Schomaker to be a FRM Committee Member. Bob has been based in DCA since 2011. Bob attended Middle Tennessee State University before flight instructing, and spent several years flying corporate Jetstreams before joining the airlines.


Community Involvement Committee (CIC) Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger reports that events are being planned at multiple domiciles. Please look for announcements from your local CIC Coordinator and Local Executive Council Officers via LEC fastread, also ARW ALPA Facebook, and the calendar on each PDH for events. On April 25th, Norfolk CIC had its first event the YSC Pig and Oyster Bash in which 10 pilots and guests attended the event.  Philadelphia had its first event on April 26th in cooperation with the Great Lakes Brewery Earth Day Tour Park Clean Up in which three pilots and guests attended. 


Grievance Committee Chairman Ken Nesbitt and grievance committee members were quite busy in April.  Seven issue forms were filed from pilots, and of these seven, four were sent to the Company via our pre-grievance SharePoint site, two were resolved by the Company without intervention from the committee, and one did not have merit.  The committee was able to finalize the “aggressive reserve pick-up” settlement and a side announcement will be made to the pilots shortly.  Grievance Chairman Ken Nesbitt traveled to MSP for a meeting with the Company along with the Hotel Committee, and MEC Vice-Chairman Jeff Pruett about the ROC hotel grievance. This meeting did not resolve the ROC hotel grievance, nor has it yet resulted in a new process in hotel selection. 


Grievance Committee Members Dave Anderson and Graham Downing are in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Dave or Graham regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling back or responding to the e-mail as quickly as possible. Issues are resolved through an organized and time-critical process, during which the issue form filer 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. Please be patient with the Grievance Committee as they work through your issues and attempt to get you made whole.  This issues form and grievance path is unfortunately not a timely process, and if you do have questions about an outstanding issue you filed with committee, please email them with your issue number, date you submitted, and/or topic of your issue in the email so they can reference it in a timely manner.


Lastly, on April 27th – May 1, Grievance Committee Member Dave Anderson, Negotiating Members Graham Downing, and Bob Burgess met in Herndon for ALPA's Negotiations and Grievance Training Seminar. Contract negotiations and enforcement are top priorities for each of ALPA's 30 member pilot groups. More than 40 pilot representatives from 12 ALPA carriers and the Frontier Airline Pilots Association attended the four-day course. Offered annually, the seminar features educational components, case studies, and bargaining simulations designed to help pilots maximize their negotiations and grievance processing skills.


Hotel Committee Chairman Ken Honneffer and Member Laura Assia comprise the Hotel Committee. Recently, Air Wisconsin’s Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Department has been offering austere and shabby quality hotels for committee inspections. As reported to the pilot group, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement selected a hotel in ROC that our pilots are currently housed in, but was unequivocally deemed unacceptable by ALPA as neither comfortable nor adequate for the pilots of Air Wisconsin. Ken and Laura’s volunteerism is central to ensuring our quality of life when we’re away from home, and without their oversight and continuous and heroic efforts to evaluate properties and advocate on your behalf, hotel quality will continue to slip. However, the committee cannot do it alone, and they need your hotel reports - please fill out hotel complaints on either or


Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan reports that in April, Training and Testing Chairman Charlie Mader met with two new hire classes in Appleton to welcome them to Air Wisconsin and ALPA. The first class had 13 and the second class had 4. The company has stated that the second class was smaller than intended due to a bad weather month that made it difficult for both applicants and recruiters to attend interviews.  Matt reminds all pilots to keep the Membership Committee up to date on any changes in cellphone, email, or home address.  You can update by emailing Matt directly at or ALPA National at  As always, please help Matt and Committee in greeting our new brothers and sisters by extending your hand and welcoming them to the Air Wisconsin/ALPA family.


The Scheduling Committee 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 phone line. Please report all scheduling-related issues to your Scheduling Committee and file an issue form if there is a contractual violation. If you need a badge backer or Part 117 Reference Card, please contact Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan at 920-277-2177 or


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.



