December 15, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline
EFB Program: Be Vigilant for Errors and Omissions
By ARW MEC
By now some of you have received the company issued iPads which will serve as our electronic flight bag or EFB. The EFB program has been anticipated by this pilot group and worked on by this Company for a very long time. Although we are looking forward to going paperless, and begin to replace the back-straining flight cases we are all accustomed to with an EFB, the Association has some serious concerns about the Nav Charts being provided by the company. There are clearly issues with the software, the extent of which we are still trying to grasp. Examples of some of the issues that have been reported are missing transition routes, missing obstacle departure procedures, incorrect frequencies, incorrect MAPs, and many spelling/grammatical errors. There have also been reports of updates “freezing” the Navtech App essentially making the EFB useless.
In addition to these alarming inaccuracies of our Nav Charts and the problems with software updates, other questions have been posed to the flight department which they have yet to answer. One such issue is the 117 implications with mandatory updates being conducted while not on duty. Your MEC representatives will continue to ask questions to try to ensure that we are doing all we can do so that this program is safe for release.
Here’s what we recommend that you do: As you begin to start using the NavTech charts, please ensure that everything you see on the EFB agrees with what you see on the paper Jeppesen charts. In an effort to fix the potential safety-compromising problems in NavTech, ALPA is asking for your assistance. If you locate missing or incorrect data, or experience any trouble with the iPad or the battery, please file an ASAP report immediately and follow up with an email to the newly created email address ARWEFB@alpa.org. If you find ANYTHING wrong, missing or critical information which is difficult to quickly reference, PLEASE file an ASAP report. If you find wrong altitudes, missing fixes, misprints, anything confusing, or anything that does not match the Jeppesen plates, please file an ASAP report as these are safety issues.
Filing an ASAP report will accomplish two things. First, it will populate a database of known problems so that the ERC can properly address all of the concerns regarding the EFB. Second, it will provide YOU with the certificate protections afforded by the program.
Negotiations Committee Update
By ARW MEC
The Negotiating Committee worked diligently to get the negotiations survey quickly out the pilots, believing that a very high participation rate was assured. The participation levels have left a lot to be desired, with less than 30% turnout at the close of the first cutoff date. As such, the date for completion has been extended, not once, but now twice, in order to garner enough pilots to make informed decisions in future bargaining. For the 12% (96 pilots) of pilots with unfinished survey’s out there, please complete the survey as soon as possible so your survey can be included in the final data. Survey participation numbers have improved over the last few weeks but we can do better. You now have until December 30th, 2015 to have your voices heard before we move forward. After that date, the committee may be backed into making decisions before hearing the bargaining wishes of all Air Wisconsin pilots. Your union leadership urges you to complete the survey, as we cannot effectively make important decisions about bargaining without your input. It only takes a matter of minutes to complete and it is the most effective means for your voices to be heard.
Volunteer of the Quarter
By MEC Officers
You should by now be familiar with the volunteer of the quarter award that the MEC Officers bestow upon an ARW ALPA volunteer who has distinguished him or herself and brought exceptional time and effort to bear on our pilot group’s behalf. For this quarter, Ken Reinert was selected as the stand-out volunteer to receive the coveted trophy pictured with Ken below.
Ken serves on our Scheduling Committee as the DCA Rep, on the Communications Committee as the lead editor of The Wiss-key, and as a member on the ALPA National Balloting and Certification Committee. Ken went above and beyond the call of duty during the TA ratification process, putting together countless communications, managing the website, and answering pilot questions in relation to the TA.
On behalf of the MEC, thank you Ken for your willingness to serve our pilot group.
Jumpseat Committee Chairman Vacancy
By ARW MEC
Captain Nick Chichester will be leaving us for Southwest Airlines in early 2016. To ensure this important committee does not sit vacant, Joe Cetrone will be appointed the interim Jumpseat/Security Committee Chairman by MEC Chairman Chris Suhs. A new Chairman will be elected at the next MEC meeting. The MEC thanks Captain Chichester’s service to the Association, dedication to our Jumpseat agreements and commitment to resolving all Jumpseat complaints. We wish Captain Chichester the very best at his new carrier. If you happen to run into Nick thank him for all he did on your behalf.
