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APA News Digest: June 14, 2024

APA News Digest June 14, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... National Town Hall Meeting on June 19 Membership Referendum Closes on June 19 “Let Me Check What You Just Checked” APA Medical Minute – Testosterone Replacement Therapy Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Expense Reimbursement for Reserves Hotel Committee: Watch Your Bags! Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Membership Committee: Congratulations to Newly Upgraded Captains Membership Committee: Gone West We Remember TWA Flight 847 Domicile Events Domicile Elections Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars National Town Hall Meeting on June 19 APA President CA Ed Sicher will host a national town hall on Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 1600 Central. The meeting agenda will include discussion of the following: The status of The Line forums APA’s strategic plan The state of American Airlines The ALPA card drive The bulk of the agenda will be dedicated to a question-and-answer session with participating members. A few minutes before the town hall begins, all members in good standing will receive a call from Telephone Town Hall Meeting, the vendor that assists APA with its town halls. The phone number that will appear in your caller ID is 817-302-2171. We recommend adding this number to your contacts. For members unable to answer the outbound call, we will provide a toll-free call-back number and a web link. We look forward to updating you and providing answers to your questions. Membership Referendum Closes on June 19 The APA Board of Directors recently approved  R2024-12 Rev 1 , “BOD Term Length and Limits,” which calls for modifying the term length and limits for Domicile Officers in Article VI, Section 4 of the APA Constitution and Bylaws. Per Article XIV of the C box-sizing: border-box;">Under the existing provisions, Domicile Officers serve two-year terms, and are permitted a maximum of four terms totaling eight cumulative years. R2024-12 Rev 1 proposes increasing term length to three years to provide greater continuity of representation, while in turn prospectively decreasing term limits to two consecutive terms for a total of six consecutive years (aligned with term limits for National Officers and National Committee Chairs). With the increase in term length, all term cycles would eventually begin in November of the respective election category year to reduce turnover on the Board of Directors. A  YES vote will increase Domicile Officer term length from two to three years effective with the November 2024 elections and reduce term limits prospectively from four to two consecutive terms, with all terms eventually beginning in November of the respective election category year. A  NO vote will maintain the current term lengths, limits, and term start months. The voting window will close at 1200 Central on June 19. You may access the voting tool via AlliedPilots.org/Vote . “Let Me Check What You Just Checked” APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer talked to Wisconsin Public Radio this week about what turbulence looks like from a pilot’s perspective. “The aircraft are designed in a way to endure turbulence that is beyond your wildest imagination,” he said. “We’ve got a lot more going for us nowadays with technology, but the most critical piece of technology is that seat belt connected to you. If the airplane can handle it, and you’re attached to the airplane, it’s going to be unnerving, but you’re going to come out of it unharmed and maybe just have a story to tell versus a hospital visit.” When the host asked him about wear and tear on older planes, CA Tajer seized the opportunity to highlight APA’s concerns about foreign maintenance stations. “You can’t just fly an airplane for several decades and do a quick check. They do have heavier checks. Those checks are often done offshore,” he said. “It’s another thing we’re fighting for, to bring that back home, do the detailed checks with good oversight – not just delegated review by the Federal Aviation Administration, but the FAA actually being there and saying, ‘Now, let me check what you just checked.’” APA Medical Minute – Testosterone Replacement Therapy In the latest edition of the APA Medical Minute , Medical Advisor Christopher Ryan discusses what to keep in mind if you’re considering testosterone replacement therapy. APA Contract Minute – Expense Reimbursement for Reserves This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with a new edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer discusses provisions governing expense reimbursements for reserve pilots. Watch Your Bags! This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. Recently, a pilot staying at a hotel in Europe walked several feet away from his bags as he approached the check-in desk. He was at the desk for only a minute or two, but that was enough time for someone to grab his bags and run out of the hotel. He lost his personal belongings, his company iPad, and his passport. Please maintain positive control of your bags until you are in your hotel room, as this is not the first time this has happened. We also recommend that you do not leave your bags on a shuttle. Another pilot recently put his bag on a shuttle and then went back inside the hotel to grab a coffee. When he returned to the shuttle, the bag was gone. We hope that you never find yourself in this situation; however, if you do, please file a Hotel Security Debrief so AA can follow up with the hotel or the transportation company. We can ask the hotel to pull the security tapes; however, they are typically not able to identify the person who stole the belongings. Please stay close to your bags, and don’t let your guard down. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since April 24, A321 aircraft 920 has been written up seven times and been out of service six times for a right engine stall message. It was most recently signed off on June 11. Since April 27, A319 aircraft 752 ’s left engine FADEC has been written nine up nine times and been on MEL and out of service four times. At the time of this writing, it remained on MEL. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On June 12, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Craig Augustino, George Bean Jr., Christopher Boylan, Jeffrey Copeland, Richard Goodlett, Edmund Guerrero Jr., Theodore Hasse, Michael Lackovic, James Mackey, Kevin McCunney, Nancy McMath, Beau Nicewanner, James O’Connell, Sean O’Rourke, Paul Rades, Christopher Robb, Erich Roeder, Andrew Taylor, Ian Toogood, Timothy Wadsworth, Joshua Williams, Brandon Witzel, and Joshua Yoder. Congratulations to Newly Upgraded Captains This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We would like to recognize and congratulate the following pilots who upgraded to captain in May. They are listed by their post-upgrade base and equipment. BOS 737: Charles Coppa and Janelle Setta CLT 737: Robert Banks, Erik Breault, Ciro Capasso, Matthew Costa, Eric Darwin, Richard Goodlett, Samuel Heda, David Hegedus Jr., Brandon McIntire, Jacob Muraski, Nathaniel Terry, and Tim Wadsworth CLT 320: Rudy Foskuhl and Robert Martin DCA 737: Nicholas Osburn and Andrea Themely DFW 777: Alex Durr, Michael Galante, Kim Grummitt, and Arno Knapen DFW 787: Jennifer Palmer and Robert Stack DFW 737: Kenneth Bach, Richard Blagg Jr., Jeffrey Copeland, Christopher DeLong, Michael Doyle, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Colin Hendershot, Denver Hill, Andre Leyakatalie, Michael O’Dea, Kareem Omar, Mircea Pamfil, Casey Ronayne, Adam Shepherd, James Spencer, Shad Vinson, and Elisha Walker IV DFW 320: Steven Cates, Korry Hamman, Emmanuel Lindsay, Robert Marsh, Joseph McBrearty, Chad Nedved, Christopher Tredemeyer, Miriam Williams, and Brandon Witzel LAX 737: Jeffrey Caouette, Taylor De Ley, Edmund Guerrero Jr., Brian Horeczko, Vincent Jordan, Antoine Morrison, and Victor Stoeckmann LGA 737: Zachary Balas, Matthew Creed, Michael Redmon Jr., and Natalia Tiunova MIA 777: Christine Rupert MIA 737: Todd Eysenbach, Edward Kelley, Juan Melendez, and Paul Murdock MIA 320: Thomas Pappas ORD 737: Keith Allison, Wayne Bushmaker, Stephen Farlow, Geoffrey Haw, Joseph Lanera, Brian Lietzke, Joseph Miklasz, and Kyle Morris PHL 737: Christopher Humphries PHX 320: Brett Cavitt Gone West This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of these pilots, whose deaths we learned of in April and May: Michael Taylor, 68, on Nov. 11; Roger Price, 86, on Dec. 11; Ralph Soderburg, 82, on Jan. 23; Jim Myrick, 100, on Jan. 25; Al Andersen, 90, on Feb. 13; Bob Block, 87, on Feb. 25; Ron Anders, 87, on March 4; Don Fletcher, 88, on March 7; Harvey Vance, 79, on March 8; Vern Brown, 86, on March 15; Dick Walker, 75, on March 21; George Gaughran, 86, on March 27; Albert “Spike” Nunn, 85, on March 28; Steve Stevenson, 92, on March 28; Don Kreppein, 87, on April 1; Steve Bristow, 75, on April 1; Sidney “King” Graham, 86, on April 4; Jim Michaels, 93, on April 6; Jack Mihalo, 91, on April 12; James Frawley, 67, on April 13; Victor O’Bryan, 88, on April 15; Jim Rizor, 90, on April 16; Gary Hagstrom, 79, on April 17; Bill Randle, 87, on April 17; Mark Mata, 67, on April 18; Roger Misgen, 92, on April 19; Bill Piper, 91, on April 19; Roy Johnson, 74, on April 22; Al Robinson, 92, on April 22; Terry Martin, 86, on April 26; Burke Schlott, 83, on April 26; Bob Cook, 79, on May 2; Bob Harris, 87, on May 2; Darrell “DB” Chandler, 85, on May 4; Mike Pifer, 69, on May 8; Tom Boyd, 80, on May 10; Herb Engh, 91, on May 11; and Bob Fullerton, 79, on May 11. We Remember TWA Flight 847 On June 14, 1985, Hezbollah terrorists hijacked Trans World Airlines Flight 847 after takeoff from Athens, Greece with 139 passengers and eight crewmembers on board. The ensuing hostage crisis lasted for 17 days, with the plane landing twice in Algiers and three times in Beruit. The hijackers tortured and murdered U.S. Navy SEAL Robert Stethem, who was a passenger on Flight 847. We mourn the death of Mr. Stethem and honor TWA Captain John Testrake, First Officer Philip Maresca, Flight Engineer Benjamin Zimmerman, Purser Uli Derickson, and Flight Attendants Judy Cox, Hazel Hesp, Elizabeth Howes, and Helen Sheahan, who put themselves in harm’s way to prevent the hijackers from killing more passengers. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: BOS: Town Hall Meeting with LGA and PHL on July 23 CLT: Retirement Party on Sept. 21 DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 ; Retirement Party on Nov. 9 LAX: Temecula Lunch on June 19 ; San Diego Lunch on July 9 ; Thousand Oaks Lunch on July 10 ; Dana Point Lunch on July 11 ; Temecula Lunch on July 17 LGA: Town Hall Meeting with BOS and PHL on July 23 ; New York Mets game on Sept. 2 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 26 MIA: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Sept. 14 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 ; Town Hall Meeting with BOS and LGA on July 23 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 19 Also, save the date for these upcoming commuter events: AUS: Gathering at Easy Tiger on June 21 BNA: Nashville Soccer Club game on June 22 ATL: Gathering at Atlanta Golf text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank">June 23 Domicile Elections Pilots based at CLT, LGA, and MIA will elect a Chair and Vice Chair to represent each domicile for terms that will begin on Nov. 1. As of 1500 Central today, these pilots were officially seeking nomination: CLT Chair: CA Casey Granger CLT Vice Chair: CA Casey Granger LGA Chair: none LGA Vice Chair: none MIA Chair: none MIA Vice Chair: CA Ken Wells The electronic submission for nomination process will close at 0001 Central on June 28. For more information, visit the Elections page on AlliedPilots.org. Week in Review Here are some recent messages you may have missed. Communications Committee: APA Board of Directors’ Summer Meeting to Begin on July 22 Scheduling Committee: December 2024 Vacancy Bid Scheduling Committee: Attention, August MBE Bidders Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (4) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs How long are terms for committee members? There is no set term. Due to the length of time it takes to train and release a volunteer to handle cases individually, we encourage a minimum one-year commitment. The current volunteer longevity average is seven years; some have been volunteering for more than 25 years. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . Connect with Us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube Contact Us: Phone - 817.302.2272 | Website - AlliedPilots.org
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APA News Digest: June 7, 2024

APA News Digest June 7, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... APA Board of Directors: June 3-4 Special Meeting Highlights, Summer Meeting Set for July APA’s Focus on Professional Development Positive Rate Episode 25: Family Navigation APA Medical Minute – Benefits of a Primary Care Physician Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Deadhead Clarification Flight Time/Duty Time Committee: Be Mindful of Your FDP Limits Family Awareness Committee: Pilot Ensured He Didn’t Miss His Own Party Compass Project Committee: YOUnion 101 on June 12 Hotel Committee: July Bidding Reminders STOP Committee: Flight Attendants to Picket on June 13 Medical Certification Working Group Ad Hoc Committee: Expediting Our Pilots’ Return to Work: How You Can Help Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Domicile Events Domicile Elections Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars APA Board of Directors: June 3-4 Special Meeting Highlights, Summer Meeting Set for July The APA Board of Directors met at union headquarters on June 3-4. Among the actions the Board took during this special meeting: APA’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2025: During discussion of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2025, Secretary-Treasurer FO Pat Clark recounted the motion the Board approved during its spring meeting to allocate funds from the union’s general reserves to the budget. He noted that with the allocation factored in, APA’s reserve balance would remain around the midpoint between the minimum and maximum levels required by policy. Four-Month Member Dues Holiday: The Board approved a motion directing the Secretary-Treasurer to grant the membership a four-month dues holiday “at the soonest possible time in 2024.” DCA Domicile Chair CA Chris Wachter, sponsor of the motion, said that “as fiduciaries, our duty is to use dues money wisely.” He noted the union’s general reserves have grown to a sufficient level to justify returning funds to members, with the dues holiday projected to return at least $15 million. Board Steering Committee Chair FO Jason Gustin characterized it as an example of “doing the members’ work.” Proposed Changes to Domicile Officer Term Length and Limits: The Board approved R2024-12 Rev 1 , “BOD Term Length and Limits,” which calls for modifying the term length and limits for Domicile Officers in Article VI, Section 4 of the APA Constitution and Bylaws. Per Article XIV of the C text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more details and to cast your vote. Preparations for Contract 2027: The Board approved a motion directing the Executive Director, in consultation with the President and Senior Director of Legal Affairs, to begin preparing to supplement existing staff in the Negotiating Department in preparation for Contract 2027. The Negotiating Department expansion is slated to include two additional attorneys, a negotiating coordinator/admin, and an economic and financial analyst. The Line Forums: The Board, National Officers, and APA Legal reviewed the status of The Line and discussed the concerns that resulted in the forum’s recent suspension. The President’s decision to suspend The Line remains in effect, with the Board planning to continue discussing the topic during its summer meeting. The Board will convene its regularly scheduled summer meeting on July 22. The meeting agenda will include a 60-minute Membership however, no individual will be afforded more than 10 minutes, including any questions/ answers by the Board. Members and guests must advise the meeting Chair of their desire to address the Board.” Please email asmith@alliedpilots.org if you wish to address the Board. APA’s Focus on Professional Development CA Clint Early, FO Shay Marchetti, CA Andrea Hoover, and FO Howard Kwon represented APA this week at the Professional Asian Pilots Association Expo in Las Vegas. Ongoing professional development represents a vital element of the APA Strategic Plan and a high priority for your union. APA invests a significant amount of time and effort to ensure the pilots working on the membership’s behalf have the tools they need to be effective. Numerous national committees conduct recurrent training to ensure their members are well versed in current best practices. In particular, the committees and subcommittees charged with handling highly consequential, sensitive situations — including the Professional Standards Committee, the Project Wingman Subcommittee, the Critical Incident Response Program Subcommittee, and the Safety Committee Go Team — undergo regular, rigorous training to ensure their skills stay sharp. The entire APA negotiating team, including the Negotiating Committee and Negotiating Department, receives periodic, in-depth training at Harvard University. Whether a committee focuses on issues with professional or personal implications, or both, we want those volunteers to have what they need to serve you effectively. We’re experiencing a generational shift in our ranks, with a high rate of pilot retirements and a steady influx of new-hire pilots. APA has responded by sharpening its focus on recruiting and mentoring the next generation of pilot leaders, and by expanding its member services. We want to continue fostering great First Officers and Captains! We’re all familiar with the adage about unionism not being a spectator sport. With that in mind, we urge all APA members to consider serving in some capacity during your career as an American Airlines pilot. Each week, the APA News Digest features a link to the Member Engagement Portal and lists all vacancies on national committees and subcommittees. Please review these vacancies to see if there is an opportunity that matches your skills and interests. You may also contact your domicile representatives to explore opportunities to serve at the domicile level. The amount of talent and drive that resides in our pilot group is remarkable. Let’s make the most of it for the good of all concerned with APA and American Airlines. Positive Rate Episode 25: Family Navigation In the latest episode of our “ Positive Rate ” podcast, Communications Committee Deputy Chair FO Melissa Monahan talks with FO Kailey Gonzalez and CA Marc Needham about how the Compass Project Committee’s Family Navigation team helps pilots and their families navigate issues that arise when expecting or adopting and taking family leave. Family Navigation pairs each pilot with a sponsor whose family experience and geographic location align with theirs to help ensure the best match. Each episode of “Positive Rate” features various APA leaders and the subject-matter experts working on the membership’s behalf. The podcast is available through popular streaming services, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – you can search for “Positive Rate” or “Allied Pilots Association” on your platform of choice to subscribe and download. Your first opportunity to listen will be via AlliedPilots.org/Podcasts . We welcome your feedback on this format. If you have a question or a comment, please send it to Communications Director Gregg Overman via goverman@alliedpilots.org . APA Medical Minute – Benefits of a Primary Care Physician In the latest edition of the APA Medical Minute , APA Medical Advisors Manager Marsha Reekie addresses the benefits of having a primary care physician, including referrals to specialists as needed and the ability to identify and address family history-related risks such as diabetes and hypertension. APA Contract Minute – Deadhead Clarification This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with a new edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer discusses the deadhead clarification, which requires the company to build all deadheads within the applicable Table B, Table C, or maximum reserve duty period. Be Mindful of Your FDP Limits This is a new message from the APA Flight Time/Duty Time Committee. With the airline operating at a highly strained capacity, the opportunity for Part 117 regulatory issues is increased. While FOS does an excellent job calculating 117 legalities, like any other system, it is only as good as the information it receives for calculation. One area where there is room for error is when the first segment of an FDP is delayed or amended. Once the 10-hour 117.25(e) rest period has commenced (the 10 hours immediately preceding sign-in), this time cannot be changed. TThe FDP must start as planned – even if for only one minute of duty, to indicate a break in the rest period – while having contact with the certificate holder for the purpose of revising the FDP. This will require a manual entry by Crew Scheduling/Crew Tracking indicating a “S/I” time that may be well before the 30 or 60 minutes prior to your revised first segment. This data entry is important because it will cause FOS to “start the clock” on your Table B/C calculation, thus reflecting the proper limits on your FDP. Failure to do so will cause FOS to begin those calculations at 30/60 minutes prior to the first segment rather than at the original start time, likely resulting in an incorrect reference point when calculating FDP limits. We’d also like to use this opportunity to remind our pilots of our responsibilities regarding the REMAIN column of the HI117 document. The HI117 is your best reference for all 117 legalities and can be a useful tool if being “pushed” by the station to try and make your MOT. Remember that FOM 4f.3.1 prohibits departing the gate if any row of the REMAIN column has a negative value. If approaching your MOT, it is helpful to consult your HI117 to ensure you remain FOM-compliant by not establishing an OUT time once any negative REMAIN value is indicated. Please contact your APA Flight Time/Duty Time Committee at FTDT-help@alliedpilots.org if we can be of further assistance. Pilot Ensured He Didn’t Miss His Own Party This is a new message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Kent Krizman and his family Fini Flight is an APA program designed to honor our retiring members. If a pilot chooses to participate, we meet them at the gate after (or sometimes before) their final flight as an American Airlines pilot. We include friends and family, play some music, bring a cake, and make their last flight memorable! CA Kent Krizman was honored on May 3 before Flight 285 left LAX for LIH. He was accompanied by his wife, Marisa, and their sons, Ashton and Raphael. But things didn’t go exactly as planned. The Krizmans were supposed to commute from SFO to LAX on an AA flight that was delayed. To ensure that he didn’t miss his final trip, CA Krizman borrowed a friend’s Cessna Citation and flew his family to LAX in that aircraft. You can see more photos from Fini Flight celebrations in May on APA’s Facebook page . For more information on how to get involved, as an honoree or as a volunteer, email finiflight@alliedpilots.org . YOUnion 101 on June 12 This is a repeat message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project and APA Vice President CA Chris Torres will host a “YOUnion 101” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on June 12. YOUnion 101 is intended to be a “top off” for new hires, to explain the many services APA offers as well as opportunities to become involved in the union. It is designed for new pilots, but it includes information that benefits all members. 1100 Central on Wednesday, June 12 What you and your family should expect from the APA How you can engage and volunteer with the APA Click here to register for the June 12 meeting . July Bidding Reminders This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. As a reminder, all CDG layovers will be at the airport from July 7 through Sept. 8. Please bid appropriately.  Hotels in the bid packages are not necessarily accurate, as the bid packages are published ahead of the hotel allocations. Your Hotel Committee recommends not bidding solely based on a hotel in the package.  If you were awarded or assigned a TDY for the month of July, you have until 1200 Central on June 13 to tell the company whether you would like a long or short company-assigned hotel room or if you would like to choose the “TDY Hotel Waiver,” which will pay you $2,000 in lieu of a hotel room. You should have received a CCI message today with a link to make your selection. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Flight Attendants to Picket on June 13 This is a repeat message from the APA Strike and Tactical Operations Planning Committee. Members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants will participate in a Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action on June 13 at more than 30 airports. If your schedule allows, please stand with our flight attendants on that day. Expediting Our Pilots’ Return to Work: How You Can Help The APA Medical Certification Working Group Ad Hoc Committee sent the following message to all members on Thursday. APA President CA Ed Sicher established the Medical Certification Working Group (MCWG) Ad Hoc Committee in November 2023. CA Greg Price is the committee’s chair, and CA Bill Evans, CA Andre Haith, and CA Michael Phelan are the other members. The committee’s primary mission is to advise and assist the APA Government Affairs Committee with the following: Identifying the issues within the FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) that cause unnecessary delay and uncertainty for our pilots who have been denied or deferred their First-Class Medical Certificate. Developing, sponsoring, and supporting the passage of legislation and appropriate regulations to facilitate change at AAM and expedite the return-to-work process. The primary issues are a lack of timeliness and transparency within the AAM’s medical certification deferral and denial process. All too often, APA pilots wait six months or longer to receive a decision, and some have waited decades. Obviously, this represents a tremendous financial and emotional burden for affected pilots, and it also creates a reluctance among active pilots to seek medical care, given the difficulties involved in regaining a First-Class Medical Certificate. During the past year, we have seen progress in raising awareness of these issues, and the 2024 FAA Reauthorization Bill includes two sections (sec 411 and 413) that address some of the problems within the medical certification process. That noted, meaningful change will take time. MCWG is committed to ensuring our pilots can be confident they will receive fair treatment when they encounter a medical condition impacting their First-Class Medical Certificate. In support of these efforts, MCWG is asking pilots to provide a summary of the issues they have experienced with the FAA while seeking to regain their First-Class Medical Certificate. Please send your testimonials, or any questions you may have, to MCWG@alliedpilots.org . Thank you for supporting our efforts to expedite our pilots’ return to work. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since May 13, A321 aircraft 542 has been written up five times and been out of service four times for nose landing gear not up and locked. Under a special flight permit, a line crew recently flew it with gear down to a maintenance base for repairs. It was most recently signed off on June 7. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on June 4: Ioannis Adamis, Donald Apelo, Alexander Baker, Derrick Block, Andrew Boyd, Sean Claggett, Lucas Coston, Andrew Crispin, Gregory Curtis, George Davis III, Daniel De Souza, Logan Dibiasio, Adam Ediger, Mark Ellis, Benjamin Ernst, Garrison Erwin, Ariel Gonzalez, Justin Grieve, David Gross, Victor Javaux, Patrick Lussier, Jesse McAninch, Kelly McGowan, Michael Milas, Anthony Monaro, Bryan Newbold, Luis Nino, John Nygard, Jacob O’Donnell, Ryan Olish, Justin Paige, Kyle Parker, Lajos Pelikan Jr., Mark Ramos, John Reichert IV, Erik Rheinhart, Kyle Schneider, Hashim Shawa, Jeremy Simmons, Ellis Taylor, Christopher Vander Zanden, Joshua Vincent, Daniel Volk, Gerald Weaver, and Michael Wiedl. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On June 5, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Jon Bepko, Carlos Castro, Rebecca Conger, Taylor De Ley, Christopher DeLong, Michael Galante, Edgar Galvis, Kim Grummitt, Paul Herriott, Denver Hill, Harold Johny, Christopher Liddle, Robert Martin, Jay Coleman O’Donnell, Michael Pauken, Christopher Ramirez, James Spencer, Paul Van Rosmalen, Steven Webb, Kevin Wehrer, and Adam Welch. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: CLT: Retirement Party on Sept. 21 DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 ; Retirement Party on Nov. 9 LAX: San Diego lunch on June 11 ; Thousand Oaks lunch on June 12 ; Dana Point lunch on June 13 ; Temecula Lunch on June 19 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 26 MIA: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Sept. 14 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 19 Also, save the date for these upcoming commuter events: AUS: Gathering at Easy Tiger on June 21 BNA: Nashville Soccer Club game on June 22 ATL: Gathering at Atlanta Golf text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank">June 23 Domicile Elections Pilots based at CLT, LGA, and MIA will elect a Chair and Vice Chair to represent each domicile for terms that will begin on Nov. 1. The electronic submission for nomination process opened at 0001 Central today, and it will close at 0001 Central on June 28. For more information, visit the Elections page on AlliedPilots.org. Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (4) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Can a previous, resolved submission to Professional Standards be referenced in a future action? No. A resolved issue cannot be used to support other disciplinary actions. An agreement exists with management that Professional Standards referrals are never part of an employee’s permanent record. Professional Standards volunteers will never be asked to relate any case information in the employee discipline process. Confidentiality rules apply to management also. Once an issue is released to the Professional Standards program, it is as if management “forgets” the issue ever occurred. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. 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APA News Digest: May 31, 2024

