August 31, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline “Extra”


PDH Extra: Volunteer of the Quarter – CA Dave Wilcox

By ARW MEC Officers


Every quarter, your MEC officers bestow the Volunteer of the Quarter recognition award upon the ARW ALPA volunteer whose work has distinguished him or her above all others, while dedicating an extraordinary amount of time and effort on our pilot group’s behalf. For the third quarter of 2015, Veterans Affairs Chairman Dave Wilcox was selected as the stand-out volunteer to receive the ARW MEC Unified Excellence coin, and our sincerest thanks.


Captain Wilcox is a longstanding ALPA volunteer, having served on the Retirement and Insurance Committee from 2005-2010, and as the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee since the committee was established by the ARW MEC in 2011. In both these positions, Dave has served with excellence, dedication, and honor and has been an enthusiastic supporter of our union. It has been a pleasure to work with him as he is a respected colleague, enthusiastic volunteer, and a friend.


Hired at Air Wisconsin in March of 1998, Dave has flown the BAE-146 and the CL-65, as well as served as a Line Check Airman in the CL-65 from 2010-2014. Prior to Air Wisconsin Dave flew for Westjet Air Center in Rapid City, SD flying Part 135 Charter / Air Ambulance / Freight in PA-31-350 and C-310 N/Q aircraft. In addition Dave, was a pilot for two other airlines, including Western Pacific flying B737s and Mesa flying BE-1900s.


For those of you who are fortunate to know Captain Wilcox, you know that he is a humble man who is more interested in other people than talking about his own life story. Many of us know that he served 24 distinguished years in the USAF. What many of you may not know is that Dave is a Vietnam veteran with numerous awards and decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven Air Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, to name a few.


On Tuesday, September 1 Air Wisconsin will be holding a gathering in the main crew room in DCA to celebrate Captain Wilcox’s last flight and subsequent retirement. Any crew member who would like to watch Dave taxi in on his retirement flight should plan on meeting in the 35 lower level boarding area at approximately 2:00pm as Dave will be arriving at 2:29pm on flight 4009 from BGR. Immediately following the ramp welcome there will be gathering in the main crewroom.


Congratulations to Dave as he exits the Air Wisconsin traffic pattern on the left 45 degrees, and best wishes to him and his family after retirement. On behalf of the entire MEC, please join us in thanking Dave for his willingness, dedication, and effectiveness in serving our pilot group and his overwhelming passion for the betterment of the pilots of Air Wisconsin. Thank you, Dave, for making Air Wisconsin a better place to work and for making a difference.