A few of the responsibilities of the Jumpseat Chairman are:
i. To keep a directory of current jumpseat agreements and procedures for pilots to obtain those jumpseats.
ii. To explore potential new jumpseat agreements.
iii. To establish and maintain a liaison with the ALPA National Jumpseat Committee and its members.
iv. To establish and maintain a liaison with the ALPA National Security Committee and its members.
v. To act as a liaison between the company and pilots concerning jumpseat difficulties.
vi. Provide monthly reports and updates to the MEC.
If you are interested in being considered for this position, or serving on this committee, please contact the ARW MEC at ARWMEC@alpa.org. You should reach out to them, not only by email, but also individually by phone, expressing your interest in the position. Be prepared to answer the MECs questions regarding your interest. To learn more about the details of election procedure, please refer to the ARW-ALPA Policy Manual.
Thank you for considering this volunteer position.
Back the PAC in 2015!
By Jeffrey Woodham, Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman
Fellow ARW Pilots,
As the end of 2015 quickly approaches, your ALPA-PAC is only about 100 pilots short of this year’s goal of 10,000 contributors! If you have not already made a PAC contribution this year, your MEC asks that you do so today. As you know, ALPA-PAC is funded 100% by voluntary contributions from pilots like you. This year, we have the opportunity to raise $1.8 million and have our best year ever!
ALPA-PAC is your voice in Washington, and 2016 will be another year that voice must be heard. Early next year, Congress will take up FAA Reauthorization which is critical to ensuring FAA operations continue uninterrupted. The threats to the industry from state-sponsored foreign airlines such as the Middle Eastern carriers still looms large. These carriers enjoy billions of dollars in unfair subsidies from their governments, putting our carriers at a significant competitive disadvantage. We must work to address the Health-Care Excise Tax or “Cadillac Tax” on your employer sponsored health-care benefits, will take effect in 2018. Your ALPA-PAC dollars help ALPA represent your interests on these and other issues in Washington.
We must take a stand today to protect our industry and our careers in the future, no one else will do it for us. A PAC contribution of as little as $5 will help to build a Pilot Partisan majority in the House and Senate, and ensure your voice is heard in Washington, DC and around the country. ALPA-PAC contributions can be made here; the last day to make a PAC contribution for 2015 is December, 31st.
Committee Activity for November 2015
By Graham Hoff-Downing, MEC Secretary-Treasurer
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.
Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback states that presently we have 5 Pilots out on STD and the STD Bank Balance is at approximately $55,000. It will be turned off for a couple months, as required by 27.G.10.a. of the CBA.
Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood, as well as members Bob Burgess and Graham Hoff-Downing worked to get the negotiations survey out the pilots in November. The survey is the MOST EFFECTIVE means for your voices to be heard. Please reference the separate article written expressly for this edition of the PDH.
Critical Incident Response Program Chairman Aric Newstead has informed us that he was successful in sending Jarrett Heiting to CIRP training in DC. Jarrett attended a 3-day course that taught him the procedures, insights, and techniques that are involved in being a member of the CIRP.
Scheduling Chairman Abdullah Bawagad received and answered many questions regarding pilot pay, schedules, training, and other contract questions in November. From these conversations the committee wants to express a few reminders to the pilots:
1. Be firm and straight to the point when talking to scheduling. If there is an issue regarding your schedule or duty please remember the time, and the person you talk to when contacting the crew desk. As always, remember you are on a recording line.
2. Regarding rotation first out/last out; it will be honored by seniority with certain exceptions contained within 25.N.4.
The scheduling committee is seeking volunteers for the positions of the Reserve Resources Coordinator and Scheduling Representative for the LGA base. If you are interested, please send an email to the email@example.com.
Communications Chairman Ken Reinert has nothing much to report for the month of November. There is a big announcement forthcoming very early 2016 that will revolutionize the way ARW-ALPA communications are received. Stay tuned in January for that announcement.