APA News Digest May 31, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... AA Cuts Profit Forecast, Announces Executive Departure APA Medical Minute – Cardiac Calcium Score Testing Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Overrides Compass Project Committee: Use Papyrus as You Navigate Summer Chaos Compass Project Committee: YOUnion 101 on June 12 Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee: Accident/Incident Hotline Enhanced Via Texts Family Awareness Committee: Make Plans to Join Us at Oshkosh Hotel Committee: TDY Hotel Accommodations STOP Committee: Flight Attendants to Picket on June 13 Government Affairs Committee: Do You Back the PAC? Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Membership Committee: Retirements in March and April Former APA Vice President Retires APA Board of Directors to Convene for Special Meeting on June 3-4 APA Board of Directors’ Summer Meeting to Begin on July 22 Domicile Events Domicile Elections Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars AA Cuts Profit Forecast, Announces Executive Departure On Tuesday, American Airlines cut its second-quarter profit forecast and also announced that Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja will leave the company in June. Stephen Johnson, vice chair and chief strategy officer, will assume Mr. Raja’s responsibilities and assist with the search for a new chief commercial officer. The airline’s revised revenue guidance contrasted with projections of record summer travel demand, with the TSA screening 2.95 million airline passengers on May 24 – the highest number ever for a single day. “American’s trailing results are more than just a failed strategy to sell corporate tickets,” Communications Committee member CA Dennis Tajer said in a Forbes interview. “United and Delta have better long-haul international strategies. Vasu wanted a domestic and short-haul international airline and said our partners can take you long-haul. That’s not working.” Wall Street responded by driving the stock down 13.5% by the close of trading on Wednesday, while analysts weighed in on the news: J.P. Morgan: “Whatever reason lies behind the departure of American’s corporate architect, we’re increasingly interested as to whether any accompany[ing] strategic pivots may be forthcoming.” Deutsche Bank: “Over the past several years, American has made some changes to its commercial strategy that many have viewed as aggressive (e.g., removing a sizeable portion of inventory from legacy distribution channels, making significant cuts to its corporate salesforce, and eliminating several corporate and agency programs/perks, among other actions) with the intent of achieving a higher percentage of direct bookings (lowest cost of distribution) and enhancing its direct relationships with its travelers.” Jefferies: “It is clearer now (and in short order) that the strategy has not gone as planned.” Bank of America: “The guidance cut seems to be a combination of both higher domestic competition (competitor fare sales and higher capacity) as well as a loss of corporate share given a de-emphasis post-pandemic.” United Airlines quickly responded to American’s announcement by reaffirming its second-quarter earnings forecast. APA Medical Minute – Cardiac Calcium Score Testing In the second edition of our new APA Medical Minute video series, APA Medical Advisor Kathy Parr addresses the benefits of cardiac calcium score testing, characterizing the procedure as “ a quick, inexpensive way to detect coronary artery disease.” APA Contract Minute – Overrides This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with a new edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer details the changes and additions to overrides in our contract. Use Papyrus as You Navigate Summer Chaos This is a new message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The summer season has already brought inclement weather, delays, and cancellations, and a plethora of other challenges are likely on the horizon. We need to be ready to face these challenges. There is a very useful tool that can be used to find all the information you need to navigate irregular operations, schedule changes, hotel issues, reassignments, and RO, among many other things. This tool is Papyrus. From your mobile device, access Papyrus through the APA Pilot app. Type a few keywords into the search box, and documents containing those keywords will be at your fingertips. With the integrated auto-synchronization, Papyrus ensures that you always have the most up-to-date documents. Best of all, all Papyrus content is available offline! We encourage you to take advantage of this great asset. If you would like to learn more about the different resources available to you, visit the Compass Project page on AlliedPilots.org. Please contact our volunteers via email compassproject@alliedpilots.org or call 817-302-2401 with any questions you may have. The APA Compass Project is an industry-leading pilot mentoring and support program. Compass offers one-on-one support from experienced line-pilot sponsors, as well as tutorial videos and an extensive database of stage-based documents covering a number of helpful topics that are beneficial to all pilots.  Click here for more information . YOUnion 101 on June 12 This is a new message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project and APA Vice President CA Chris Torres will host a “YOUnion 101” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on June 12. YOUnion 101 is intended to be a “top off” for new hires, to explain the many services APA offers as well as opportunities to become involved in the union. It is designed for new pilots, but it includes information that benefits all members. 1100 Central on Wednesday, June 12 What you and your family should expect from the APA How you can engage and volunteer with the APA Click here to register for the June 12 meeting . Accident/Incident Hotline Enhanced Via Texts This is a new message from the APA Aeromedical Committee’s Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee. The smoke/odor/fumes extension for APA’s Accident/Incident Hotline has been updated with an automated text reply. The hotline is staffed by volunteers from the Aeromedical Committee, its Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee, and the Safety Committee. These pilots will help guide you through multiple steps for your health and well-being, your crew and passengers’ well-being, the airline’s reporting requirements, and other potential actions relevant to your specific smoke/odor/fumes event. Meanwhile, the automated text reply will send multiple messages to the calling number. These messages include hyperlinks for relevant checklists such as the smoke/odor/fumes medical protocols and the engine run checklist. The volunteer who answered your hotline call is listed, as are relevant union programs such as ASAP and CERS. This will provide quick access to resources you may need while working through a smoke/odor/fumes event. APA’s Accident/Incident Hotline can be reached at 817-302-2154 or 800-323-1470; you should select Option 2 during a smoke/odor/fumes event. For more detailed information on smoke/odor/fumes, please visit the Pilot Occupational Health page on AlliedPilots.org. Make Plans to Join Us at Oshkosh This is a new message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Gail Jones was honored with a Fini Flight celebration on May 24. One of our signature annual events, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh , is coming up on July 22-28. Please keep those dates in mind as you bid for your July schedule. Our hospitality area will offer multiple opportunities to enjoy a meal with your fellow pilots, including union leadership. One of the most familiar faces at Oshkosh over the years has been longtime APA volunteer CA Gail Jones, who operated her last flight as an American Airlines pilot last week. FO Shay Marchetti of the Communications Committee authored a tribute to the pilot affectionately known as “Mama G.” Click here to read about CA Jones’ service to APA . TDY Hotel Accommodations This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. TDY bidding will open next week. All pilots who are awarded or assigned a TDY will receive a CCI message on the 7th of the month to notify them of the TDY for the following month. This CCI message will include a link to the “Pilot Hotel Preference and Waiver Page” where pilots can preference their hotel option. Pilots can select “Airport/Short,” “Downtown/Long,” or “TDY Hotel Waiver,” which pays the TDY pilot $2,000 in lieu of a company-provided hotel room. This selection needs to be completed by 1200 Central on the 13th of the month prior to the TDY. AA is not able to wait until after PBS awards are published to make hotel assignments because allocations need to be accomplished prior to that point. If a pilot is awarded a TDY in a co-terminal location (i.e., JFK, LGA, EWR) the Flight Admin team will attempt to reach out to the pilot after the 18th to determine the most suitable option. APA’s PBS 3XP is a great tool to determine what kind of line or reserve schedule your seniority can hold in a particular bid status and can help you determine which hotel option is the best choice for you. If you bid for a TDY or are junior in a bid status with TDYs being offered, watch for a TDY assignment notification message in CCI on the 7th so you can properly preference for a hotel. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Flight Attendants to Picket on June 13 This is a new message from the APA Strike and Tactical Operations Planning Committee. The members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants will participate in a Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action on June 13 at more than 30 airports. If your schedule allows, please stand with our flight attendants on that day. Do You Back the PAC? This is an updated message from the APA Government Affairs Committee. Your Government Affairs Committee maintains a constant presence in Washington, D.C., so we can talk to members of Congress about our legislative priorities . We are able to have direct access to members of Congress thanks to your voluntary contributions to the APA Political Action Committee. Last month, 6,140 pilots contributed to the APA PAC . That number represented 38.5 percent of APA’s active members. Click the image below for a closer look at each domicile’s PAC contribution rates in February, March, and April. Our Political Action Committee would be extremely well-funded if every APA member contributed as if his or her career depended on it – because it does. Click here to back the PAC . Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since April 17, B737 aircraft 3BK has been written up seven times for the right engine thrust reverser and has been out of service three times. At the time of this writing, it remained on MEL. Since May 3, B737 aircraft 3FB has been written up six times for anti-skid, has been on MEL twice, and has been out of service four times. It was most recently signed off on May 26. Since May 5, B737 aircraft 3AL has been written up seven times for an airspeed disagree and has been out of service five times. It was most recently signed off on May 26. Since May 16, A321 aircraft 903 has been written up seven times for right engine bleed air and has been out of service five times. It was most recently signed off on May 26. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on May 28: Jeremy Ackerman, Marco Antolini, Preston Bolan, Brad Boudreaux, William Burns, Aneesh Chegudi John, Marina Chesnokova, Jacob Coffey, Kevin Cronau, Luke Cvancara, Guilherme Dannemann, Joel De Gainza, Nicholas Emery, David Fechtel Jr., Lionel Fernandez Rodriguez, Bradley Field, Carlos Gallo, Patrick Geiger, Kyle Gentry, James Hunt, Javier Idarraga Zuluaga, Ian Johansen, Ryan Johnson, Andrew Johnson, David Kee Jr., Wesley Krahn, Taras Kuleba, Zachary McDowell, John Moran, Felipe Morejon, Matthew Naegele, Phillip Oppenheim, Oscar Patin, Curtis Patterson, Christopher Puckett, Martin Rechberger, Andrew Reuther, Jay Ryan Robinson, Dereck Rogers, Clive Rudd Fernandez, Duncan Sanders, Karl Savacool, Michael Schreiner, Justin Spears, Juan Tamariz, Tanner Thomas, and Daniel Yates. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On May 29, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Bobby Bayani, Michael Catherman, Jonathan Coker, Jose Davila Jr., Ricardo De Magalhaes Valmorbida, Arsh Dhillon, Edgar Galvis, Steven Hatcher, Kristoffer Heimberger, Ryan Kassik, Matthew Laakso, Shawn Lewis, Alfred Maldonado, Kevin Marshall, Eric Metcalf, Brandon Mongan, Marcos Nicolaidis, Tyler Olson, Pablo Paucar, Alfonso Restrepo, Oscar Roque, Austin Van Hise, Nitin Verma, and Austin Wood. Retirements in March and April This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We would like to recognize and congratulate these pilots who retired in March and April. BOS: CA Robert Blake, CA Theodore Cutler, CA Michael Kastrinelis, FO James Myers, CA James O’Loughlin, and CA James Pavlik CLT: CA Dennis Anderson, FO Kenneth Bonnell, FO Mark Brown, CA Bryan Cranford, CA Garry Foster, CA Stephen Gallant, CA Bryan Ison, CA Glenn Lebby, CA Mike Loy, CA Thomas McGuirk, CA Paul Myers, CA Raymond Myles, CA Robert Reifschneider, CA Jeffrey Reisenfeld, CA Eric Rodin, CA Hans Scott, and CA Janet Zweber DCA: CA Peter Bouck, CA John Fox, CA Kenneth Pollock, and CA Timothy Robbins DFW: CA Patricia Andrews, CA Dana Avery, CA Matthew Baker, FO William Binger, CA Thomas Blake, FO Marc Borkowski, FO Brian Brown, CA Kevin Buckrucker, FO Philip Chesworth, CA John Coleman, CA Mark Cook, CA Mark Curtiss, CA Jay Darling, CA Andrew Engelke, CA Steve George, CA William Harris, CA John Johnson, CA Jon Kelk, CA Kevin Little, FO Martin Mack, CA John Middleton, FO Mark Nasworthy, FO Robert Paulson, FO Mark Pugnale, FO Marc Russick, CA Kevin Sawchuk, FO Raymond Scott, CA Richard Thompson, and CA Susan Twitchell LAX: CA Mark Clark, CA Curtis Fairchild, CA Steven Johnson, CA David Kelsberg, CA Keith Kunert, CA Erik Nielsen, CA Richard Norris, FO Lee Olivas, CA Robert Saylor, and CA Gary Taylor LGA: CA Gerard Biasi, FO Steven Bort, CA Dana Darby, CA Andy Doyle, CA John Gorton, FO Peter Griffin, CA Ed Jasiewicz, CA Robert Johnson, FO Richard Joslyn, CA Dale Lind, CA Henry Riess, CA Tor Salbu, CA John Shegda, CA Karl Tower, CA Jonathan Towner, and CA Derek Williamson MIA: CA Jose Blanco, CA Kevin Burns, CA Jay Cary, CA Norbert Cedler, FO Craig Czajka, CA Dennis Dobkin, CA Larry Edwards, FO Alexander Escola, CA George Gillespie, FO Andre Guillemot, CA Terence Higdon, CA Nicolas Jones, CA Kimberly Kenny, CA Bruce Leiseth, CA Rick Mattson, CA Brian Mueller, FO Timothy Popiel, FO David Purtle, CA Leonard Robinson, CA Brian Teigen, CA Glen Thompson, and CA Edward Youngling ORD: CA William Abbey, FO Dale Banghart, FO Raymond Blust, CA John Fitzgerald, FO David Gilbert, FO Peter Kent, CA Frederick Krupp, FO Brent McGregor, CA Marlyn Moen, CA Greg O’Brien, CA Mark Orbell, CA John Roser, CA James Sisson, FO Paul Strickland, and CA Frank Treece PHL: CA Don Day, FO Daniel Holmes, CA David Kinney, CA Lavern Meyer, CA Philip Reinford, and FO Paul Schneider PHX: CA Steven Doss, FO Neil Gundelach, CA Anthony Holden, CA Merle Ledbetter, and CA Steven Stienstra Former APA Vice President Retires Former APA Vice President CA Patrick “Herman” O’Rourke flew as an American Airlines pilot for the final time this week. His family gathered at DFW on Sunday for a Fini Flight celebration after Flight 1521 arrived from STS. Before serving as vice president from 2019 to 2022, CA O’Rourke was a two-time member of the Negotiating Committee. He also served on the Communications Committee between his two stints as a negotiator. APA Board of Directors to Convene for Special Meeting on June 3-4 The APA Board of Directors will convene at union headquarters for a special meeting on June 3-4. You may view the meeting agenda here . APA Board of Directors’ Summer Meeting to Begin on July 22 The APA Board of Directors will convene at union headquarters in Fort Worth for its regularly scheduled summer meeting on July 22. The meeting agenda will include a 60-minute Membership however, no individual will be afforded more than 10 minutes, including any questions/ answers by the Board. Members and guests must advise the meeting Chair of their desire to address the Board.” Please email asmith@alliedpilots.org if you wish to address the Board. Domicile Events ORD-based American and United pilots and their families gathered at Galt Airport in Illinois last Saturday for an annual pancake breakfast. Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: CLT: Retirement Party on Sept. 21 DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 ; Retirement Party on Nov. 9 LAX: San Diego lunch on June 11 ; Thousand Oaks lunch on June 12 ; Dana Point lunch on June 13 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 26 MIA: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Sept. 14 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 19 Also, save the date for these upcoming commuter events, details to follow soon: AUS: June 21 at 1800 Central BNA: June 22 at 1930 Central ATL: June 23 at 1400 Eastern Domicile Elections Pilots based at CLT, LGA, and MIA will elect a Chair and Vice Chair to represent each domicile for two-year terms that will begin on Nov. 1. The electronic submission for nomination process will open at 0001 Central on June 7, and it will close at 0001 Central on June 28. For more information, visit the Elections page on AlliedPilots.org. Week in Review Here are some recent messages you may have missed. Communications Committee: Extended Wait Times for APA Contract Administration Joint Implementation Action Committee: Market Based Cash Balance Plan Update – Plan Design President: Resumption of Service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) on May 30 President: Memorial Day 2024 Secretary-Treasurer: APA Agency Fee Policy for Fiscal 2025 Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (4) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Since the program is voluntary, can a person choose not to participate? The Professional Standards program is completely voluntary. If you are approached by a committee volunteer, it is your choice whether to participate. However, please remember the choice to not participate may lead to the company resolving the issue at their sole discretion. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . Connect with Us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube Contact Us: Phone - 817.302.2272 | Website - AlliedPilots.org
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Resumption of Service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) on May 30