Retirement and Insurance Committee Member Election



Consistent with MEC policy established in October 2008, all committee chair openings, MEC Officer, Negotiating, and Retirement and Insurance (R&I) member positions will be advertised to the Air Wisconsin pilot group.


The ARW MEC will be electing or re-electing one member to the Retirement and Insurance Committee during the month of June 2015. As a brief overview of the committee’s structure, the R&I Committee chairman has a one-year term beginning every Aug. 1. Other members of this committee have three-year, overlapping terms that begin Aug. 1, with a different member up for election each year. The current R&I Committee roster includes:


Per the ARW MEC Policy Manual, the scope of the R&I Committee is to consider, recommend, monitor, and study tax-exempt fringe benefits available to ARW pilots. Furthermore, the duties and responsibilities of the R&I Committee include:



Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via by the close of business on June 12th, 2014. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether they are interested in other ALPA volunteer positions in the event that they are not elected to this position. Applicants should also call the six voting members of the MEC (i.e. Matthew Chadwick, William DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to discuss the position, secure a nomination, and garner majority support. An election for the R&I Committee member will be held during the MEC Meeting the week of June 15th, and after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.


MEC Secretary-Treasurer Election



Consistent with MEC policy established in October 2008, all committee chair openings, MEC Officer, Negotiating, and Retirement and Insurance (R&I) member positions will be advertised to the Air Wisconsin pilot group. The term of office for the MEC Secretary-Treasurer position is concurrent with the term of office of the MEC chairman, which ends Aug. 24, 2016.


Duties and Responsibilities of the MEC Secretary-Treasurer include:


·       In the event of simultaneous vacancy in the offices of the chairman and vice chairman, become acting chairman and shall call a special meeting of the MEC within ten (10) days for election of officers. The secretary-treasurer will preside at such meeting until the election of a chairman.


·       Be charged with keeping the operating, meeting, and financial records of the MEC under the jurisdiction of the MEC Chairman.


·       Work with each MEC committee chairman to develop and properly utilize an efficient yearly budget. 


·       Perform organizational or representational duties as may be delegated by the MEC Chairman.


Election Procedures for a MEC Officers include:


·       Each member of the MEC has the privilege of nominating one (1) candidate for each office to be filled. It is the responsibility of that member to ensure his nominee’s willingness to serve.


·       Additionally, any member in good standing may have his or her name placed in nomination by notification to the MEC Chairman prior to the close of nominations.


·       Prior to nominations for MEC Officer(s), each candidate shall be allowed a five (5) minute period to make whatever presentation he or she desires. Following such presentation, there will be a ten (10) minute period for questions and answers. Should more than one candidate for an office wish to appear before the MEC the order of appearance shall be determined by drawing straws.


·       The MEC member making the nomination shall be allowed to make a nominating speech not to exceed three (3) minutes. There shall be no nominating speeches for standing committee positions.


·       Each candidate shall be allowed one (1) seconding speech by a member of the MEC not to exceed two (2) minutes.


·       After each member of the MEC has had an opportunity to place a name in nomination for a particular office, the MEC Chairman shall declare that nominations for that office are closed.


·       Nominations for the office of MEC Chairman shall take place first, followed by the election of the MEC Chairman, followed by nominations for Vice Chairman, followed by the election of the MEC Vice Chairman, and lastly, nominations for Secretary- Treasurer, followed by the election of the MEC Secretary-Treasurer.


·       Flight Pay Loss will not be approved to appear before the MEC, however a hotel and expenses will be covered.


Interested pilots can submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via by the close of business on June 12, 2015. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position and their applicable background. Applicants should also call the six voting members of the current MEC (Matthew Chadwick, Will DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to secure a nomination and garner majority support. An election for the MEC Secretary / Treasurer will be held via secret ballot during the MEC Meeting the week of June 15, and after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.


April 2015 Resignations

By ARW Membership Committee


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Upcoming Dates


2015 Dates

June 15-17

MEC Regular Meeting, MSP

June 18

ARW 50th Anniversary Picnic, ATW

June 22-26

Negotiations, ORD

July 20-13

Air Safety Forum, Washington DC

October 9-17

MEC Regular Meeting

October 21-22

Executive Board Meeting