In November, your Central Air Safety Committee Chairman Dan Lehenbauer, participated in the quarterly Flight Operations Safety Board (FOSB) which is a high level meeting of airline management and ALPA safety. The members of the FOSB are Bob Frisch, Eddie Leverton, Chris White, Gregg Syring, Jim Reiners, Doug Lesh, and Dan Lehenbauer. The FOSB reviewed significant events, learned how “things are going”, and received updates on the de-ice/anti-ice programs for the upcoming winter. ALPA has been told that Type IV will not be required on the fuselage this year and FAA approved documents are being prepared to reflect the change. Until the time the company announces the change, please comply with all approved company documents pertaining to de-icing procedures.
CASC is urging all flight crews to continue to wear the safety vests while conducting preflight and post flight inspections of the airplane. Flight crews are required to conduct walk around inspections thoroughly while using a flashlight when necessary. Making a simple circle of the airplane and not complying with the inspection criteria of the FCM simply must not happen. At night, even if the plane is parked at a gate that is well lighted, a flashlight is still necessary for a proper inspection. As we know, pilots are usually the last line of defense and may prevent anything from airplane damage to certificate action.
Chairman of the ASAP committee, Chris Fuson reports that November was a pretty quiet month. As usual, the committee conducted scheduled teleconference meetings on November 4th, 13th, and 18th, with a special meeting conducted on the 6th. The committee continues to see an increase in taxi errors. Please make sure both pilots are on the same page when it comes to taxiing the aircraft. In addition, we are once again approaching that time of the year when de-icing will occur. The committee will attempt to have members overseeing all major de-icing events at the hubs during this winter season. Please make sure you submit an ASAP report if you see any stations not complying with proper de-icing procedures.
Chairman Josh Schmitt and the rest of the Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) Committee conducted their recurring monthly meeting in early November. The committee would like to remind crewmembers to be as detailed as possible when filling out fatigue reports and to complete them within 72 hours of the event.
Chairman Ron Stocki of FOQA continued to monitor FOQA data for significant events and prepared the Q1 2016 FOQA IBT during November. Any comments, questions, or concerns about the FOQA program should be directed to Ron.
According to Chairman Ken Nesbitt, the Grievance Committee had a relatively slow November. They received seven issues from pilots. Two were found to not have merit, four were sent to the Company via our Sharepoint site, and one is on hold pending further investigation from the committee. Of the four that were sent to the Company, two were found to have merit and the pilots were promptly made whole by the Company. The other two are still under review by the Company. The two issues that the Company agreed were meritorious were due to scheduling mistakes that were made during the approve/deny process of adding and dropping trips. These issues were isolated incidents and we do not expect it to happen again.
Grievance Committee Member Dave Anderson is in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Dave regarding your issue form, please make his 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.
Last month your interim Hotel Committee Chairman, Brian Milburn and his team, completed hotel site inspections in CAE, RDU, and ROC. Please see below for hotel updates:
· CAE was inspected due to the contract expiring. After numerous site inspections in this city, none of the proposed hotels were acceptable except our current hotel. It is likely that we will be staying at the Double Tree.
· RDU was also inspected due to the contract expiring. The Four Points acquired the Southwest Airlines contract and no longer had occupancy for us. We found two acceptable properties in this market. The contract was signed with the Fairfield Inn and Suites, which is adjacent to the Four Points. There is a great Mexican restaurant to the right of the hotel.
· ROC was inspected due to numerous hotel complaint forms and the pending grievance. We spent an entire day inspecting numerous hotels in this market. Out if the hotels inspected, we deemed five as acceptable and of the five, the Holiday Inn Downtown was selected. It is right across the river from the old Radisson hotel that we used to stay at.
· This month we will be inspecting hotels in the CHS market. We are going to this market again due to the current hotel undergoing extensive renovations. These renovations are happening sooner than expected and the overnights unexpectedly continuing. This will need to be completed prior to January 1st.
· A market study is being conducted in the GSO market due to hotel issues. We are not sure when this inspection will be completed as Brian’s last day with the company will be Friday December 4th.