Resumption of Service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) on May 30 APA Pilots, I chose to fly the first flight (AA819) back to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) today after a long hiatus due to civil unrest. My objectives were to observe firsthand what our crews can expect to encounter, verify that the security protocols and precautions in place are sufficient, and gauge whether it is reasonably safe. I would never condone flying to a location unless I’m personally comfortable doing so. PAP reopened to commercial air traffic on May 17, with Haitian national carrier Sunrise Airways operating since May 20 without incident. U.S. authorities have also operated more than 50 charter and cargo flights into and out of PAP during the past three weeks, also without incident. Still, I didn’t consider those facts alone to be adequate assurance that a U.S. flag-carrying airline can operate safely there. American Airlines Corporate Security – in concert with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. military – has enacted a series of security measures in preparation for the resumption of service. Crews flying to Haiti will likely notice a heightened security presence at the airport, including new guard towers along the northern perimeter wall, the presence of the U.S. military on the eastern side of the field (which continues operating several C-17 flights daily in and out of PAP), and the destruction of many squatter houses along the northern perimeter where gangs had taken up residence. U.S. security forces are aiding the Haitian National Police to secure the perimeter and ensure the roads between Port-au-Prince and the airport are safe. Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has a Regional Security Office located near the airport and has expedited the deployment of the United Nations-authorized Multinational Security Support mission, which is located on the east side of the airfield. Many of the personnel are former U.S. Special Operations Forces members. I personally worked with some of these same individuals when I served in the military and participated in counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and consider them much more trustworthy than the Haitian National Police. I have emphasized that we must collectively do everything in our power to avoid stranding crews in Haiti. American Airlines has established contingency plans addressing maintenance issues, OAL transport, rescue flights, and as a last resort, secure transportation in armored vehicles to secure lodging where the U.S. military and UN forces stay. American Airlines Corporate Security has involved APA in the decision to resume PAP service and has taken what I consider to be responsible precautions to safeguard our crews. However, please remember that the situation in Haiti remains volatile and can change rapidly. I cannot overstate the need for constant vigilance. For those of you who will be operating MIA-PAP-MIA in the coming days and weeks – and I plan to return there soon – stay focused and alert. If it doesn’t appear safe, it probably isn’t! APA will continue to monitor the situation daily and inform you if conditions deteriorate. Your union always places your safety first . As your APA National Officers and Board of Directors have demonstrated many times in the past, when we deem a destination to be unsuitable for safe and secure operations, we won’t hesitate to recommend halting operations. We have demonstrated this in locations such as China, Venezuela, and most recently Israel, when we directed our pilots to decline the assignment due to my concerns with regional security. Please continue to fly safe and thank you for your continued professionalism and feedback. In Unity, CA Ed Sicher President Allied Pilots Association
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APA News Digest: May 24, 2024

APA News Digest May 24, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... APA Responds to Management’s Violation of 19.C.1 Positive Rate Episode 24: Professional Standards Committee APA Medical Minute – VA Disability Benefits Meet Dr. Ed Miles, APA Pilot Assistance Manager Wolfe Research Hosts APA President at Conference Project Wingman Subcommittee: Project Wingman – Here For You Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee: Jumpseat/Deadhead/Non-Revenue Travel Debrief: One Form, Three Purposes Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Sit Time Hotel Committee: Relocations for CDG Olympic Games Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class APA Holiday Schedule Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars APA Responds to Management’s Violation of 19.C.1 On Wednesday, American Airlines management issued new guidance for weight-restricted flights allowing a Captain to coordinate with dispatch to consider taxi fuel burn in order to accommodate cabin jumpseat occupants as well as flight deck jumpseat occupants. In a membership update issued shortly thereafter, your APA leadership emphasized that this guidance is not compliant with Section 19.C.1 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement, advising Captains to continue to follow the language in Section 19.C.1 to accommodate a flight deck jumnpseat occupant on a weight-restricted flight. In its follow-up message , the APA Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee providing this new checklist for Captains with a weight-restricted TPS: Upon initial check-in, advise  gate agent to ensure all jumpseat eligible pilots are listed and checked in for the flight. Advise  dispatch , “I am able to accommodate Flight Deck Jumpseat occupant(s).” Advise  gate agent , either in person or using jetbridge phone, how many jumpseaters may be accommodated as soon as possible during the boarding process, and to board them at 15 minutes prior to departure. Inform gate agents that you cannot arrange to burn taxi fuel to accommodate any cabin jumpseat occupants.  In no case should a cabin jumpseat occupant be accommodated by 19.C.1 provisions or procedures . If the adjustment to the weight restriction is used to issue “X” (cabin jumpseat) instead of all “W” (flight deck jumpseat, including FDJ AA, FDJ AE and D6UJ) occupants, APA directs Captains to advise  dispatch and  gate agent , “I am not able to accommodate cabin jumpseaters using the applicable taxi fuel provisions. These contractual provisions only apply to accommodation of flight deck jumpseaters. I am able to accommodate the flight deck jumpseater(s).” As with all flights, whenever possible at D-20, “take the walk” to ensure any jumpseaters will be accommodated. Priority for flight deck jumpseat occupants will be per FOM table 3s.5, and D1W/D2W, in JRS list order, will be accommodated before FDJ AA D1/D2, FDJ AE (after all FDJ AA) and OAL CASS approved D6, who will be accommodated in priority list order. APA President CA Ed Sicher promptly filed a Presidential Grievance and in a subsequent message to the membership , he advised Captains to “remember you are in control of your jets. Wheels don’t turn until you say so, and jumpseaters don’t board unless you permit them. Don’t mission-hack or let your desire to keep the operation moving allow management to chip away at our hard-fought gains. We have a contract. We can only demand that management honor that contract if we stand firm in honoring it as well. Showing unity and resolve towards this blatant disregard for our contract will ensure it doesn’t happen again.” Positive Rate Episode 24: Professional Standards Committee In the latest episode of our “ Positive Rate ” podcast, Communications Committee Deputy Chair FO Melissa Monahan talks with CA Pat McGinn, who chairs the Professional Standards Committee. CA McGinn details how his committee promotes the highest levels of professionalism, undertakes conflict resolution with every organized work group our pilots interact with while performing their duties, and what to expect when you contact Professional Standards. Each episode of “Positive Rate” features various APA leaders and the subject-matter experts working on the membership’s behalf. The podcast is available through popular streaming services, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – you can search for “Positive Rate” or “Allied Pilots Association” on your platform of choice to subscribe and download. Your first opportunity to listen will be via AlliedPilots.org/Podcasts . We welcome your feedback on this format. If you have a question or a comment, please send it to Communications Director Gregg Overman via goverman@alliedpilots.org . APA Medical Minute – VA Disability Benefits In the first edition of our new APA Medical Minute video series, APA Medical Advisor Tina Smith discusses VA disability benefits. If you have any awards that raise concerns, Ms. Smith encourages you to contact the Medical Advisors so they can guide you appropriately based on your individual situation. Meet Dr. Ed Miles, APA Pilot Assistance Manager May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so it’s a good opportunity to remind APA members that we provide direct, 24/7 access to our very own on-staff mental health professional, Dr. Ed Miles . Wolfe Research Hosts APA President at Conference APA President CA Ed Sicher had another opportunity to speak to investors this week during Wolfe Research’s annual Global Transportation box-sizing: border-box;">In response to analysts’ questions regarding American’s industry-trailing margins, along with management’s latest network plan to bolster domestic and short-haul international flying while leaving long-haul international growth to Delta and United, CA Sicher had this to say: “Like investors, we’re not impressed.” Project Wingman – Here For You This is a new message from the APA Aeromedical Committee’s Project Wingman Subcommittee. Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportune time to showcase Project Wingman and its support team of more than 50 volunteers. Click here to learn about the inner workings of Project Wingman and review answers to some of the commonly asked questions about what they do. Jumpseat/Deadhead/Non-Revenue Travel Debrief: One Form, Three Purposes This is a new message from the APA Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee. In an ongoing effort to increase efficiency, we’re consolidating the jumpseat and deadhead debriefs into a single form and incorporating a non-revenue travel option. To submit a debrief, simply select “Debrief” in the APA Pilot app or “File a Report/Debrief” on AlliedPilots.org and follow the usual procedure. With our updated format, you can now attach files such as screenshots and photos to aid in issue diagnosis and resolution. Your debriefs are invaluable in our mission to enhance the jumpseat, deadhead, and non-revenue travel experience. Thank you for your continued support and feedback. APA Contract Minute – Sit Time This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with a new edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer details the sit time provision in our contract. Relocations for CDG Olympic Games This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. Last year, American Airlines began to work on relocation plans in Paris due to this year’s Summer Olympics. The CDG station and transportation company estimated that drive times in and out of the city will be around three hours due to the sheer number of visitors, the associated traffic, and the fact that the city will reserve a lane for Olympic support vehicles. Due to the excessive drive times, the decision was made to keep crews at airport properties for much of the summer. To secure rooms, management and unions conducted site reviews in March of 2023 to determine suitable options. American contracted with three airport properties for the relocation: Marriot, Hilton, and Sheraton. Originally, the relocation time was set at two and a half months due to both the Olympic Games and the ensuing Paralympic Games. After discussion, management agreed to reduce the relocation dates to July 7 through Sept. 8. Please take this into consideration as you bid for July, August, and September. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since April 25, B737 aircraft 3PT has been written up and out of service seven times and has been on MEL three times for cabin pressurization fluctuations. At the time of this writing, it remained out of service. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on May 21: Jonathan Amundsen, Michael Campbell, Adam Chamberlin, Lucas Chowning, Justin Clement, Christopher Corbeille, Kyle DeFeo, Alberto Dias De Oliveira, Blake Dorcey, Robert Dunnavant, Ryan Foley, Diego Galan Giraldo, Michael Gilmore, David Goodhue, Ryan Hagen, Austin Hartz, Christopher Hobson, Terry Hoffman, Faisal Husein, Jeremy Kim, Christopher Kiraly, Joel Kraus, Loren LeGrand, Scott Loid, Nolan Lynn, Justin Allen Macedo, Zachary Massey, Judy Maxwell, Ryan McAvinue, James McClung, John McGarry, Matthew McKinlay, William Murphy, Zachary Niederer, Joshua Park, Andrew Quiel, Thomas Rose Jr., Corey Smith, Blake Tutewohl, Nicholas Valdiri, Steven Wilson, and Chaldon Wooge. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On May 22, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Willie Carter, Todd Christensen, Kristopher D’Erasmo, Todd Ellis, Alexis Erochenko Rey, Ryan Falconer, Derek Felton, Kevin Griffin Jr., William Hoagland, John Kehlenbeck, Benjamin Kumpf, Kevin Laster, Daniel Lovelace, Jason Lower, Aaron Martinelli, John McHugh, Zachary Moore, Jason Osgood, Shaun Permann, Casie Ross, Robert Slatton, David Srnka, James Wasef, and Matthew Wise. APA Holiday Schedule APA headquarters, including Contract Administration, will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Contract Administration will be open from 0700 to 1900 Central on Saturday and Sunday. As always, your APA support team remains available 24/7. When Contract Administration is closed, calls will be forwarded to a phone service operated by Contract Compliance Committee and Flight Time/Duty Time Committee volunteers. Please note that call-back times may be longer than normal due to limited staffing. If your call is not urgent, we encourage you to wait until normal business hours resume. You may also want to consult the pilot volunteers on your domicile’s Contract Compliance Committee. Almost every domicile has one, and some of them have larger rosters than the national committee. Contact your local committee by visiting your domicile’s page on AlliedPilots.org and clicking the “Domicile Committee List” link. To reach a contract administrator, call APA HQ at 1-800-323-1470 and press Option 3. If you prefer to e-mail your question to the contract administrators, click here . For specific FAR 117/fatigue issues requiring immediate attention, you can also call the Emergency Help Line at 682-738-6670 manned 24/7 by Flight Time/Duty Time Committee volunteers. Domicile Events LGA pilots and their guests gathered at Refinery Rooftop in Manhattan on Saturday. Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 ; Retirement Party on Nov. 9 LAX: San Diego lunch on June 11 ; Thousand Oaks lunch on June 12 ; Dana Point lunch on June 13 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 26 MIA: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Sept. 14 ORD: Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 19 Also, save the date for these upcoming commuter events, details to follow soon: AUS: June 21 at 1800 Central BNA: June 22 at 1930 Central ATL: June 23 at 1400 Eastern Week in Review Here are some recent messages you may have missed.s Captain’s Authority Committee: Reminder: Special Qualification Airports Joint Leadership: New Company Guidance Regarding Weight-Restricted Flights Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee: Recommended Guidance on Attempted Modifications to 19.C.1 President: Section 19.C.1: We Have a Contract Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (2) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Professional Standards Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (6) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs What issues are not appropriate for Professional Standards? Professional Standards will not normally address CBA disagreements, substance/alcohol abuse, and any immediate threat to safety of flight. The program is not designed to address issues related to security violations; legal, medical, or criminal issues; or gross negligence. Professional Standards is not able to address issues arising from “The Line” forums, nor should PS volunteers post to “The Line“ forums. However, if you are in doubt about which APA committee is best suited to handle your needs, all Professional Standards volunteers are familiar with the vast network of support offered at APA and through the company. Call Your Union First! To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. 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APA News Digest: May 17, 2024

APA News Digest May 17, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Pilot Engagement and Support FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 APA President Speaks at Investors Conference Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Changes to Vacation Flight Time/Duty Time Committee: Help Line Flooded by Spam Calls Hotel Committee: Check for Sequence Repair Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee: Analysis of Last Week’s Solar Storm Compass Project Committee: Join Us for YOUnion 401 Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Membership Committee: Congratulations to Newly Upgraded Captains Domicile Events Week in Review Reminders of Federal Laws Regarding Mail Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Pilot Engagement and Support Click the image to watch a short video featuring BOS Vice Chair CA Gemma Meehan and LAX Vice Chair CA Tim Dick. A key tenet of the APA Strategic Plan is boosting solidarity and unity across our pilot group. With that in mind, we’re continuing to expand the ways in which our pilots can engage with APA’s elected officers and committee members. For example, if you have participated in any recent Family Awareness events, you may well have noticed more APA officials on hand than at similar venues in the past. That’s intentional – your elected and appointed APA leadership is making an ongoing, concerted effort to be directly accessible to the membership at large. By increasing the number of contact points for our pilots, we aim to strengthen APA’s relationship with its members from day one through retirement. That same philosophy applies to the efforts of various APA committees – including Aeromedical, Compass Project, Family Awareness, and Membership – with the robust support system we now provide for all phases of our pilots’ professional lives and for dealing with challenging life events. Through ongoing initiatives like YOUnion 101, 201, 301, and 401, along with the National Communications Network’s Concourse Conversations and a steady stream of domicile and national Family Awareness events, we will continue to meet our members’ needs, ensure your voices are heard, and deliver timely, need-to-know information. If you haven’t had a chance to attend any of these virtual or in-person events, you can always provide feedback to APA leadership via a SoundOff . Your voice is our future. FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 The U.S. House of Representatives voted 388-26 to approve the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 on Wednesday after months of discussion and debate, and President Biden signed the bill into law on Friday. The five-year, $105 billion funding bill contains provisions to augment airline industry staffing, strengthen pilot training requirements, and ensure fair treatment of pilot mental health issues to encourage self-disclosure. It does not include any non-aviation-related amendments, nor does it include any language that would change the requirement for pilots to retire at age 65. “This legislation will help ensure our nation’s airlines can continue meeting unprecedented travel demand while upholding the highest standards of safety,” APA President CA Ed Sicher said in a press release on Wednesday. “The U.S. airline industry isn’t just the world’s largest – it’s also the world’s safest – and we look forward to building on our proud legacy as the global leader in aviation safety.” APA President Speaks at Investors Conference Bank of America analyst Andrew Didora and APA President CA Ed Sicher APA President CA Ed Sicher and APA Investor Relations Committee Chair CA Dennis Tajer attended Bank of America’s annual Transportation, Airlines, and Industrials Conference in New York this week. CA Sicher was invited to speak to investors on issues related to pilot efficiency and the impact of scheduling flexibility/trip trading, reserve staffing, trip length proportionality, and safety issues. Bank of America analyst Andrew Didora subsequently provided the following information to investors: “AAL maintains pilot reserves in the area of 30%, well in excess of DAL and UAL with reserves closer to 20%. Overstaffing pilot reserves comes at a meaningful cost to the airline that APA estimates at over $500M given lower utilization and the significant cost of incremental pilots.” “Lower reserves are also in the interest of pilots who broadly prefer line pilot roles for greater flying hours and scheduling predictability.” “APA sees incentivization of network-recovery flying as a suitable alternative to elevated levels of reserves.” “APA viewed the provisions of the FAA reauthorization bill positively and cited the shortage of air traffic controllers as one of the greatest challenges for the industry given significant retirements.” “While the pilot shortage challenges have subsided, any raising of the pilot retirement age above 65 presents further challenges as the utilization of a pilot’s sick time tends to increase after age 56.” APA Contract Minute – Changes to Vacation This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with a new edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer addresses the changes for the 2024-2025 vacation year, noting that each vacation day is now worth 4:35 hours of pay and 3:40 hours of credit. Help Line Flooded by Spam Calls This is a new message from the APA Flight Time/Duty Time Committee. The FTDT Emergency Help Line is being plagued by a large number of spam calls generated from the 682 area code, which is assigned to Fort Worth and its suburbs. If you call the Emergency Help Line ( 682-738-6670 ) from a phone with that area code and we do not answer, please leave a brief message with your name and employee number. We will call you back as close to immediately as possible. Check for Sequence Repair This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. You just timed out, you know you are stuck wherever you are for the night, and you know you need a hotel room for the night. So the first thing you do is call the Hotel/Limo Desk. You wait a bit, and when they answer, they tell you they can’t help you ... yet! This is because the Hotel/Limo Desk cannot book a room for you until your sequence is repaired by Crew Tracking and you are showing a layover/ODL in that city. If you know you need a hotel room for the night, please confirm your sequence has been repaired by Crew Tracking before calling the Hotel/Limo Desk. It saves time, frustration, and reduces unnecessary calls to the Hotel/Limo Desk, which ultimately clogs the lines and slows down their team. If you are unable to reach the Hotel/Limo Desk in a timely manner AFTER sequence repair is complete, you have the option to book a hotel room on your own and expense it to the company. APA does not recommend that you book a hotel room prior to sequence repair. Additionally, if you are running into obstacles getting your sequence repaired or your room booked, the Duty Pilot is a resource available to you; they often can expedite the process to get you into rest as soon as possible. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Analysis of Last Week’s Solar Storm This is a new message from the APA Aeromedical Committee’s Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee. The Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee focuses on risk mitigation, including the effects of space weather and radiation. Last week, the sun produced a series of large solar flares that led to multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that sent magnetic energy toward Earth. When these CMEs connected with the Earth’s geomagnetic field, they produced an enhanced version of the Northern Lights, which could be viewed across much of the United States last weekend. CMEs also produce geomagnetic storms, which are measured on a scale of G1 to G5 . A strong (G3), severe (G4), or extreme (G5) storm can impact technology in various ways, to include anomalies within global navigation satellite systems. Last week’s event led the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a G4 watch for the first time since 2005. Since December of 2021, the WSI Pilotbrief Optima has been supplying Space Weather Prediction Center alerts to APA members via our iPads. We are working with AA, IBM, and WSI to integrate the FAA’s Maps of Ionizing Radiation in the Atmosphere (MIRA) to enable advanced decision making for our members. The FAA has not released a solar radiation alert since 2017. Solar radiation storms, which can affect human biology, are measured on a scale of S1 to S5 , and last week’s storm registered as an S2 – below the threshold for an alert. APA members can expect to see an alert message on AlliedPilots.org if a storm reaches the S3 level. You will be alerted via email if a storm reaches the S4 level. Our FOM offers additional guidance on space weather, and we anticipate the Space Weather Prediction Center will release a new solar radiation product for the aviation industry soon. This product comes at a critical time as we are currently in the sun’s solar maximum cycle (January 2024-October 2024). While space weather storms can happen at any time, solar maximum is recognized as the peak of storm activity. This new aviation-based product will enable APA members to view areas of solar radiation to be avoided. Solar radiation increases with both altitude and latitude, and the FAA’s MIRA system reflects guidance to fly below certain altitudes and latitudes. Additional space weather resources can be found on the Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee’s page on AlliedPilots.org and in the Q1 2023 edition of Safety Preflight (Comply 365). For additional questions, feel free to contact the subcommittee: cmte-occupationalhealth@alliedpilots.org . Join Us for YOUnion 401 This is a repeated message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project will host a “YOUnion 401” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on May 22. This “APA Retirement Summary” is intended to help pilots who are within 15 years of retirement understand their APA benefits. Please note: This session will not encompass AA-specific programs. Click here to register for the May 22 meeting . Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since May 9, B737 aircraft 3ML has been written up 11 times and out of service seven times for the master caution lights illuminating. It was most recently signed off on May 16 and is restricted to Class 1 maintenance stations. On May 2, A319 aircraft 733 came out of a maintenance check at a contract MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) station. Since then, it has been written up and out of service five times for an aileron servo fault. It was most recently signed off on May 14. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on May 14: William Andreotta, Austin Bandemer, Dennis Banks, Marco Bouw, Cody Buras, Jeremy Current, Paul Dragnich, Justin Dudley, Joshua Elmore, Anders Fouche, Daniel Fry, Latifa Gaisi, Benjamin Garner, Brandon Garrett, Alex Grossi, Eric Guttormsen, Brad Higgins, Brad Holt, Alejandro Jaramillo, David Major, Tatsunori Makidao, Ross McClure, Michael McCormick, Michael Minner, Joshua Mohr, Daniel Mohs, Tad Murphy, Heewoong Park, Michael Pollak, Marshall Price, Kyle Reed, Stephen Sanderson, Amit Sharma, Stephen Smith, Nathan Tangeman, Dean Valbuena, Nicholas Von Geusau, Philip Wade, Justin Walker, John Weisskopf, and Marques Williams. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On May 15, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Bjorn Bonilla Lehoux, Thomas Carr, James Caylor, Jorge Chavez, Calvin Craig, Jonathan Denney, Seth Dunmyer, Eric Federspill, Jeffrey Glass, Mark Matelski, John Reece II, Anthony Romane, Timothy Schmidt, Anthony Senninger, Bernel Simon, Ray Tabassian, Joseph Tysinger, Carlos Vega, and Ryan Wilbur. Congratulations to Newly Upgraded Captains This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We would like to recognize and congratulate the following pilots who upgraded to captain last month. They are listed by their post-upgrade base and equipment. CLT 777: Jerald Weitzel CLT 737: Jeffrey Clauser, Calvin Craig, Alexis Erochenko Rey, Robert Slatton, Joseph Tysinger, and Ryan Wilbur CLT 320: John Kehlenbeck and Daniel Lovelace DCA 737: Michael Catherman, Casie Ross, and Austin Van Hise DFW 737: Shaun Permann DFW 320: Willie Carter, Todd Christensen, Seth Dunmyer, Todd Ellis, Derek Felton, Bradley Jacobson, Benjamin Kumpf, Kevin Laster, Jason Lower, Christopher Ramirez, Alfonso Restrepo, Matthew Wise, and Austin Wood LGA 737: Zachary Moore MIA 737: James Caylor, Jose Davila, Ricardo De Magalhaes Valmorbida, Arsh Dhillon, Ryan Falconer, Marcos Nicolaidis, John Reece, and Bernel Simon MIA 320: Bobby Bayani, Jonathan Coker, Edgar Galvis, Ryan Giampietro, Steven Hatcher, Ryan Kassik, Alfred Maldonado, Kevin Marshall, Eric Metcalf, Brandon Mongan, Pablo Paucar, Oscar Roque, Ray Tabassian, and Nitin Verma ORD 787: Paul Nelson and Michael Pauken ORD 737: Matthew Laakso, Mark Matelski, and Timothy Schmidt PHL 787: Joseph Gallucci and Carlos Vega PHL 320: Kristopher D’Erasmo Domicile Events Click the image for a closer look. MIA pilots converged in Fort Lauderdale last weekend for the Air Dot Show. You can see more photos here . Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20 ; Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 ; Retirement Party on Nov. 9 LAX: San Diego lunch on June 11 ; Thousand Oaks lunch on June 12 ; Dana Point lunch on June 13 LGA: Refinery Rooftop Social on May 18 ; New York Mets game on Sept. 2 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 26 MIA: Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Sept. 14 ORD: Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 19 Also, save the date for these upcoming commuter events, details to follow soon: AUS: June 21 at 1800 Central BNA: June 22 at 1930 Central ATL: June 23 at 1400 Eastern Week in Review Here are some recent messages you may have missed. Captain’s Authority Committee: NO (on the ground); UNABLE (in the air)  Flight Time/Duty Time Committee: Fatigue Event Manager Outages  Press Release: APA Praises Congress for Approving FAA Reauthorization Act Safety Committee: Safety Alert: GPS Jamming and Spoofing on PHL-DOH-PHL Secretary-Treasurer: Membership Approves Amendments to APA Constitution and Bylaws Reminders of Federal Laws Regarding Mail Recently, a third-party group sent unsolicited mailings to members of APA seeking replies through enclosed business reply envelopes. APA has been notified that representatives of that third-party group have since contacted the Office of the United States Postal Inspector in North Carolina to file complaints regarding some of the responses that were received. We have no reason to believe that our members have engaged in conduct warranting a complaint. However, the Postal Inspector’s office in North Carolina has asked APA to remind our members that sending fecal matter through the mail is a federal offense (18 U.S. Code § 1716 (injurious articles as nonmailable)). Additionally, fraudulently replicating business reply envelopes for use is also a federal offense (18 U.S. Code § 501 (counterfeit postage)). We trust that any member who chooses to respond to unsolicited mailings in the future will heed these reminders. Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (2) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Professional Standards Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (6) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs What types of issues will Professional Standards accept? Almost any issue that would benefit from the peer-to-peer method of resolution is acceptable, such as individual conflicts, ineffective operating methods/techniques, problems of a professional or ethical nature, conduct that could lead to discipline, and recognizing exceptional performance. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . Connect with Us: Facebook | X (Twitter) | Instagram | TikTok | YouTube Contact Us: Phone - 817.302.2272 | Website - AlliedPilots.org
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APA Praises Congress for Approving FAA Reauthorization Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Capt. Dennis Tajer, 847-902-8481/Gregg Overman, 817-302-2250 Allied Pilots Association Praises Congress for Approving the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2024) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, praised Congress for approving the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024. “This legislation will help ensure our nation’s airlines can continue meeting unprecedented travel demand while upholding the highest standards of safety,” said APA President Capt. Ed Sicher. “The U.S. airline industry isn’t just the world’s largest — it’s also the world’s safest — and we look forward to building on our proud legacy as the global leader in aviation safety. “On behalf of the 16,000 American Airlines pilots the Allied Pilots Association represents, I want to express our gratitude to House and Senate leadership for their skillful handling of this landmark legislation,” Capt. Sicher said. “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 includes provisions to augment staffing in our industry, strengthen pilot training requirements, and ensure fair treatment of pilot mental health issues to encourage self-disclosure, to cite just a few of its many beneficial aspects. “We respectfully request that President Biden promptly sign the legislation into law and look forward to seeing its many long-awaited enhancements to our National Airspace System become a reality.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — has its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.
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APA News Digest: May 10, 2024