Brian and the committee urges everyone to fill out hotel feedback reports. They need to have these reports to be able to present to the company. The company takes every form that you submit directly to the general manager of that hotel to get a resolution. It is much easier for the hotel committee to request a change if they have your feedback. They need your assistance in reporting issues on your overnight. Conversely, the feedback forms don't always have to be negative. Tell the committee when you like a hotel. All of these contracts will be coming up for renewal at some point.
Finally, Brian expressed to us that it has truly been an honor working for this pilot group and he wishes everyone the best as he moves on to another carrier. Brian also asked that we send his thanks to all of you for your support over the years.
Chairman of Professional Standards Greg Killeen happily reports that the committee worked five cases this month, all with positive outcomes.
The Community Involvement Committee Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger had his work cut out for him in November. Robbie appointed Paul Marks as the Domicile Coordinator in LGA. The CIC held three separate events in three domiciles in November:
· ORF: On November 3rd, pilots participated in the first clean-up of the adopted Marshview Trail.
· DCA: On November 23rd, pilots volunteered at the Manna Food Bank to sort food donations.
· PHL: On November 14th, PHL CIC participated in their second Love your Park Day at Liberty Lands Park.
As a final reminder, Robbie urges everyone to check their inboxes for future events where you can give back to your communities.
Legislative Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Woodham reminds all pilots to "Back the PAC." In early December ALPA-PAC sent update emails to all contributors detailing the projected Club Level that will be achieved by the end of the year 2015. Included within the email were instructions on how to make a one-time contribution, if necessary, to reach their membership goal. If you haven't already made a PAC contribution, December 31st is the last day to do so for this year. If you are already a contributor, the Legislative Affairs Committee thanks you and asks that you consider increasing your contribution. ALPA-PAC contributions can be made here.
Committee Chairman Jeffrey Woodham wrote an article for the November 15 PDH on the current ME3 Call to Action (C2A). Consequently, the ARW Pilots greatly increased their (C2A) participation. To the same effect, committee Chairman Jeffrey Woodham spent some time in DCA with P2P Chairman Jared Armstrong talking with pilots about the current C2As.
The committee reminds all pilots that there are currently 5 C2A's, 2 of which apply to the Excise Tax on Employer Sponsored Healthcare or "Cadillac Tax," available on ALPA's Advocacy page here. On the issue of Pilot Pay, the ARW Pilots are currently the leading ALPA pilot group with 14% of the pilots participating. As of November 22, the current total C2A participation among all ALPA carriers is:
Excise Tax H
Excise Tax S
12.05 % (5360)
Total Pilots – 44,490
The next upcoming date for District Advocacy Training is December 17th, at 4:00 PM EST. Pilots who wish to become District Advocates should contact the Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman. You can learn more about the District Advocacy program here.
Pilot Assistance Committee Chairman Ricky Vetick is busy with normal HIMS monitoring, as well as training new member of the committee, Rob Gartzke. The committee is planning to send Rob to formal training at the September 2016 HIMS seminar.
November 2015 Resignations
By ARW Membership Committee
Emp. # Name Resign Date
9718 Steven Jorgensen 11/20/15
12736 Andrew Schweninger 11/1/15
14308 Jay Elliot 11/27/15
14360 Aaron Fry 11/2/15
16909 Christian White 11/27/15
22526 Brandon Jones 11/14/15
23817 Olamide Iledare 11/4/15
24614 Kyle Spencer 11/14/15
25371 Andrew Judge 11/11/15
25392 Stanislav Dmitreyev 11/28/15
25912 Demitrios Kalmoutis 11/25/15
26072 George Engles 11/28/15
26238 Michael Schrader Jr. 11/1/15
26427 Andrew Shoemaker 11/21/15
26497 Robert Hetzel Jr 11/3/15
26531 Lincoln Smikle 11/5/15
26541 Kenneth Ritchie 11/24/15
Dec. 17 2015
District Advocacy Training Webinar
Dec. 24 2015
LEC 50 meeting
Dec. 30 2015
Negotiations Survey Closes
ARW MEC Meeting