APA News Digest May 10, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Government Affairs Committee: Senate Approves FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 Jumpseat Committee: Jumpseat Reservation System: Listing Solutions Aeromedical Committee: NOAA Forecasts Severe Solar Storm Aeromedical Committee: BPA Flight Crew Hazard “Positive Rate” Episode 23: APA’s Voice in Global Aviation Policy YOUnion 301 Zoom Call for New Captains Compass Project Committee: Join Us for YOUnion 401 Project Wingman Subcommittee: May is Mental Health Awareness Month Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Senate Approves FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 This is a new message from the APA Government Affairs Committee. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to authorize more than $105 billion in funding for the Federal Aviation Administration through fiscal year 2028. After days of debate regarding various amendments — including some unrelated to aviation policy — the Senate approved the bill without any additional amendments. In addition, the Senate voted to approve a one-week extension in stopgap funding for the FAA through May 17. The U.S. House of Representatives will now take up the bill for consideration. “We would like to express our appreciation for the Senate’s strong, bipartisan approval of this important legislation, and are optimistic that the House will likewise approve it promptly in its present form,” said CA Harvey Meek, APA Government Affairs Committee Chair. “Among other important provisions, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 includes pro-labor initiatives to augment staffing in our industry, and it strengthens pilot training requirements. This bill represents a clear win for airline labor, and we look forward to seeing it enacted into law.” In his Monday update on the bill, APA President CA Ed Sicher noted that the legislation includes measures to ensure fair treatment of pilot mental health issues to encourage self-disclosure. “Currently, disclosing an issue and seeking support puts our certifications at risk — an instant loss of income and the ability to practice our profession,” he said. Jumpseat Reservation System: Listing Solutions This is a new message from the APA Jumpseat Committee. The Jumpseat Reservation System (JRS) was implemented on April 16, 2024. Your APA Jumpseat Committee has confirmed the following solutions for pilots listing via the new JRS: JRS Listings: Each pilot may make one listing per calendar day, per city pair (including co-terminals) when they hold the #1 position on the JRS list. The JRS list is accessed by selecting “Priority List” in JetNet Travel Planner “tools” for any AA Mainline flight. Each pilot who holds a #2 or lower position on the original listing between city pair (including co-terminals) may make an additional listing for a different flight. The maximum number of JRS listings between a city pair (including co-terminals) on a given calendar day is two . A pilot may only check-in for one PNR at a time. Multi-leg Listings: To secure a multi-leg reservation, each pilot may list D1/D2 for all segments of a desired trip and check-in for this PNR  only . This multi-leg PNR check-in will allow a pilot to establish “T” (through) status and/or check a bag to their final destination. The pilot may also list for any eligible (AA mainline) segments via the JRS in accordance with 1-3 above. The pilot will not check in for the JRS listing(s), but the agent will be able to issue the “W” pass by their priority on the JRS list. For additional JRS question, please refer to the  Compass Project Jumpseat Guide . If you have questions or encounter difficulties with the new system, please submit a  Jumpseat Debrief . NOAA Forecasts Severe Solar Storm This is a new message from the APA Aeromedical Committee . The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) — a division of the National Weather Service — is monitoring the sun following a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that began on May 8. Space weather forecasters issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Alert for the evening of May 10. Additional solar eruptions could cause geomagnetic storm conditions to persist through the weekend. A large sunspot cluster has produced several moderate to strong solar flares since Wednesday at 0500 Eastern. At least five flares were associated with CMEs that appear to be earth-directed. SWPC forecasters will monitor NOAA and NASA’s space assets for the onset of a geomagnetic storm. CMEs are explosions of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun’s corona. They cause geomagnetic storms when they are directed at Earth. Geomagnetic storms can impact infrastructure in near-Earth orbit and on Earth’s surface, potentially disrupting communications, the electric power grid, navigation, radio and satellite operations. SWPC has notified the operators of these systems so they can take protective action. Geomagnetic storms can also trigger spectacular displays of aurora on Earth. A severe geomagnetic storm includes the potential for aurora to be seen as far south as Alabama. BPA Flight Crew Hazard This is a new message from the APA Aeromedical Committee-Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee. A little-known pilot health concern involves BPA (Bisphenol-A). For the general population, BPA is commonly found in packaging materials and receipts from retailers. Most receipts are printed using thermal paper using BPA or BPS, a common alternative. BPA/BPS aid the heat-activation process of thermal paper, removing the need for toner. BPA/BPS have similar negative health impacts in high saturation. BPA influences the body’s hormonal functions. Health impacts include thyroid issues, heart disease, obesity, reproductive harm, reduced libido, and aggression. The FDA has banned use of BPA in baby products and set permissible limits of BPA in the body (2.25 milligrams per pound of body weight per day), and there are various bans on its use in different applications around the world. Exposure to BPA for pilots is increased by thermal paper usage on the flightdeck (ACARS paper). Touching thermal paper with wet hands can increase BPA absorption into the body. BPA absorption through skin contact increases 22-200 times when skin is wet, for example by hand sanitizer (also by SANI-COM wipes found on the flightdeck). There are ways to reduce exposure to BPA. Replacing BPA/BPS thermal paper with phenol-free thermal paper is the easiest (although usually the responsibility of the business and can be costly). The 737 fleet has AstroNova BPA free paper available, but not all fleets use it. One way to test if you are using BPA thermal paper is the scratch test. Using a hard surface like a coin or edge of a pen (not the writing side), scratch the printing side of the thermal paper. If the heat from friction causes a dark scratch color similar to printed text, it contains BPA. Reducing contact with thermal paper is another mitigation strategy. You can request a text/email receipt (or no receipt) at retail stores. Limiting use of ACARS/thermal paper, particularly with wet hands, can reduce exposure. Alternate methods include using electronic means for ATIS/FPR, using gloves, or keeping hands dry when handling thermal paper. You can also avoid touching the printed side of ACARS paper, as the non-printed side should not contain a BPA coating. “Positive Rate” Episode 23: APA’s Voice in Global Aviation Policy In the latest episode of our “ Positive Rate ” podcast, Communications Committee Deputy Chair FO Melissa Monahan talks with CA Shawn Gray, who chairs the International Alliance Committee. CA Gray characterizes the committee’s role as the union’s “foreign affairs” arm, identifying threats and opportunities beyond U.S. borders, and securing access to the forums where global aviation policy is crafted to ensure APA’s voice is heard. CA Shawn Gray and International Alliance Committee member CA Eric McEldowney at this week’s IFALPA conference in Mexico City. Each episode of “Positive Rate” features various APA leaders and the subject-matter experts working on the membership’s behalf. The podcast is available through popular streaming services, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – you can search for “Positive Rate” or “Allied Pilots Association” on your platform of choice to subscribe and download. Your first opportunity to listen will be via AlliedPilots.org/Podcasts . We welcome your feedback on this format. If you have a question or a comment, please send it to Communications Director Gregg Overman via goverman@alliedpilots.org . YOUnion 301 Zoom Call for New Captains This is a revised message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project committee would like to thank 161 new captains who participated in the YOUnion 301 Zoom call on Wednesday. We received several requests for access to the recording — it’s now posted on the Member Engagement Portal. Please view at your convenience and thank you for completing our survey. Join Us for YOUnion 401 This is a revised message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project will host a “YOUnion 401” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on May 22. This “APA Retirement Summary” is intended to help pilots who are within 15 years of retirement understand their APA benefits. Please note: This session will not encompass AA-specific programs. Click here to register for the May 22 meeting . May is Mental Health Awareness Month This is a revised message from the APA Project Wingman Subcommittee. The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Project Wingman volunteers are hard at work attending recurrent training workshops throughout this year. Volunteers have been reviewing how best to provide support when fellow pilots call our Wingman hotline (848-APA-CREW #1, or 817-823-7965). If you or a member of your family are in a life crisis, never hesitate to give us a call and talk to a fellow pilot. Likewise, if you see a fellow pilot wearing a Project Wingman lanyard, don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation. We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to listen and support you through the many challenges that life throws at us. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since April 4, A319 aircraft 769 has been written up seven times and out of service six times for excessive Nose Landing Gear (NLG) vibration/shimmy. It was last signed off on May 8 and is currently restricted to AA maintenance stations only. Previous Alaska  A321 aircraft 959 entered AA revenue service on April 21. In 65 flight hours, it has been written up eight times and on MEL twice, and has been out of service seven times for high left engine nacelle temperature indication. It remains out of service and is restricted to Class 1 or 2 maintenance stations only. Since April 1, A321 aircraft 180  — either the APU generator, External Power or Transformer Rectifier 2, or a combination of the three   — has been written up 15 times. Four related MELs have been issued and it has been out of service six times. It remains out of service and is restricted to AA maintenance stations only. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on May 7: Joel Barker Jr., Hugo Beltran Manrique, Javier Bernal Mondragon, Robert Bussmann, Alfredo Caraveo, Brian Coley, Aaron Craig, Jeremy Criddle, Austin Decker, Christopher Dingman, James Ellerbe, Daniel FitzPatrick, Mathias Franceries Rodriguez, Clara Gandarilla, Nicholas Garren, Pedro Gonzalez Jr., Zachary Haney, Brent Hoffman, Torrance Hollins, Russell Kenny, Ramy Khalil, Devin Lew, Sebastian Matysiak, Thomas Maxfield, Jack Miller, Kirk Morrow, William Nash, Evangelos Natsis, Kara Pollinger, Jason Powell, Joel Ramos-Falcon, Stuart Redman, Taylor Roberts, David Rousseau, Alex Sanso, Jacob Santangelo, Aaron Smith, Trevor Smith, Patrick Toon, David Vanderford Jr., Brian Weeks, Anthony West, Dylan Willis, Seth Woodhull, and Robert Youmans. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On May 8, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Robert Beeks, Tyler Carter, Joseph Gallucci, Ryan Giampietro, Matthew Grondin, Christopher Haddy, John Hough, Roman Kosovan, Rein Lewis, Vincent Milazzo, Paul Nelson, Matthew Rhodes, Aaron Schafer, Timothy Smith, and Jerald Weitzel. Domicile Events Do you know how to check APA’s master calendar for upcoming events and confirm your attendance? This short video provides a tutorial. Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20 ; Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 ; Retirement Party on Nov. 9 LAX: Family Awareness lunch in San Diego on May 14 ; Family Awareness lunch in Temecula on May 15 ; San Diego lunch on June 11 ; Thousand Oaks lunch on June 12 ; Dana Point lunch on June 13 LGA: Refinery Rooftop Social on May 18 ; New York Mets game on Sept. 2 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 26 MIA: Air Dot Show at FLL on May 11 and 12 ; Domicile Meeting on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Sept. 14 ORD: Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 ; Retirement Party on Oct. 19 Also, save the date for these upcoming commuter events, details to follow soon: AUS: June 21 at 1800 Central BNA: June 22 at 1930 Central ATL: June 23 at 1400 Eastern Week in Review Here are some recent messages you may have missed. Family Awareness Committee: Critical Pilot Response – North Carolina Tornadoes Membership Committee: Potential APA Members President: The Price of Self-Disclosure at American Airlines Government Affairs Committee: Call to Action: Contact Your U.S. Senators About the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (2) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (6) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs What if I have a challenge with a Check Airman? Professional Standards is a natural necessity for the Check Airman community, just as it is for the line pilot. Make your union the first call in an attempt to assist in a solution with human interaction issues that arise on a daily basis. We have established a specialized “domicile” for the Check Airman community. When you call the phone tree (817-402-2181), simply input “CKA” or say “Check Airman” to be routed to the appropriate volunteer for handling your case. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel The PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge is scheduled for May 23-26 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel can get free tickets, a parking pass, and access to a hospitality tent for one day of the tournament. Click here for more information . If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: 0.2s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . Connect with Us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube Contact Us: Phone - 817.302.2272 | Website - AlliedPilots.org
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APA News Digest: May 3, 2024

APA News Digest May 3, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Unionism Isn’t a Spectator Sport Compass Project Committee: Join Us for YOUnion 301 or YOUnion 401 Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Penalties for Scheduling or Reassigning a Reserve Pilot into a Non-Golden DFP Professional Standards Committee: Baggage Policies on 737 Project Wingman Subcommittee: May is Mental Health Awareness Month Hotel Committee: Do Not Trust Hotels Listed on PBS Bid Packages STOP Committee: APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Membership Committee: Retirements in January and February Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Unionism Isn’t a Spectator Sport Congratulations to CA Brian Smith and FO Jason Gustin, who prevailed in the Runoff Round of the DFW Domicile Election that concluded on Tuesday. Their respective two-year terms as DFW Domicile Chair and DFW Domicile Vice Chair began on Wednesday, as did the terms of DCA Domicile Chair CA Chris Wachter and DCA Domicile Vice Chair CA Tom Lawler. We would also like to thank the other candidates in those domicile elections – CA Drew Coleman, CA Tim Doreen Jr., FO Julio Gomez, FO Brandon Lightly, CA Steven Pacheco, and CA Jon Sherrell – for their willingness to serve the membership. APA cannot function without willing volunteers, whether those volunteers are elected or appointed. CA Lawrence Cutler, FO Ryan Babcock, CA Paul McFarland, and CA Gemma Meehan talked to pilots at BOS on Thursday. Several volunteers from APA’s National Communications Network were at BOS and ORD this week for Concourse Conversations. Those volunteers have our gratitude, as do all of the pilots who took the time to share their views on our union, our airline, and our industry. Similarly, we would like to thank all of the ORD pilots who attended their in-person domicile meeting on Wednesday, when they heard remarks from APA President CA Ed Sicher. Be sure to check AlliedPilots.org/Calendar regularly for similar opportunities for engagement. APA President CA Ed Sicher spoke at the ORD domicile meeting on Wednesday. Speaking of engagement, less than 24 hours after the DFW election wrapped up, another voting window opened. The APA Board of Directors approved two resolutions during its spring meeting that would amend recall procedures for National and Domicile Officers. These amendments to the APA Constitution and Bylaws are subject to membership approval via a referendum ballot. The voting window will be open until 1200 Central on May 15. Click here to vote . Join Us for YOUnion 301 or YOUnion 401 This is a new message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project and APA Vice President CA Chris Torres will host a “YOUnion 301” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on May 8. This “Captains’ Development Seminar” is intended to help new captains and soon-to-be captains understand their authorities, APA support, and safety trends within our airline. Click here to register for the May 8 meeting . The Compass Project will also host a “YOUnion 401” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on May 22. This “APA Retirement Summary” is intended to help pilots who are within 15 years of retirement understand their APA benefits. Please note: This session will not encompass AA-specific programs. Click here to register for the May 22 meeting . APA Contract Minute – Penalties for Scheduling or Reassigning a Reserve Pilot into a Non-Golden DFP This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with another edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer details the penalties the company incurs for scheduling or reassigning a Reserve pilot into a non-golden duty-free period. Baggage Policies on 737 The APA Professional Standards Committee sent this message to all 737 pilots in December. Due to an uptick in reports, a rerun was requested. Your Professional Standards Committee has observed an uptick in disputes regarding the storage of crewmembers’ bags on the 737. Our Flight Operations Manual clearly authorizes pilots to put their bags in the front closet UNLESS a wheelchair needs to be stored there. The flight attendants’ Inflight Manual says they can stow their bags in any overhead bin as long as the bin is not above Main Class Extra seats. You may want to download those two images to your iPad so you can reference them if this issue comes up during one of your flights. If that doesn’t settle things, please give us a call: 817-402-2181. May is Mental Health Awareness Month This is a new message from the APA Project Wingman Subcommittee. Click the image for a closer look. The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Project Wingman volunteers are hard at work attending recurrent training workshops throughout this year. During the pictured class in April, and the next classes in ensuing months, volunteers are reviewing how best to provide support when fellow pilots call our Wingman hotline (848-APA-CREW #1, or 817-823-7965). If you or a member of your family are in a life crisis, never hesitate to give us a call and talk to a fellow pilot. Likewise, if you see a fellow pilot wearing a Project Wingman lanyard, don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation. We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to listen and support you through the many challenges that life throws at us. Do Not Trust Hotels Listed on PBS Bid Packages This is an updated message from the APA Hotel Committee. PBS bid packages will be released in a couple of days for the month of June; however, the company will be working on June hotel allocations well into mid-May. Because the PBS bid packages are built and released prior to hotel allocations being complete for the upcoming month, the hotel listed on the bid package may not be the allocated hotel for that sequence. Any layover with an ODL of 17 hours or more should be placed at a long hotel in accordance with the CBA. Layovers that are 13 hours or fewer should be at a short property. There is flexibility between 13 and 17 hours, so placement can vary by market. We recommend that you do not bid for a trip based solely on the hotel listed on the bid package. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 This is an updated message from the APA Strike and Tactical Operations Planning Committee. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants will conduct informational picketing at the White House and airports around the system on May 9. If your schedule permits, we encourage you to stand with our airline’s flight attendants in their ongoing efforts to secure a fair contract. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since April 20, B737 aircraft 3BF has been written up nine times for the cabin temperature being uncontrollable. It recently operated under a Special Flight Permit (SFP) to a maintenance base for repairs and remains out of service. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on April 30: Christopher Anzideo, Charles Argumaniz, Quentin Ballot-Lena, Aaron Barthol, Brister Bishop, Jordan Brummett, Cameron Burnett, Brandon Coffman, Craig DeVries, Daniel Drouillard, Fernando Freire, Greir Gardner, Ian Hagen, Ryan Harris, Christopher Henson, Kyle Higginson, Michael Jones, William Kober, Forrest Lampela, Augusto Lise Puglia, Jose Lopez, Jacob Lukens, Darrick McGill, Nathan Miller, Michael Pardillo, Richard Patterson, Nickolas Periman, Leland Quinter, Joseph Schmidt, Justin Siems, Victor Sultan, Philip Taylor, Piotr Tenderenda, Steve Toosi, Jesse Toppen, Christopher Trent, Sean Trulzsch, William Turner, Daniel Valentine, Brian Webb, Joseph Wheeler, and Aaron Wolf. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On May 1, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Craig Bellanca, Bret Buchanan, Vito Culicchia III, Carlos Flores, Mark Hollandsworth, Emmanuel Karatzas, Rein Lewis, Brandon Lighty, Quincy Newman III, Dariusz Piszczek, Scott Reider, Robert Seeney, Savvas Shimitras, Annette Taylor, Matthew Wright, and George Zeigler. Retirements in January and February This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We would like to recognize and congratulate these pilots who retired in January and February. BOS: CA Harrington Drake, CA Walter Jennings, and CA Keith Pederzani CLT: CA Perry Brown, CA Nicholas Dudley, CA Douglas English, CA Stanley Garrison, CA Craig Gillespie, CA Michael Kaye, CA DeVere Kiss, CA Michael McCormick, CA Michael Meyersohn, CA Alejandro Munevar, FO Arthur Orteneau, CA Scott Rohwedder, CA Craig Sage, FO Mark Sidlovsky, CA Jerry Slaughter, CA George Venturella, and CA Terrence Wilson DCA: CA Kevin Williamson DFW: FO David Albright, CA Julie Barry, CA Tom Battle, CA Andrea Chovanec, CA George Desautels, CA James Dinsmore, CA William Erickson, FO William Featherston, CA Donald Greer Jr., FO Jerome Hager, CA James Hamilton, CA Jeffrey Hansen, CA Mark Hopkins, CA Mark Houston, FO David Huff, CA Stephen Jester, CA Barry Johnson, CA Thomas Jumper, CA Steven Katerinos, CA James Lightfoot, CA Brian Ostrom, CA Michael Pennell, FO Erich Pfanzelt, CA J. Robertson, CA Jeffrey Roetzel, FO Bradley Smith, CA Scott Swenson, CA William Taylor, and CA Mark Watson LAX: CA David Bauer, CA Richard Brodhead, FO David Carsel, CA Thomas Fanghella, FO James Gilliland, CA George Graham, CA David Gray, CA Peter Griffith, CA Robert Ing, CA Gary Inouye, FO James Kirchhoff, CA Brian Mathews, CA John Nunes, CA Steven Paul, CA Douglas Peterson, FO Wade Robertson, and FO Brian Winfield LGA: CA Joseph Bazo, CA Jack Berkebile, FO Glenn Brandenburg, CA Thomas Casey, CA Carl Clarke, CA Ronald Fischer, CA Stuart McMillan, FO Dale Mock, CA Jeffrey Mullen, FO Wallace Preitz, CA Richard Sanderson, CA Timothy Schaefer, CA Robert Singer, CA Timmy So, CA John Urry, and FO Robert Wilkinson MIA: CA John Aldridge, CA Ronald Barnard, CA John Berryhill, FO Michael Bronson, FO J Canizares, FO Wendell Fowler, CA Christopher Gardner, CA Glenn Herron, CA Pete Karkeck, CA Robert Livingston, CA Bernard Neumann, CA Walter Nurnberger, CA Sam Pierson, CA David Ratcliff, CA Michael Rounds, FO Glen Turner, CA Ronald Willkomm, CA Stephen Woodward, CA Anthony Zent ORD: FO Daniel Akins, FO Dietmar Amelang, CA Barry Black, CA Ed Clay, FO Bradley Collins, CA Richard Hoehl, FO Elaine Meronyk, CA Brian Mourning, CA Robert Paton, CA Michael Perillo, CA John Ricciotti, and CA Edward Zelasko PHL: CA David Bonner, CA Robert Cowgill, CA Charles Daugherty, CA Patrick Dunleavy, CA Kory Hoeft, CA Kevin Judd, CA Elliotte Lands, CA William Schrock, and CA Gene Sevier PHX: FO Paul Ferrier III, CA John Fox, CA Russell Hildebrand, and CA Sean Oswald Domicile Events Do you know how to check APA’s master calendar for upcoming events and confirm your attendance? This short video provides a tutorial. Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6; Retirement Party on Nov. 9 LAX: Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on May 8; Family Awareness lunch in Dana Point on May 9; IMAX and TTS Training at the San Diego Yacht Club on May 10; Family Awareness lunch in San Diego on May 14; Family Awareness lunch in Temecula on May 15 LGA: Refinery Rooftop Social on May 18; New York Mets game on Sept. 2; Retirement Party on Oct. 26 MIA: Air Dot Show at FLL on May 11 and 12; Retirement Party on Sept. 14 ORD: Retirement Party on May 4; Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18; Retirement Party on Oct. 19 Week in Review Click the image for a closer look. CA Stephen Landau, FO Stacey Banks, and FO Leslie Sanders of the APA Uniform Committee were on hand when the Uniform Service Center opened at the Flight Academy last year. The Uniform Service Center is one of many topics covered in the committee’s comprehensive All Things Uniform update. Here are some other recent messages you may have missed. Communications Committee: Membership Referendum Voting Window Now Open Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee: FDJ AA Not Appended to Priority List Government Affairs Committee: Senate and House Committee Leaders Reach Agreement on FAA Reauthorization Press Release: Allied Pilots Association Urges “Timely Approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024” Safety Committee: Smoke/Odor/Fumes, Engine Runs, and American Airlines Fleet Captain Brief Secretary-Treasurer: DFW Runoff Round Results Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (1) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Appeal Board (1) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (6) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs How does management or an employee submit an issue to Professional Standards? Committee volunteers are identified for each domicile on AlliedPilots.org and on each domicile’s APA bulletin board. Management is furnished contact information for every domicile and national deputy, and they may approach a committee volunteer with an issue. Emails, texts, and detailed phone messages are to be avoided, as the information is not confidential and may not be protected. Telephone contact and face-to-face meetings are encouraged, as confidentiality is paramount to the success of the program. You can reach your domicile’s Professional Standards Committee via our phone tree: 817-402-2181. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel The PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge is scheduled for May 23-26 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel can get free tickets, a parking pass, and access to a hospitality tent for one day of the tournament. Click here for more information . If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: 0.2s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . Connect with Us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube Contact Us: Phone - 817.302.2272 | Website - AlliedPilots.org
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Allied Pilots Association Urges “Timely Approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Capt. Dennis Tajer, 847-902-8481/Gregg Overman, 817-302-2250 Allied Pilots Association Urges “Timely Approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024” FORT WORTH, Texas (May 2, 2024) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, lauded Congress for its work on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 and urged the legislation’s prompt passage. “Timely approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 is in the best interests of the traveling public,” said APA President Capt. Ed Sicher. “The United States leads the world in commercial aviation. The U.S. market isn’t just the world’s largest — it’s also the world’s safest — and enacting this vitally important legislation will help ensure our nation’s airlines can continue meeting unprecedented demand while upholding the highest standards of safety. “We also urge lawmakers to refrain from including any language that would raise the mandatory retirement age for pilots from 65 to 67,” he said. “Data supports maintaining mandatory retirement at age 65, consistent with International Civil Aviation Organization standards. The Department of Transportation and airline labor groups likewise support maintaining the current requirement.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.
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APA News Digest: April 27, 2024

APA News Digest April 27, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Making the Most of APA’s Resources “I Don’t Fly a Plane Unless It’s Safe” Professional Standards Committee: Problem on the Line? Call Us First Economic and Financial Analysis Committee: American Reports $297M Loss Despite Record Revenue Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Average Calendar Day Contract Compliance Committee: Register for Contract Training at ORD Hotel Committee: Hotel Sign-In Security Protocol Critical Incident Response Program: CIRP Volunteer of the Quarter STOP Committee: APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Domicile Events DFW Domicile Election Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Making the Most of APA’s Resources Last month, every domicile had volunteers and base representatives in the terminals talking with pilots and gathering feedback. We followed up this weeklong effort with one-day Concourse Conversations at each domicile. As emphasized previously, these are not isolated events. APA volunteers will be engaging in Concourse Conversations through the end of the year. You deserve transparency and timely information and to know that union leadership hears your concerns and is acting on them. Three weeks ago, we highlighted a notable change for our union – the development of the latest version of the APA Strategic Plan. Now it’s time to time into specific elements of the plan. The first part of the plan addresses APA’s organizational structure, making it more adaptive and collaborative. Too often, our volunteers and staff have been siloed, resulting in an inefficient use of resources. Aligning efforts under an overall strategic plan – and implementing recommendations from the Governance and Reform Committee – will help integrate our committees and increase their effectiveness on your behalf. In addition to aligning committee efforts under the plan, we are exploring advanced technology to help streamline committee work. As we incorporate these solutions, APA’s focus will be bolstering information security and fostering greater collaboration. Our NCN Volunteers will have additional information on this element of the APA Strategic Plan in upcoming Concourse Conversations. Now back to feedback from the last few rounds of Concourse Conversations, with many of you voicing concerns regarding TTS: You’re frustrated the system is locked down and trades don’t occur easily or at all. Trip pairings are built to the legal limits, with long duty days. You want transparency with the Red/Green lights and an improved user interface. We shared your feedback with the Scheduling Committee as they focus on securing system enhancements. Other areas of concerns you cited: The prospect of a change in retirement age to 67. Maintenance-related issues and an increase in problems on Right Start Flights. Medical reimbursements. Hotel wait times. Jumpseat-related questions. We likewise shared this additional feedback with the appropriate subject-matter experts. In addition, you expressed overall satisfaction with the APA Pilot app, with several of you suggesting we add a link to APA updates and a calendar sync function. APA IT is now incorporating these enhancements. In the following weeks, please continue to send SoundOff messages, provide feedback to NCN Volunteers in the terminals, and engage your domicile representatives. Your feedback is vital as we concentrate our resources on addressing the issues that matter most to you. Your voice is our future. “I Don’t Fly a Plane Unless It’s Safe” On April 19, APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer appeared on Fox Business to discuss the recent Congressional hearings focused on Boeing as well as our concerns about a spike in safety issues. You can watch his six-minute interview with Maria Bartiromo on our website, but here are a few highlights: Why does it feel like we have an increase in safety issues? “What we’re seeing right now is a pressure on the safety margin. All the things that we look for that happen – usually singularly – are now happening at the same time. … The good news is our management’s engaged with us on stopping this trend that we see happening before it leads to incidents or accidents.” What should consumers do if they’re worried? “This business is not about perfect flights; I haven’t been on one in 36 years. Always small things happen. The idea is that you trap those errors. And the problem right now is there’s an extra wave of unforced errors coming into our cockpits.” It is safe to fly right now? “Absolutely. I don’t fly a plane unless it’s safe. I may work for American Airlines, I may have a license from the FAA, but I’m morally and professionally obligated to fight every aggressor – be it a system, the airplane, an airline, management teams, you name it – when I have 170-plus people on my airplane. So know that it’s safe out there, but what we’re saying as professional pilots is there’s an immense amount of pressure, so we’ve got to change our game and bring it up to the level of where the threats are.” Problem on the Line? Call Us First This is a new message from the APA Professional Standards Committee. Professional Standards operates on confidentiality. People are willing to self-assess and change when their public image is not threatened, so if you have a problem on the line, call us at 817-402-2181. Don’t take your conflict to social media; take it to a venue for resolution. Professional Standards cannot assist you after you make a problem public because we would not be able to maintain confidentiality. You may recall a recent Distance Learning module that told you to report all workplace problems to management, even ones you felt had been resolved on the peer-to-peer level. Other workgroups are being given the same guidance. Don’t contribute to a toxic culture of “informing” on your peers. Call Professional Standards first at 817-402-2181 and build a better workplace. Tell your coworkers from other workgroups to do the same. American Reports $297M Loss Despite Record Revenue This is a new message from the APA Economic and Financial Analysis Committee. American Airlines reported its quarterly financial results on Thursday. Here are our key takeaways: American reported an adjusted pre-tax loss of $297 million, on the back of record revenue and costs that increased much more quickly. The company is touting its new distribution system, and it looks to have more transactions processed by their website/software, which should send fewer dollars out the door. Fuel prices were down, but the additional $586 million in salaries and related costs was only slightly offset by spending $438 million fewer on fuel, which drug down profitability. Interest expense of $379 million is lower than the same quarter last year but still almost double what United and Delta are paying to service their debt. With razor-thin margins, this still remains a notable headwind. Click here for more analysis . APA Contract Minute – Average Calendar Day This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with another edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer explains how the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement fixed the Average Calendar Day donut hole. Register for Contract Training at ORD This is a repeated message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on May 2 in ORD for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person at the Doubletree Hotel in Rosemont from 0900 to 1630 or virtually via Zoom. Additionally, in-person IMAX training is scheduled for May 1 from 0900 to 1200 at the Doubletree. If you plan to attend either session, RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for the food orders. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. IMAX training on May 1: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance Contract training on May 2: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on May 2 via Zoom: Click here to register . Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. Hotel Sign-In Security Protocol This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. When conducting site reviews, APA and AA always ask the hotel if they can provide pre-keyed rooms and a quick method for crews to check in. For most hotels, this means they provide a binder with a sign-in sheet. Part of the beauty of this system is that we can sign in even when the front desk staff is busy with other guests. For security concerns, please always remember to close the binder and place it back across the desk, away from guests, after you sign in if the staff is not available to hand it directly back to them. The sign-in sheet typically has crew members’ room numbers along with their employee numbers, and it should not be accessible to other guests. It’s very easy for someone to walk up to the desk and inconspicuously take a quick picture if the binder is left out and open. Thank you for safeguarding this information and taking care of yourself and other crew members. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. CIRP Volunteer of the Quarter This is a new message from the Critical Incident Response Program Subcommittee. Caring, empathetic, calm, and kind are just a few of the words that describe CA Heidi Theile, who is the inaugural recipient of our Volunteer of the Quarter Award. She is being honored for her contributions to the CIRP team, of course. Not only is she an active peer support volunteer, CA Theile also helps coordinate other volunteers as they respond to our crews. But she is also being honored for her community service. During a recent overnight in ORF, CA Theile noticed a young man who was getting ready to jump off a bridge into a river with a strong current. She alerted the hotel’s front desk and asked them to call 911. CA Theile then proceeded directly to the young man and began using her Critical Incident Stress Management skills to talk him down and move him away from the edge. She sat with him and listened to him, letting him know she cared about him. After a while, law enforcement officers arrived and made sure he would be taken care of. CA Theile then got ready to go to work via the hotel’s shuttle. Just another day of assisting someone in crisis. Some days, it’s just a listening ear; other days, it’s saving someone’s life. APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 This is a repeated message from the APA Strike and Tactical Operations Planning Committee. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants will conduct systemwide picketing on May 9. We encourage you to show your solidarity with our flight attendants in their efforts to secure a suitable contract by joining them on the picket line. As we receive additional information about the picketing, we will pass it along. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. In the last two weeks, A320 aircraft 125 has been written up five times and been out of service twice for number 1 VHF static. It was most recently signed off on April 20. Since March 18, the right windshield heat on B787 aircraft 8LE has been written up seven times and been out of service four times. It was most recently signed off on April 26. UPDATE: Since March 14, B777 aircraft 7AD has been written up 13 times and been out of service seven times for an ELMS (electrical load management system) P110 fault. At the time of this writing, it remained out of service. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on April 23: Corey Abrams, Naseer Ahmad, Kenneth Allen, Juliano Amaral Zandonai, Kenneth Bentley, Kris Bergemann, Maria Borde, Nathaniel Brannum, Benjamin Brittle, Keith Carlton, Carey Cooke, Ethan Coughlin, Zachariah Done, Casey Farrington, Nicholas Ferri, Agustin Flores, Robert Fox Jr., Kevin Friel, Jacob Fulton, Douglas Gilmore, Colin Gunn, Tyler Hardin, Adrian Hopson, Blake Hunter, Jason Kelsall, Adam Kieda, Bryan Liggett, Sandro Lipke, Theodore Martin, Michael Nixon, Hung Kai Peng, John Phillips, Lee Postier, Andrew Power, Thomas Randolph III, Nicholas Saxon, Kyle Stockamp, Brandon Tutewohl, Karl Wallskog, Dustin Williams, Eric Williamson, Trevor Wold, and Anthony Woodard. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On April 24, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Jeffrey Ayo, Benedict Buerke, Edward Carballosa, Lee Clifford, Paul DiOrio, Thurman Dunn II, Fernando Erazo Marquez, Joshua Gillespie, Jennifer Grywalski, Matthew Hall, Mark Hansen, Eric Hart, Scott Henry, David Isenberg, William Lane III, Thomas Lawler, Rein Lewis, John Malinowski, Charles Price, Justin Price, Richard Robichaud, Carib Sampson Miranda, Christopher Scott Jr., Brian Smith, Shaun Steinbarger, and Jason Zimmermann. Domicile Events Do you know how to check APA’s master calendar for upcoming events and confirm your attendance? This short video provides a tutorial. Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Retirement Party on April 27; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on May 8; Family Awareness lunch in Dana Point on May 9; IMAX and TTS Training at the San Diego Yacht Club on May 10; Family Awareness lunch in San Diego on May 14; Family Awareness lunch in Temecula on May 15 LGA: Refinery Rooftop Social on May 18; New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: Air Dot Show at FLL on May 11 and 12 ORD: Domicile Meeting on May 1; IMAX Training on May 1; Contract Compliance Training on May 2; Retirement Party on May 4; Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 DFW Domicile Election Electronic voting for the Runoff Round of the DFW Domicile Election closes at 1200 Central on April 30. For more infomation, visit the Elections page on AlliedPilots.org. Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Communications Committee: Membership Referendum for Proposed APA Constitution and Bylaws Amendments  Government Affairs Committee: The Power of the PAC Joint Implementation Action Committee: Update #2 on New Jumpseat Reservation System (JRS) Scheduling Committee: May 2024 PBS Awards Check Pilot Committee: “Line Rotations Not for Proficiency Flying” Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (1) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Appeal Board (1) Captain’s Authority Committee (3) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (6) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs What time frame can be expected when Professional Standards is working an issue? Professional Standards issues will normally be resolved within a few days. Due to scheduling complexities, some cases may take longer. The expectation is that committee volunteers will be as timely as possible and not delay the processing of any issue submitted to the PS committee. Most cases are resolved within two days. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel The PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge is scheduled for May 23-26 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel can get free tickets, a parking pass, and access to a hospitality tent for one day of the tournament. Click here for more information . If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. 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APA News Digest: April 19, 2024

APA News Digest April 19, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Expedited Presidential Grievance: Enforcement of PBS MOU “Please Listen to the Pilots” Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Reserve Pilots Moving Days Off Contract Compliance Committee: Register for Contract Training at ORD Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee: Two Issues to Keep on Your Radar Joint Implementation Action Committee:  New Jumpseat Reservation System (JRS) Hotel Committee: Calling for Your Transportation STOP Committee: APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Membership Committee: Gone West Presidential Constitutional Interpretation Domicile Events DFW Domicile Election Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Longtime APA Employee Gets Surprise Sendoff Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Expedited Presidential Grievance: Enforcement of PBS MOU In response to management’s mishandling of the May PBS awards, APA President CA Ed Sicher filed Expedited Presidential Grievance 24-083 today seeking enforcement of the PBS Memorandum of Understanding, financial compensation for pilots who are monetarily impacted, and penalties for not complying with the MOU timelines. APA is also seeking enhanced penalties to deter any future noncompliance with the timelines. Expedited Presidential Grievances are filed at the arbitration level and determined by a five-member System Board. APA has proposed three options for scheduling the arbitration. As CA Sicher acknowledged in his Wednesday update to the membership, management has previously failed to comply with the MOU timelines, but “this is far and away the most egregious instance.” CA Sicher likewise affirmed that APA “will not permit management to reinterpret binding contract language at will simply because it’s easier for them to do so. Instead, we will aggressively insist on full compliance.” “Please Listen to the Pilots” Last Saturday, the APA Safety Committee published a message called “ The Strongest Link in the Safety Chain ” that highlighted a significant spike in safety- and maintenance-related problems in our operation. Among the problematic trends we’re seeing: Tools left in wheel wells. An increasing number of collisions between aircraft being tugged or towed. Improperly closed out maintenance actions with repeat writeups (sometimes 20 or more in a row). That message warned pilots not to feel rushed or pressured into doing something that doesn’t pass the “smell test.” Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it safe. In a follow-up message on Monday, APA President CA Ed Sicher affirmed “we now have management’s full attention” regarding our safety concerns. “APA is squarely focused on finding solutions – which will require collaboration between the union and management – and management’s initial response to our concerns was encouraging.” The Safety Committee message also got the attention of the news media. Thanks to articles by Bloomberg News and the Associated Press , APA’s concerns received worldwide coverage. On Tuesday, CBS Mornings aired a story featuring APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer: “We’re telling our pilots slow down, take your time, and watch for these potential errors, because they’re starting to increase across the system.” Before moving on to an unrelated story, CBS anchor Gayle King said this: “Please listen to the pilots.” CA Tajer had another opportunity to share our concerns during a Thursday interview with WGN-AM in Chicago. Host Lisa Dent punctuated that interview with this: “It’s people like him that I want flying my planes when I board.” APA Contract Minute – Reserve Pilots Moving Days Off This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with another edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer discusses the two options Reserve pilots have for moving their days off within their schedules. Register for Contract Training at ORD This is a repeated message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on May 2 in ORD for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person at the Doubletree Hotel in Rosemont from 0900 to 1630 or virtually via Zoom. Additionally, in-person IMAX training is scheduled for May 1 from 0900 to 1200 at the Doubletree. If you plan to attend either session, RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for the food orders. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. IMAX training on May 1: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance Contract training on May 2: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on May 2 via Zoom: Click here to register . Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. Two Issues to Keep on Your Radar This is a new message from the APA Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee. We have become aware of two issues affecting pilots: 1. Last night, we received several reports of pilots unable to secure a jumpseat reservation at 2000 Central, eight days prior to departure. The new Jumpseat Reservation System (JRS) responded with a “could not be confirmed for this pass type” alert. Pilots reported being able to make a listing about 15 minutes later in several cases. We have forwarded this information to be investigated. Please provide a Jumpseat Debrief if you encounter this or any other issues with the new JRS. 2. Several pilots have reported their non-revenue travel listings do not include the FDJ AA designation in the remarks section. Agents have been trained to never issue a 1W/2W, etc., if FDJ AA is not in the remarks. The company is investigating the source of this issue and working on a resolution. If this happens to you, please ask the agent to look at your travel profile to confirm eligibility to occupy the FDJ. If they are unable, then kindly ask the agent to contact the SSC desk to get the FDJ AA added back in. Finally, the JRS is a new system for pilots and agents, and there have been changes to the system since implementation this week. If an agent is unfamiliar with how to find the “FDJ list,” please advise the list appears in CTRL F3 Option 3, as described in the “Sunset of pilot IVR system” Airport Excellence Advisory. New Jumpseat Reservation System (JRS) The following is excerpted from a Joint Implementation Action Committee message published on April 10. The new Jumpseat Reservation System went live on Tuesday in the Jetnet Travel Planner. Please take time to review the three-page User Guide on AAPilots > Resources > Forms/User Guides and in Comply365 > Pilot User Guides. The new JRS: Automatically creates a PNR in the Jetnet Travel Planner that simultaneously reserves your spot on the jumpseat list (by time of reservation), while also creating the accompanying non-rev listing. Allows an unlimited number of pilots to list for the flight deck jumpseat. If a pilot ahead of you on the jumpseat list deletes his or her listing, you automatically move up on the list. Fixes the “time of check in” issue that pilots currently face when a “Primary” cancels a listing within 24 hours. Provides visibility of mainline jumpseat availability and listings, including full names of listed pilots directly in the Travel Planner. Name visibility and jumpseat availability are restricted to mainline pilots only. Introduces the functionality to reserve the jumpseat using a D1 to improve your position on the non-rev list. If accommodated in the cabin, normal D1 pass deduction rules will apply. If accommodated in the jumpseat, no D1 pass will be deducted. Your position on the jumpseat list will continue to be by “time of reservation”; D1 status does not have an impact on your position on the jumpseat list. Allows for a “PNR rollover” during a cancellation scenario that preserves your time of check in, maintains your pass status (D1/D2), and retains the “FDJ AA” note in your listing (so that you are automatically considered for the jumpseat). The pre-existing jumpseat reservation(s) are retained for the pilot(s) on the flight to which you are being rolled over; this ensures predictability and assurance when a pilot makes a jumpseat listing. Calling for Your Transportation This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. We are seeing an increasing number of airports that are not allowing hotel shuttles and third-party transportation to idle curbside while waiting for aircrew. Unfortunately, this is driving a higher number of debriefs because crews are understandably frustrated that they are having to wait for their pickup. Often, the response to the debrief is that the van did a “drive-by” when they thought the crew would be in place for pickup, and the crew was not there yet, so they had to circle back around. At large airports during peak hours, this can take a long time. We recommend that you call for pickup when all crew members taking the transportation to the hotel are off the aircraft and walking toward the exit. Tell the dispatcher you are on your way and try to give an accurate time for pickup if asked. If you are uncertain how long it will take, let them know that. While it’s tempting to try and arrange for the driver to beat you to the curb, giving them accurate information is often the quickest way to get to the hotel. Remember to check the APA Hotel Webpages for detailed information on transportation pickup for each airport. Please provide feedback on the webpage if you have details to add that could help fellow pilots. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 This is a repeated message from the APA Strike and Tactical Operations Planning Committee. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants will conduct systemwide picketing on May 9. We encourage you to show your solidarity with our flight attendants in their efforts to secure a suitable contract by joining them on the picket line. As we receive additional information about the picketing, we will pass it along. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since March 14, B777 aircraft 7AD has been written up 10 times and out of service four times for an ELMS (electrical load management system) P110 fault. It was most recently signed off on April 14. Since March 9, B737 aircraft 3FJ has been written up 10 times and been out of service nine times for a fuel imbalance. It was most recently signed off on April 18 and is restricted to Class 1 or 2 maintenance stations. UPDATE: Between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, B737 aircraft 3RF  had been written up and out of service three times for speed trim fail. On Feb. 6, it entered an MBV (main base visit) at an MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul). It returned to service on March 6, but an FCF (functional check flight) was not accomplished. It has since been written up another 14 times and been out of service 11 times. After an FCF with an NRFO2 management crew, it was signed off for this issue on April 17 and is restricted to Class 1 maintenance stations. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on April 16: Aldo Alvarez Jr., Randall Atkinson Jr., Ruben Azambuja Filho, Ryan Bachman, Jordan Benedict, Robert Benton, Aaron Bruns, Chelsea Carlin, Nathan Cave, Ryan Crum, Joshua Dolan, Gregory Evans, James Fraser, Nelson Gaker, Jordan Goodman, Nore Habib, Charles Hildebrant, Joseph Jasiel Jr., Brantley Johansen, Myles Kleinfelter, Kyle KonKolics, Tavis Lipp, Joel Locke, Julius Mc Pherson, Aaron Miller, James Morris, Fabian Pallares, Callan Phillott, Javier Quintero Ruiz, Joshua Reborchick, William Rice, Juan Rivas, Jesus Rojas, Kenneth Sause, Juan Schick, Jesus Shafer, April Smail, Andrew Stetler, Christopher Stewart, Anna Timberlake, William Wilhite, and Edward Wolfe. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On April 17, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Matthew Baxley, Jonathan Bourne, Michael Chrzanowski, Michael Conrad, Jack Cronan, Roy Frazel III, David Gallas Jr., Christine Hamilton, Trevor Johnson, David Johnson, Kyle Lanthier, Anand Lulay, Robert Macdonald, Christopher Patrick, Matthew Schwartz, Robert Stadick, Robert Thompson, Bradley Toussaint, Binto Zacharias, and Jeffrey Ziemann. Gone West This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of these pilots, whose deaths we learned of in March: John Nequist, 86, on Oct. 31; Steve Telepman, 83, on Dec. 2; Louis “Buck” Blake, 91, on Dec. 3; Robert Kozlowski, 75, on Jan. 25; George Vrla, 93, on Feb. 4; Charlie Kloac, 91, on Feb. 7; Rich Stofer, 75, on Feb. 7; Dan McLendon, 66, on Feb. 10; Harry Burchard, 85, on Feb. 11; Carl Huebner, 91, on Feb. 16; Ted Ramsey, 76, on Feb. 20; Bill Lynott, 95, on Feb. 23; Frank Lasota, 91, on Feb. 26; Ronald Oberhelman, 73, on March 1; Frank Ricketts, 75, on March 2; Ricky “TKO” Pierce, 58, on March 4; Gary “Inspector Clewseau” Clews, 71, on March 5; Kirk McFarland, 69, on March 6; Dave Harris, 89, on March 8; and Bill Spencer, 90, on March 17. Presidential Constitutional Interpretation Today, APA President CA Ed Sicher issued a constitutional interpretation as to the meaning of Article VII, Section 1.B.3 of the APA Constitution text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> here . Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: BOS: Domicile Meeting on April 23 DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on May 8; Family Awareness lunch in Dana Point on May 9; IMAX and TTS Training at the San Diego Yacht Club on May 10; Family Awareness lunch in San Diego on May 14; Family Awareness lunch in Temecula on May 15 LGA: Refinery Rooftop Social on May 18; New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: Air Dot Show at FLL on May 11 and 12 ORD: Domicile Meeting on May 1; IMAX Training on May 1; Contract Compliance Training on May 2; Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 DFW Domicile Election Electronic voting for the Runoff Round of the DFW Domicile Election closes at 1200 Central on April 30. For more infomation, visit the Elections page on AlliedPilots.org. Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Safety Committee: PBS Awards Error President: Presidential Grievance: PBS Awards Error Safety Committee: The Strongest Link in the Safety Chain President: Safety First. Safety Always. APA Information Hotline: APA Board of Directors Convenes Spring Meeting APA Information Hotline: APA Board of Directors Reconvenes Spring Meeting APA Information Hotline: APA Board of Directors Continues Spring Meeting APA Information Hotline: APA Board of Directors Resumes Spring Meeting APA Information Hotline: APA Board of Directors Concludes Spring Meeting Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (2) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (3) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Appeal Board (1) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs What happens with a management referral? When a Professional Standards volunteer and management member are both working the same issue, it is the responsibility of the volunteer to determine whether management intends to stay involved or is willing to hand the case over to Professional Standards. The volunteer and management will work together to determine if the issue could be completed through the Professional Standards process. If an agreeable resolution is not made, the parties are encouraged to elevate the issue to the national committee for resolution or guidance. In all cases, Professional Standards will not accept an issue if management remains involved. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Longtime APA Employee Gets Surprise Sendoff After 10 years at APA, Administration Manager Natti Hogan will retire in May. During this week’s Board of Directors meeting, the National Officers, Domicile Officers, pilot volunteers, and staff lined the hallways of APA headquarters with long-stemmed roses to give her a surprise sendoff. Free PGA Tour Tickets for Military Personnel The PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge is scheduled for May 23-26 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel can get free tickets, a parking pass, and access to a hospitality tent for one day of the tournament. Click here for more information . If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . 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Presidential Grievance: PBS Awards Error

Presidential Grievance: PBS Awards Error As the Scheduling Committee affirmed in its membership update yesterday, we became aware that not all pilot Vacation Extension (VEX) days were respected upon publication of the PBS awards, with hundreds of trips issued in error. In related discussions with management this afternoon, the Scheduling Committee conveyed APA’s position that pilots who were affected by this error should have the option to drop the trips and be paid. Management refused, claiming they don’t have to issue PBS awards until the 18th of the month and indicated they would be rerunning and publishing the awards this evening. The Bidding Timeline in the PBS MOU clearly states that “PBS Bidding Closes” on the “13th day of month prior @ 12:00 HBT” and that "PBS Award Official Publication" is “NLT 16th day of month prior @ 12:00 HBT.” The PBS MOU also states the following: “A pilot’s final bid award shall be available for review in PBS upon award publication.” In response to management’s incorrect interpretation of the language in the PBS MOU, I am filing an Expedited Presidential Grievance seeking enforcement of the MOU, along with relief in the form of financial compensation for pilots who are monetarily impacted and penalties for not complying with the MOU timelines. We will also seek enhanced penalties to deter any future noncompliance with the timelines. While management has previously failed to comply with the MOU timelines, this is far and away the most egregious instance, and we will not permit management to reinterpret binding contract language at will simply because it’s easier for them to do so. Instead, we will aggressively insist on full compliance. CA Ed Sicher APA President
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Safety First. Safety Always.

Safety First. Safety Always. By now, I trust most of you have had an opportunity to read the membership update the APA Safety Committee issued on Saturday detailing the adverse safety trends APA has been tracking. In response to my request, we met with senior management earlier this month to discuss the operational hazards we have identified. Thanks to the diligent efforts of the APA Safety Committee and Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee, we now have management’s full attention. We secured management’s commitment to involve the union earlier in the safety risk assessment (SRA) process, and we are likewise seeking a commitment that APA will have a seat at the table for the entire quality assurance process. APA is squarely focused on finding solutions – which will require collaboration between the union and management – and management’s initial response to our concerns was encouraging. As APA presses forward with its efforts to protect and enhance the margin of safety at American Airlines, we will keep you apprised of our progress. In turn, thank you for continuing to keep us informed of safety- and maintenance-related issues by documenting them via an ASAP Report or Maintenance and Technical Analysis Debrief – your feedback is vital. The data you provide cannot be ignored or dismissed. We have a responsibility to ensure a safe operation, and it is a responsibility your union takes seriously. Thank you for you continued vigilance in protecting our passengers and crews. CA Ed Sicher APA President
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The Strongest Link in the Safety Chain

The Strongest Link in the Safety Chain APA has been tracking a significant spike in safety- and maintenance-related problems in our operation. While United Airlines is currently under public and government scrutiny, it could just as easily be American Airlines. Among the problematic trends we’re seeing: Tools left in wheel wells. An increasing number of collisions between aircraft being tugged or towed. Improperly closed out maintenance actions with repeat writeups (sometimes 20 or more in a row). The removal of overnight maintenance checks unless the aircraft is written up or due scheduled maintenance. Pressure to return aircraft to line service to maintain on-time performance due to a lack of spares. Improperly issued Engineering Authorizations for damaged aircraft repositions. The absence of proper Special Flight Permits on international maintenance ferry flights. The abbreviation of Functional Check Flights when aircraft return to service after heavy maintenance or long-term storage. Increased intervals between routine aircraft inspections. An increasing number of items left in the safe area near jet bridges. Remember: Don’t rush, don’t be intimidated, and don’t be pressured into doing something that doesn’t pass the “smell test.” Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it safe. Be mindful of the hazards while operating on the ramps and taxiways in congested airports staffed with inexperienced controllers and ground personnel. Ferry flights and maintenance repositions have become especially problematic. Notably, the Flight Operations Manual, Chapter 22 under Non-Scheduled Flights, warns that “More than one quarter of turbine aircraft accidents happen during functional check, ferry and exhibition flights” (Source: SAFO 07-006). The Flight Safety Foundation echoed that statistic in an article . The FOM is clear: Captains must comply. In instances where foreign authorities may intercede, any pilot conducting Non-Scheduled Flight Operations must be able to vouch for proper documentation, including Engineering Authorizations, the application of MELs, and the tracking of repeat write-ups/troubleshooting. In certain categories of these flights – such as those operated under a Special Flight Permit – crews must physically possess and present the required documents confirming adherence to country and ICAO procedures, including proper Overflight Authorizations. While noncompliance in the United States presents certain risk to your career, noncompliance outside the United States presents a clear and present danger to your personal freedom. Recently, one of our crews had an in-flight emergency and recovery back into a foreign country. The foreign authorities gathered all documentation and meticulously inspected the aircraft status paperwork, interrogated the crew, and demanded they explain and justify the checklist procedures they conducted. Whenever you encounter a safety- or maintenance-related problem, document it via an ASAP Report and Maintenance and Technical Analysis Debrief . We all understand that aviation accidents are the result of a chain of events – often a series of errors – and catching just one of those errors could prevent a tragedy. As the last link in the safety chain, our passengers and crew depend on us to be the strongest link in that chain.
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APA News Digest: April 12, 2024

APA News Digest April 12, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Board Members to Host Town Halls During Spring Meeting Family Awareness Committee: APA Resources Highlighted at Sun ’n Fun National Communications Network: Thanks for the Conversations FAA Investigates Whistleblower’s Claims About 787 Senate Panel to Probe Boeing Next Week CEO’s Pay Package Grows to $31.4 Million Hotel Committee: Don’t Forget to Pay for Incidentals and Your Guests Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute – Reimbursements Contract Compliance Committee: Register for Contract Training at ORD STOP Committee: APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Viral Eclipse Photo Includes AA Plane Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Board Members to Host Town Halls During Spring Meeting The APA Board of Directors will convene at union headquarters in Fort Worth for its regularly scheduled spring meeting from April 15 to April 19. ( Click here for more details .) The Board is comprised of 20 Domicile Officers, many of whom will participate in a pair of town hall meetings next week. The ORD, PHL, and PHX Domicile Officers will host a joint town hall at 1715 Central on April 15. The BOS, CLT, DFW, and LGA Domicile Officers will host a joint town hall at 1800 Central on April 16. A few minutes before each town hall begins, all members in good standing from the participating bases should receive a call from Telephone Town Hall Meeting, the vendor that hosts many of APA’s town hall meetings. The number that will appear in your caller ID is 817-302-2171. We recommend adding this number to your contacts if you have not already done so. If you miss the outbound call, you will still be able to participate in the town hall by clicking a link on your domicile’s page on AlliedPilots.org. APA Resources Highlighted at Sun ’n Fun This is a new message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Ben Lyndaker of the Critical Incident Response Program Subcommittee represented APA at Sun ’n Fun, as did Benefits Department staffers Ashley Kurtz and Joanne Goldfarb. This week, we have been hosting APA pilots and their families at the Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo, the biggest and best airshow in the southeastern United States. The event continues through Sunday, and you still have time to join us for dinner between 1700 and 1900 on Saturday in our air-conditioned flightline chalet with private restrooms. Our presence at Sun ’n Fun is about more than food and fellowship. APA President CA Ed Sicher and APA Vice President CA Chris Torres joined us to hear directly from members in good standing, as did several volunteers from a variety of national committees. Two employees from the APA Benefits Department – Joanne Goldfarb and Ashley Kurtz – are also on hand to answer questions about the supplemental benefit programs offered to members and their families, such as Pilot Mutual Aid and Pilot Occupational Disability. Additionally, APA employs a team of Medical Advisors who provide pilots with accurate and detailed information regarding the FAA medical clearance and American Airlines sick leave processes. This information is typically conveyed over the phone, but three of these registered nurses – Marsha Reekie, Tina Smith, and Cassie Bien – are at Sun ’n Fun to meet with pilots face-to-face. APA Family Awareness Committee Chair CA Jerry Gemma and Deputy Chair FO Melissa Monahan Up next on the Family Awareness calendar: a St. Louis Cardinals game on May 5 for STL commuters. Similar events are in the works for ATL and BNA. Thanks for the Conversations This is a new message from the National Communications Network. LGA Domicile Vice Chair CA Jim Scanlan, FO Jimmy Deragisch, and FO Howard Kwon talked to pilots at LGA on Wednesday. National Communications Network volunteers and Domicile Officers engaged with more than 150 pilots this week during Concourse Conversations held at DCA, DFW, LGA, and PHL. We appreciate all of the pilots who took the time to share their views on our union, airline, and industry. The next Concourse Conversations are scheduled for April 26 at LAX and PHX and May 3 at ORD. We look forward to talking with you then. DCA Domicile Chair-elect CA Chris Wachter and FO John Fisher talked to pilots at DCA on Tuesday. FAA Investigates Whistleblower’s Claims About 787 The FAA is investigating claims made by a Boeing engineer who says that sections of the fuselage of the 787 Dreamliner are improperly fastened together and could break apart mid-flight after thousands of trips. The engineer, Sam Salehpour, detailed his allegations in interviews with The New York Times and in documents sent to the FAA. Mr. Salehpour, who has worked at Boeing for more than a decade, said the problems stemmed from changes in how the enormous sections were fitted and fastened together in the assembly line. The plane’s fuselage comes in several pieces, all from different manufacturers, and they are not exactly the same shape where they fit together, he said. Mr. Salehpour and his lawyers spoke in a virtual news conference Tuesday. The Seattle Times quoted him as saying, “I literally saw people jumping on the pieces of the airplane to get them to align.” APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer appeared on CNBC to discuss these reports: “Airplanes are not like Ikea furniture. You can’t just press them to fit and then jam in a securing bolt.” Senate Panel to Probe Boeing Next Week A Senate subcommittee will hold an April 17 hearing into Boeing’s safety culture, Politico reported, as the aerospace giant grapples with new allegations that another one of its premier aircraft may not be safe to fly. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is spearheading next week’s hearing of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, dubbed, “Examining Boeing’s Broken Safety Culture: Firsthand Accounts.” A witness list was not immediately made public, but Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour said he has been providing information to Blumenthal. Sen. Blumenthal, alongside Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), requested information from both the FAA and Boeing last month after receiving information from Mr. Salehpour. The subcommittee said it has also asked Boeing CEO David Calhoun for materials ahead of the hearing and requested that he testify. CEO’s Pay Package Grows to $31.4 Million American Airlines CEO Robert Isom brought in a total of $31.4 million last year, according to a regulatory filing released Thursday and highlighted by The Dallas Morning News . Mr. Isom’s pay package for 2023 was made up of three components: a $16.5 million direct salary, a one-time $11 million bonus that was reported in September, and a one-time $3.9 million annual bonus that was paid in 2023 but earned in 2022. Previous CEO Doug Parker made $7.24 million in his final full year as CEO in 2021 and $10.6 million in 2022. Don’t Forget to Pay for Incidentals and Your Guests This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. This is a reminder to please remember to pay all incidentals you have charged to your room before you depart the hotel. Every month, the AA Hotel Contracts team spends hours chasing down crew members through their base Flight Offices to have them pay their incidentals. A good practice is to never charge to your room unless you already have a card on file and make sure you have no unpaid charges at checkout. Additionally, you can request a zeroed-out bill before you depart. If you are staying at a hotel that offers complimentary meals or services for crew members, please do not assume that these privileges extend to your guest if you are having someone join you on the layover. Check with the front desk to see whether guests must be registered with the hotel and are included in any complimentary meals or services. A hotel that offers crews a very nice complimentary breakfast has indicated they are considering a policy change because crews are not paying for their guests. Please don’t abuse this privilege and cause us to lose our complimentary breakfast! For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. APA Contract Minute – Reimbursements This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with another edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer highlights the enhanced provision covering meal reimbursements and the new contract language regarding reimbursements associated with obtaining your first-class medical. Register for Contract Training at ORD This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on May 2 in ORD for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person at the Doubletree Hotel in Rosemont from 0900 to 1630 or virtually via Zoom. Additionally, in-person IMAX training is scheduled for May 1 from 0900 to 1200 at the Doubletree. If you plan to attend either session, RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for the food orders. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. IMAX training on May 1: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance Contract training on May 2: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on May 2 via Zoom: Click here to register . Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. APFA to Conduct Systemwide Picketing on May 9 This is a new message from the APA Strike and Tactical Operations Planning Committee. This week, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants announced it will conduct systemwide picketing on May 9. We encourage you to show your solidarity with our flight attendants in their efforts to secure a suitable contract by joining them on the picket line. As we receive additional information about the picketing, we will pass it along. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since March 1, B-737 aircraft 3LU has been written up nine times and has been out of service five times for an intermittent fire warning bell/light. It most recently returned to service on April 11. In the last two weeks, B-737 aircraft 3JY has been written up 10 times and been out of service five times for a master caution light illuminating with no other associated system malfunction. It most recently returned to service April 12 and is restricted to Class 1 and 2 maintenance stations. Since March 4, A321 aircraft 189 ’s left engine fire loop “B” has been written up 13 times and has been out of service six times. At the time of this writing, it remained out of service. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on April 9: Brandon Barban, Antonios Batson, James Beard, Aaron Bronson, Brandon Cespedes, Charles Cox III, James DeVore, Alexandru Firescu, Joshua Hall, Matthew Haskins, Timothy Hurley Jr., Matthew Johnston, Jonathan Kalina, Donald Lewis, John Mannone Jr., Daniel Mercado-Delgado, Yuri Miller, Vince Moore, Rupert Nuttall-Smith, Stephen Pike, John Pilong, Henry Pintz, Jesse Politis, Kyle Rassmann, Eldad Reich, Philip Riera, Andrew Riley, Justin Schultz, Kenneth Shepherd Jr., Adam Shramek, Justin Snow, Jacob Strope, Colin Swanson, Gregory Szajer, Adam Tallarita, Cyle Toney, Christopher Verrill, Maneesha Weerakkody, and Michael Wright. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On April 10, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Thad Amundson, Kent Boettcher, Oscar Carrillo Jr., Alex Evans, Andrew Fayen, Henry Foltz, David Johnson, Jason Keen, Christopher Krick, Melissa McDonald, Diego McKnight, Marc Monbouquette, Cory Naddy, Ryan Parker, Peter Penn, Matthew Ramirez, Teo Salatino, Mark Williams, and Binto Zacharias. Viral Eclipse Photo Includes AA Plane Click the image for a closer look. Kendall Rust, an amateur photographer from Memphis, took this stunning photo of Monday’s solar eclipse while in Jonesboro, Ark. The photo went viral on social media, and NBC News talked to Ms. Rust about her experience. According to Flightradar24, the aircraft in the photo is American Airlines Flight 2246 between DFW and JFK. The NS says the pilots on that flight were CA Mike Siegel and FO Josh Piper. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on May 8; Family Awareness lunch at MYF on May 14 LGA: Refinery Rooftop Social on May 18; New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: Air Dot Show at FLL on May 11 and 12 ORD: Domicile Meeting on May 1; IMAX Training on May 1; Contract Compliance Training on May 2; Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Joint Implementation Action Committee: New Jumpseat Reservation System (JRS) Communications Committee: APA Board of Directors to Meet Next Week Membership Committee: Potential APA Members Safety Committee: Clean Ramp “Gotchas” Information Technology Steering Committee: APA Robocall is Moving to Global Preferences Secretary-Treasurer: Vote in DFW Runoff Round Secretary-Treasurer: Did You Misplace Your Voting PIN? Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (2) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Appeal Board (1) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Can management continue with a traditional process after releasing a case to Professional Standards? No. Once an issue has been released to Professional Standards, management will not pursue action against an employee for actions contained in the referral. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans 100 Vets Who Give a Damn supports veterans by donating to numerous organizations. The group’s next meeting is Thursday, April 18, beginning at 1800 Central at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth. If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . 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APA News Digest: April 5, 2024

APA News Digest April 5, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... APA’s Future: Listening to YOU “A More Transparent and Responsive Union” FAA’s Mental Health Committee Recommends Changes Duckworth Calls on FAA to Investigate Boeing Sully Highlights Trust Issues with Boeing Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute: Reassignments Compass Project Committee: YOUnion 101 on April 10 Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans Golf Tournament Funds Scholarships for Female Pilots If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars APA’s Future: Listening to YOU Last month, APA volunteers and elected officials were in terminals nationwide, talking with pilots and gathering feedback. These were not isolated events. APA volunteers will continue to engage in Concourse Conversations across the system each month through the end of the year. You need timely information, you deserve transparency, and you need to be able to voice your concerns – and know that your union is listening and values your input. Now it’s time to highlight an important change for your union: The latest version of APA’s Strategic Plan is based on what we’ve heard from our members. The Strategic Plan is designed to codify APA priorities from year to year, integrate committee actions to make APA more efficient, and even help with resource allocation decisions – all to increase the value your union provides. Although the Strategic Plan has been revised, its overall goal remains the same – to establish American Airlines pilots as recognized leaders in U.S. commercial aviation. This requires aligning the union and the pilot group in a common direction with a shared sense of purpose, as well as establishing APA pilots as leaders and stewards of aviation as we shape the future of the industry. As the union representing the pilots of the world’s largest airline, APA should serve as a benchmark for best practices, guiding principles, and operational standards. Based on industry analysis and a deep dive into our own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, the plan focuses on four primary areas: Organizational Structure – Grow into an adaptive, collaborative organization. Pilot Engagement and Support – Foster unity and solidarity within the pilot group. Professional Development – Develop standard-setting leaders, volunteers, and pilots. Influence Aviation Industry – Serve as primary advocates and consensus builders. We will address each of these areas and their defined objectives in future membership updates as we walk you through the revised Strategic Plan, and our National Communications Network volunteers will have additional information on each element of the plan during Concourse Conversations. In the coming weeks, please continue to send us your SoundOffs , provide your feedback to NCN volunteers in the terminals, and engage your domicile representatives. Your voice is our future. “A More Transparent and Responsive Union” LGA Domicile Chair CA Lawrence Cutler and DFW Domicile Vice Chair FO Jason Gustin are members of the Board Steering Committee. In this short video , they talk about how your elected representatives are working to improve APA where meaningful change can be made while continuing to do what the union does well. As a reminder, the APA Board of Directors will convene at union headquarters in Fort Worth for its regularly scheduled spring meeting on April 15. The agenda will include a 60-minute Membership text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;">Click here for more details . FAA’s Mental Health Committee Recommends Changes In December, the FAA chartered the Mental Health margin-bottom: 1rem; box-sizing: border-box;"> Create a non-punitive pathway for disclosing mental health conditions and treatments. Ensure that aeromedical screening protocols and requirements are based on Safety Management System principles (i.e., proportionate, relevant, and risk-based) and appropriately communicated to applicants. Expand the use and promotion of peer support programs, such as Project Wingman. Increase mental health training and improve quality assurance for aviation medical examiners. Modernize the FAA's information management system. If you or someone you know needs help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach a fellow pilot at Project Wingman by dialing 848-APA-CREW, option 1. Duckworth Calls on FAA to Investigate Boeing Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois wants the FAA to take a closer look at how it responds to what she says is a pattern by Boeing of failing to disclose 737 MAX features to pilots. This week, the chair of the Senate’s Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation Subcommittee sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker, calling on him to investigate why Alaska Airlines pilots were unaware that the MAX’s flight-deck door was designed to automatically open during a rapid depressurization. That’s what happened during the January flight that lost a door plug at 16,000 feet. “Boeing’s failure to disclose this feature is chilling given its history of concealing 737 MAX information from pilots,” Sen. Duckworth wrote. Her letter was the subject of a report by CBS News , which turned to APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer for your union’s perspective. “We agree with Senator Duckworth,” he said. “As a fellow pilot, she understands the importance of informing pilots about safety-critical designs and systems. This nondisclosure of the cockpit door design just adds to Boeing’s rap sheet of withholding information from pilots. The FAA has got to stop this bad behavior before tragedy strikes again.” Sully Highlights Trust Issues with Boeing Last week, APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer appeared on CNBC to discuss the impending departure of Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun. CA Tajer said it’s going to take more than another round of musical chairs in Boeing’s C-suite to restore pilots’ trust in the manufacturer. “What I need to see is an airplane that’s been vetted, engineered, and properly assembled, so that I don’t have to run special checklists in an emergency,” CA Tajer said. “I just do my job and run the normal error trapping.” CA Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger highlighted the interview this week on his social media channels, where he wrote this: “Pilots and professionals throughout the aviation industry are sounding the alarm about Boeing. We are all counting on Boeing to put people before profits – safety before the bottom line.” APA Contract Minute: Reassignments This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. CA Jason Saxer is back with another edition of the APA Contract Minute . This time around, CA Saxer touches on the reassignment premium that is available to all pilots, including reserves. YOUnion 101 on April 10 This is a new message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project and APA Vice President CA Chris Torres will host a “YOUnion 101” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on Wednesday, April 10. YOUnion 101 is intended to be a “top off” for new hires, to explain the many services APA offers as well as opportunities to become involved in the union. 1100 Central on Wednesday, April 10 These Zoom meetings are intended for new pilots, but they include information that benefits all members. The information is presented by subject matter experts from several national committees. Click here to register for the April 10 meeting . Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since March 23, A320 aircraft 123 has been written up five times for the left engine oil pressure. It had five rejected takeoffs in one week. It most recently returned to service on April 3 and is restricted to Class 1 and 2 maintenance stations. Since March 21, the alternate brakes on A320 aircraft 030 have been written up nine times, and it has been out of service seven times. It most recently returned to service on April 4 and is restricted to Class 1 and 2 maintenance stations. UPDATE: Between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, B737 aircraft 3RF  had been written up and out of service three times for speed trim fail. On Feb. 6, it entered an MBV (Main Base Visit) at an MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul). It returned to service on March 6, but a functional check flight was not accomplished. It has since been written up another 12 times and been out of service nine times. At the time of this writing, it remained out of service. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On April 3, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Kenneth Asbridge III, Rob Blissett, Johannes Bruce, Martin Clarke, David Egner, Roy Frazel III, Mark Giles, Cristian Guardado, Juan Guardado Reyes, Demetrius Ingram, Jaison Joy, Dimitrios Karvounis, Scott Kulifay, Dawn Martinez, Christopher Miller, David Miller, Hector Palos Jasso, Joshua Rainwater, Marco Rincon, Jeremy Ryder, Frank Scelso III, Jonathan Walthers, and Eric Weber. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness lunch at MYF on April 9; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on April 10; Family Awareness lunch in Dana Point on April 11; Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on May 8; Family Awareness lunch at MYF on May 14 LGA: Refinery Rooftop Social on May 18; New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: MSY Crawfish Boil on April 6; Air Dot Show Tour at FLL on May 11 and 12 ORD: Domicile Meeting on May 1; IMAX Traing on May 1; Contract Compliance Training on May 2; Galt Airport Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on May 25 PHL: Philadelphia Phillies game on June 18 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Secretary-Treasurer: DCA Election Round Results Secretary-Treasurer: DFW Election Round Results Scheduling Committee: Important TTS Updates Scheduling Committee: Training Request Form and Vacation Options  Information Technology Steering Committee: My Open Time Beta is Now Available Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (0) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (2) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Appeal Board (1) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (5) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Is management required to use Professional Standards? No. Management is not required to use Professional Standards. However, management is encouraged to refer issues that are most appropriately addressed at the peer-to-peer level. Since 2016, management has been regularly utilizing Professional Standards to assist in resolution of cases for every appropriate opportunity. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans 100 Vets Who Give a Damn supports veterans by donating to numerous organizations. The group’s next meeting is Thursday, April 18, beginning at 1800 Central at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth. Golf Tournament Funds Scholarships for Female Pilots The third annual Francesca Norris Memorial Golf Scramble is scheduled for Oct. 25 at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller, Texas. This event benefits the Francesca Norris Memorial Scholarship, which awards advanced flight rating scholarships to women who are trying to become airline pilots. Norris, the daughter of retired APA member CA Brian Norris, died at the age of 25 in 2019, when she was serving as a flight instructor on a Piper PA-34 that tried to land at the airport in Gainesville, Texas. If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . 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News Digest

APA News Digest: March 28, 2024

APA News Digest March 28, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Completing the Communications Loop Contract Compliance Committee: APA Contract Minute: Enhanced Sick Bank and LTD Hotel Committee: TDY Hotel Selection Process Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class APA Holiday Schedule Government Affairs Committee: Do You Back the PAC? Domicile Elections Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Completing the Communications Loop This is a new message from the APA Communications Committee. APA’s strategic communications plan is designed to complete the communications loop with you, the pilots we represent. You need transparency, you need relevant information in a timely manner, and you need to know you can voice your concerns to your elected representatives and be heard. Beginning on March 18, every domicile had volunteers and base representatives in the terminals listening to pilots and gathering feedback. This was not a one-off. Your input is vital in our ability to make meaningful progress outside the framework of Section 6 bargaining, and with that in mind, we have plotted out when volunteers will be working Concourse Conversations in each domicile each month through the end of the year. The most effective form of communication is face-to-face, and your engagement is key. A common concern we heard from you time and again is TTS. You told us you are frustrated that the system is locked down and trades don’t happen easily or at all, you suggested more batch runs, and you reminded us that trips are locked down and therefore not tradable. You also reminded us the trip pairings are built to the legal limits, the days are long, and you want transparency with the Red/Green lights. You made suggestions about how to improve the user interface. We have taken everything you shared with us and passed it along to your Scheduling Committee. When the committee meets with management, having tangible data is key as we work on improvements to the system. Another recurring theme from you: how we can further improve the APA Pilot app. Several of you suggested adding a link to union updates and adding a calendar sync function. APA IT is already working on both updates. Others had questions about a possible change in the retirement age to 67, shared concerns regarding maintenance and Right Start Flights, cited issues with medical reimbursements, voiced frustrations with hotel wait times, and had questions about jumpseat procedures. In each instance, we have forwarded your questions and feedback to the relevant subject-matter experts within APA. As we go forward, please continue to send Sound Offs , provide feedback when you see National Communications Network volunteers in the terminals, and engage with your domicile representatives. Your feedback is what matters the most as we focus on continuous improvements in how we serve you and in the collective bargaining agreement that binds us all. It is your voice, our future. APA Contract Minute: Enhanced Sick Bank and LTD This is a new message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. APA Contract Compliance Committee Chair CA Jason Saxer is back with another edition of the Contract Minute. This time around, CA Saxer touches on the Enhanced Sick Bank provisions in our new contract, along with the changes to LTD. TDY Hotel Selection Process This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. TDY bidding will open late next week. We regularly get questions after the TDY bidding process is complete from pilots who missed their opportunity to select a long/short hotel or decline a hotel altogether. If you are considering bidding for a TDY or you are a junior pilot in your bid status who is vulnerable to a TDY assignment, please keep reading for a review of how the process works. All pilots who are awarded or assigned a TDY will receive a CCI message on the 7th of the month to notify them of the TDY for the following month. This CCI message will include a link to the ‘Pilot Hotel Preference and Waiver Page’ where pilots can preference their hotel option. Pilots can select ‘Airport/Short’, ‘Downtown/Long,’ or choose the ‘TDY Hotel Waiver,’ which pays the TDY pilot $2,000 in lieu of a company provided hotel room. This selection needs to be completed by 1200 Central on the 13th of the month prior to the TDY. AA is not able to wait until post PBS awards are published to make hotel assignments because allocations need to be accomplished prior to that point. If a pilot is awarded a TDY in a co-terminal location (i.e., JFK, LGA, EWR) the Fight Admin team will attempt to reach out to the pilot after the 18th to determine the most suitable option. APA’s PBS 3XP is a great tool to determine what kind of line or reserve schedule your seniority can hold in a particular bid status and can help you determine which hotel option is the best choice for you. If you bid for a TDY or are junior in a bid status with TDYs being offered, watch for a TDY assignment notification message in CCI on the 7th so you can properly preference for a hotel. For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. In the last month, A321 aircraft 170 right engine bleed air has been written up eight times and out of service seven times. It was last returned to service on March 26 and is currently restricted to AA maintenance stations only. Update: B737 aircraft 3AM was returned to service in mid-October from storage. Since then, it has been written up 40 times, and has been out of service 21 times for the cabin temperature being uncontrollable. It recently operated under Special Flight Permit to a maintenance base for repairs. It remains out of service and is restricted to Class 1 maintenance stations only. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On March 27, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Nathan Alcantara, Daniel Ball, Aaron Bandy, Christina Carroll, Collin Clark, Cornell Eyde, Nicolo Fatai, Juan Guardado Reyes, Wendell Gutierrez, Matthew Honek, Landon LaBruto, Caleb McCullough, Adam Milnes, Mark Nolin, John Novak, Edwin Otero, Stephen Peckyno, Shanita Polk, James Saver, Jeremy Swicegood, Juan Vallejo, Dustin Wilmoth, and Vladimir Yesayan. APA Holiday Schedule APA headquarters, including Contract Administration, will close at 1700 Central today and will be closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday. Contract Administration will be open from 0700 to 1900 Central on Saturday and Sunday. As always, your APA support team remains available 24/7. When Contract Administration is closed, calls will be forwarded to a phone service operated by Contract Compliance Committee and Flight Time/Duty Time Committee volunteers. Please note that call-back times may be longer than normal due to limited staffing. If your call is not urgent, we encourage you to wait until normal business hours resume. You may also want to consult the pilot volunteers on your domicile’s Contract Compliance Committee. Almost every domicile has one, and some of them have larger rosters than the national committee. Contact your local committee by visiting your domicile’s page on AlliedPilots.org and clicking the “Domicile Committee List” link. To reach a contract administrator, call APA HQ at 1-800-323-1470 and press Option 3. If you prefer to e-mail your question to the contract administrators, click here . For specific FAR 117/fatigue issues requiring immediate attention, you can also call the Emergency Help Line at 682-738-6670 manned 24/7 by Flight Time/Duty Time Committee volunteers. Do You Back the PAC? This is an updated message from the APA Government Affairs Committee. Your Government Affairs Committee maintains a constant presence in Washington, D.C., so we can talk to members of Congress about our legislative priorities . We are able to have direct access to members of Congress thanks to your voluntary contributions to the APA Political Action Committee. Last month, 6,128 pilots contributed to the APA PAC . That number represented 38.5 percent of APA’s active members. Click the image below for a closer look at each domicile’s PAC contribution rates in December, January, and February. Our Political Action Committee would be extremely well-funded if every APA member contributed as if his or her career depended on it – because it does. Click here to back the PAC . Domicile Elections Electronic balloting for the DCA and DFW domicile elections opened at 0000 Central on March 13. Pilots from those bases can vote for the following candidates through 1200 Central on April 2: DCA Chair FO Brandon Lightly CA Chris Wachter DCA Vice Chair CA Timothy Doreen Jr. FO Thomas Lawler DFW Chair CA Steven Pacheco CA Jon Sherrell CA Brian Smith DFW Vice Chair CA Drew Coleman FO Julio Gomez FO Jason Gustin For more details, visit the APA Elections webpage or review APA Secretary-Treasurer FO Pat Clark’s March 4 message: DCA and DFW Elections Electronic Balloting Update . Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness lunch at MYF on April 9; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on April 10; Family Awareness lunch in Dana Point on April 11; Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: MSY Crawfish Boil on April 6 ORD: Retirement Party on May 4 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee: Jumpseat Indicators Not Appearing Benefits Department: Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Is Professional Standards a step in the traditional discipline process (Section 21)? No. The Professional Standards program is an APA volunteer committee that does not involve discipline. A call to domicile Professional Standards volunteers should be considered as the first step: First call? Union first! Resolved issues submitted to the Professional Standards Committee cannot be used by management to support other disciplinary actions at any time in the future. The objective is to facilitate a change at the lowest possible level to prevent the need for a traditional discipline approach. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans 100 Vets Who Give a Damn supports veterans through numerous veterans’ organizations. The group’s next meeting is Thursday, April 18, beginning at 1800 CDT at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth. Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 American Airlines and APA will host a retirement information session from 1000 to 1200 Central on April 3 via Microsoft Teams. Future retirees are encouraged to attend. To ensure you get the most out of this seminar, click here to submit your questions in advance. How to log into the Microsoft Teams meeting: Click here from any device with Wi-Fi or cellular service. Enter the meeting ID: 283 423 147 987 Enter the meeting passcode: hnkJKH Click “Join a meeting.” Please note the speakers will be sharing their screens, so the recommendation is to use a device where you can view the presentations. If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: 0.2s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . 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News Digest

APA News Digest: March 22, 2024

APA News Digest March 22, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Thank You for Sharing Your Views “Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe” Hotel Committee: Be Wary of Switching to a Short-Layover Property Government Affairs Committee: A Big Week in the Benton House Government Affairs Committee: Medical Certificate Backlog on Congress’ Radar Disabled Pilots Awareness Subcommittee: New Resources Can Help You Navigate LTD Professional Standards Committee: APA’s Newest Professional Standards Volunteers Flight Time/Duty Time Committee: APA Hosts Industry-Wide Fatigue Working Group Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Membership Committee: Congratulations to Newly Upgraded Captains Domicile Elections Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Thank You for Sharing Your Views BOS Chair CA Paul McFarland and BOS Vice Chair CA Gemma Meehan were among the APA leaders listening to line pilots this week. At the direction of the Board of Directors, the APA Strategic Planning and Communications committees have put together a plan to enhance transparency and be more responsive to the issues and concerns affecting our membership. APA is committed to delivering on its plan to make your union more transparent and responsive and to continue providing our members with the level of representation and services you deserve. As part of this effort, Concourse Conversations were scheduled at airports nationwide this week. Domicile Officers, members of our National Communications Network, and other APA volunteers listened to line pilots’ concerns about scheduling, contractual issues, and other aspects of their jobs. Thank you to everyone who took time to share their views this week. Similar events will be scheduled soon. CA Adrian Radosav, FO Mike Hughes, and CA Andrea Hoover participated in Concourse Conversations at ORD. “Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe” During an interview with NewsNation this week, APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer emphasized the need for all airlines to take a close look at their safety cultures and maintenance practices: “We have watched airlines reduce checks and defer maintenance procedures that are all legal to do. But we have a saying in my cockpit – in all cockpits – just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe or smart.” Be Wary of Switching to a Short-Layover Property This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. According to the 2023 CBA, pilots shall be placed in short-layover properties for any layovers with ODLs of less than 13 hours, while pilots on layovers over 17 hours should be placed in long-layover properties. The Company has some flexibility for those layovers between 13 and 17 hours, depending on the market, but 15 hours should be used as the cutoff between long and short layovers. Sometimes crews are scheduled for a long layover and, due to delays, their layover time is reduced to below 13 hours. While it is acceptable to call and ask the Company to move you to a short property, APA does not always recommend doing so. We recommend you use caution when making the request, and first consider the drive time to the long-layover hotel. If it is not excessive, you are probably better off staying with your assigned hotel. Having the Hotel/Limo Desk change your hotel can take time, and sometimes you can be delayed getting into a new hotel in excess of the drive time saved. Additionally, most short-layover hotels do not have dedicated crew transportation, while most long-layover properties use third-party transportation, which tends to be timelier and more reliable. Additionally, you may be opening yourself up to a non-contracted hotel if our contracted short-layover hotels do not have availability. We often see pilots have the Hotel/Limo Desk change their hotel over a potential transit savings of 15 to 30 minutes, and it costs them more in the end because there is a much higher likelihood of issues with booking last-minute hotel rooms than with a normally allocated hotel. Your Hotel Committee provides this update to help you make the best choice for you and your crew the next time your layover is shortened! For more information, check out the recently updated QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. A Big Week in the Benton House This is a new message from the APA Government Affairs Committee. This was a very busy week at the Benton House on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with 32 members of the House of Representatives attending five events. That equates to 7.4 percent of the entire House of Representatives. The focus this week in Congress has been on passing legislation to avoid a shutdown. None of this week’s legislation includes the FAA Reauthorization Bill; the FAA’s current funding was extended through May 10. The general sentiment among legislators is there has been progress in the “conference” process and another extension for FAA will likely not be necessary. Medical Certificate Backlog on Congress’ Radar This is a new message from the APA Government Affairs Committee. Many pilots employed by U.S. airlines are ready to return to active duty from long-term disability, but their recertifications are being held up by the FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine. We applaud Rep. Jack Bergman of Michigan, Rep. Jake Ellzey of Texas, and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, who issued a joint letter to FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker this week that includes several recommendations for modernizing the Office of Aerospace Medicine. Among their recommendations: Establish fair and reasonable time limits on certification decisions of ALL classes of medical applications. Adhere to a single set of published, transparent standards for the purpose of medical application decisions. Establish a transparent and timely process for appeal of medical certificate denials. With assistance from the APA Aeromedical Committee and the APA Medical Certificate Working Group Ad Hoc Committee, your Government Affairs Committee will continue to highlight this important issue during our meetings with members of Congress and other policy makers in Washington. New Resources Can Help You Navigate LTD This is a new message from the APA Disabled Pilots Awareness Subcommittee. We have made several changes to the Navigating LTD page on AlliedPilots.org, which you can locate by selecting “DPASC/Navigating LTD” on the Quick Links menu. Those changes include the introduction of a Long-Term Sick/Long-Term Disability Flowchart and a video called “LTD: A Pilot User Guide.” These new resources reflect the relevant provisions of the 2023 CBA. Check out what DPASC has made available BEFORE you need it! If you have questions, contact us at 848-APA-CREW, Option 5. APA’s Newest Professional Standards Volunteers This is a new message from the APA Professional Standards Committee. Click the image for a closer look. We trained our newest cadre of Professional Standards volunteers this week at union headquarters in Fort Worth, with committee Chair CA Pat McGinn, Deputy Chair CA Linda Wackerman, and committee members FO Zack Harris, FO Evan MacPhee, and FO Leslie Sanders conducting the training. The Professional Standards Committee would like to welcome the following volunteers and express its appreciation for their willingness to serve: DFW CA Clint Early, DFW CA Stoddard Finnie, CLT FO Chris Gatz, BOS CA David Hicks, CLT CA Jeff Higgins, DFW CA Mike Masters, PHL FO Jeremiah McBride, DCA CA Eric Overturf, CLT FO Jenna Pitcher, ORD FO Kristina Schmidt, LAX FO Drew Uhler, and BOS FO Ed Vanidestine. This week’s training also included Sky West FO Madeline Chuss, daughter of ORD CA Ed Chuss. The two are collaborating on a project with NASA and the FAA on how Professional Standards can serve as a conduit for addressing generational issues. The committee also held a one-day training session this week for volunteers from other APA committees, along with members of APFA, IAM, and SWAPA. If you ever find yourself in conflict with another pilot or another union-represented employee, and you don’t feel comfortable resolving the issue yourself, make Professional Standards your first call: 817-402-2181. APA Hosts Industry-Wide Fatigue Working Group This is a new message from the APA Flight Time/Duty Time Committee. Last year, the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) – a joint venture between the FAA, industry, and labor – convened a Pilot Fatigue Working Group to study lessons learned and current challenges for managing and mitigating fatigue in the U.S. airline industry. APA Flight Time/Duty Time Committee Chair CA David Currier is a sitting member of this working group and hosted its most recent meeting at APA headquarters on March 20 and 21. On hand were representatives from the FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI), the NASA Ames Research Center, and fatigue risk management professionals and labor representatives from Delta, United, Southwest, JetBlue, Kalitta, Republic, USAJet, Atlas, UPS, and FedEx. The group has met on multiple occasions and is making good progress toward presenting the deliverables of the charter to CAST later this year. APA, through CA Currier’s participation, is one of the key contributors to this critical effort to refine best practices in the ever-evolving field of fatigue. We will provide further updates regarding the group’s progress as we are able. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since Jan. 27, A319 aircraft 029 has been written up 10 times for alternate brakes and has been out of service seven times. At the time of this writing, it was undergoing a maintenance check and was restricted to Class 1 and 2 maintenance stations. Between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, B737 aircraft 3RF was written up and out of service three times for speed trim fail. It began a main base visit at a maintenance, repair, and overhaul station on Feb. 6, and it returned to service on March 6. A functional check flight was not accomplished. Since March 6, it has been written up another five times and been out of service four times. It was most recently signed off on March 21. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On March 20, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Javier Almanza Munoz, Michal Baranowski, Gregory Barrier, Larry Boodoosingh, Bryan Buckingham, Derek Chambers, Regis Collomp, Abdeljalil Douiki, Daniel Duerden, Bradley Eilertsen, Damien Gangadeen, Lloyd Hedges, Lauren Hensel, Mark Hollingsed, Michael Lovern, Sebastian McNally, Dennis Meyer, Michael Millard, David Miller, Joseph Monaco, Stephen Peckyno, Julian Ponce, Joseph Riley, Austin Robinson, Joan Saravia Ruiz, Floyd Shoemaker III, Morris Taylor, and Steven Zalewski. Congratulations to Newly Upgraded Captains This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We would like to recognize and congratulate the following pilots who upgraded to captain last month. They are listed by their post-upgrade base and equipment. BOS 737: Robert Thompson CLT 777: David Piotrowski CLT 737: Braden McCormack CLT 320: Jeremy Swicegood and Connor Walker DFW 777: Dennis Meyer, Joe Riley, and Thomas Wilson DFW 737: Nick Allen, Aaron Bandy, Joshua Daneault, Daniel Duerden, Daniel Housley, and Dustin Wilmoth DFW 320: Mark Hollingsed LAX 777: David Bakony LAX 737: Gregory Barrier, Howard Bohl, Christina Carroll, Derek Chambers, David Egner, Thomas Hanrahan, Lauren Hensel, Matthew Honek, Adam Milnes, Joe Monaco, Jeffrey Rubens, Holden Saunders, and Vladimir Yesayan LGA 777: John Novak LGA 737: Nathan Alcantara, David Athay, Bryan Buckingham, Natalie Butler, Collin Clark, Regis Collomp, Abdeljalil Douiki, Nathanael England, Nicolo Fatai, Damien Gangadeen, Paulo Goncalves, Cristian Guardado, Juan Guardado Reyes, Matthew Hauke, Jaison Joy, Landon LaBruto, Scott Lebovitz, Justin McKay, Mark Nolin, Jon Norman, Edwin Otero, Hector Palos Jasso, Stephen Peckyno, Shanita Polk, Justin Price, Christopher Prout, Joshua Rainwater, Marco Rincon, Floyd Shoemaker, Morris Taylor, Juan Vallejo, and Eric Weber MIA 777: Robert LeBlanc MIA 737: Stephen Adams, Javier Almanza Munoz, Akil Andrade, Larry Boodoosingh, Jaime Esteban, Rohaan Khullar, Michael Lovern, Caleb McCullough, Michael McElveen, Sebastian McNally, Michael Millard, Mario Patterson, Nicholas Petro, Ken Quinlan, Paulo Ramos da Silva Filho, Joan Saravia Ruiz, Don Smith, Joshua Smith, Cameron Springstun, Stephen Stark, and Adrian Tutein MIA 320: Spencer Day ORD 787: Keith McRonald, Michael Milazzo, and Ronald White ORD 737: Walter Adams, Thomas Anderson, Michael Carroll, Conn McCarthy, Nicholas Moritz, Richard Pond Jr., Jason Schwecke, Philip Sevenz, and Collis Wagner PHL 787: Bradley Eilertsen, Neal Geeting, Daniel Hable, Julian Ponce, Eric Robbins, and Jamie Weidner PHL 320: Johannes Bruce, Richard Healey, Maggie Linn, Austin Robinson, and David Smith PHX 320: Stephanie Ericksen, Cornell Eyde, Edward Goodman, and Stephen Riggs Domicile Elections Electronic balloting for the DCA and DFW domicile elections opened at 0000 Central on March 13. Pilots from those bases can vote for the following candidates through 1200 Central on April 2: DCA Chair FO Brandon Lightly CA Chris Wachter DCA Vice Chair CA Timothy Doreen Jr. FO Thomas Lawler DFW Chair CA Steven Pacheco CA Jon Sherrell CA Brian Smith DFW Vice Chair CA Drew Coleman FO Julio Gomez FO Jason Gustin For more details, visit the APA Elections webpage or review APA Secretary-Treasurer FO Pat Clark’s March 4 message: DCA and DFW Elections Electronic Balloting Update . Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness lunch at MYF on April 9; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on April 10; Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: MSY Crawfish Boil on April 6 ORD: Retirement Party on May 4 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Secretary-Treasurer: Vote in DCA and DFW Elections Scheduling Committee: April PBS Award Review Aeromedical Committee: Dengue Fever Outbreak in Brazil Communications Committee: “Positive Rate” Episode 22: A Seat at the Aviation Rulemaking Table Communications Committee: We Remember USAir Flight 405 Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Will the other person know it’s me who made the call? Our cornerstones are: confidentiality, neutrality and transparency. We make every effort to protect the identity of the reporting party and, in most cases, anonymity is preserved. In a direct conflict between two parties there is little need for remaining anonymous. In a case involving observed behavior, maintaining anonymity is easier. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 American Airlines and APA will host a retirement information session from 1000 to 1200 Central on April 3 via Microsoft Teams. Future retirees are encouraged to attend. To ensure you get the most out of this seminar, click here to submit your questions in advance. How to log into the Microsoft Teams meeting: Click here from any device with Wi-Fi or cellular service. 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APA News Digest: March 15, 2024

APA News Digest March 15, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... We Want to Hear From You Presidential Grievance Filed Over Payments to Retirees APA President Meets With Key Senators “It Feels Like the Enemy is Within” Hotel Committee: Quick Reference Hotels Document Has Been Updated Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee: Reciprocal Agreement Reached with Porter Airlines Family Awareness Committee: Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class Domicile Elections Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars We Want to Hear From You The following is excerpted from today’s Joint Leadership message. As we continue to experience life under our first new collectively bargained agreement in more than two decades, we are focused on improving our communications and engagement with the APA membership as we move toward Contract 2027. At the direction of the Board of Directors, our Strategic Planning and Communications committees have put together a plan to enhance transparency and be more responsive to the issues and concerns affecting our membership. We are committed to delivering on our plan to make APA more transparent and responsive and to continue providing our members with the level of representation and services you deserve. During the next several weeks, we will detail what this new approach means for APA and its members. That starts with us having face-to-face interactions and hearing directly from you. Next week, Board members and National Communications Network volunteers will be in airports nationwide to listen to YOU. We want to hear directly from as many pilots as we can. Ask questions, vent your frustrations, or just let us know what’s on your mind. Help us better understand what we are doing well and what we can do better. Click here to review next week’s Concourse Conversations schedule . Presidential Grievance Filed Over Payments to Retirees APA President CA Ed Sicher filed Presidential Grievance 24-071 on March 14. This grievance protests American’s violation of Letter of Agreement 23-001 (One-Time Supplemental Payment), which is attached to the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement . American has failed and refused to pay the One-Time Supplemental Payment as described in LOA 23-001 to those pilots who voluntarily opted to retire pursuant to LOA 20-007 (VOR) and LOA 21-001 (VORR2). Paragraph 6 of LOA 23-001 provides that “An eligible Pilot who has separated their employment from American Airlines (i.e., removed from the Pilot System Seniority List), regardless of reason , will receive the Supplemental One-Time Payment for any Eligible Earnings received during the Relevant Period.” Despite the clear language of LOA-23-001, American refuses to make the Supplemental One-Time Payment to those pilots who retired pursuant to VOR and VORR2 even when they meet all the conditions described to be eligible. The grievance seeks the following relief: An order directing American to immediately cease and desist refusing to pay the One-Time Supplemental Payment (per LOA 23-001) to those pilots who retired via LOA 20-007 (VOR) or LOA 21-001 (VORR2). An order directing American to immediately comply and maintain compliance with LOA 23-001, all other related sections of the Agreement, and past practices. An order directing American to pay the One-Time Supplemental Payment (per LOA 23-001) to those pilots who retired via LOA 20-007 (VOR) or LOA 21-001 (VORR2). Any other appropriate relief. The next step is to schedule the appeal hearing before the Vice President of Flight. We expect to schedule that hearing in late March or early April. APA will continue using every tool at our dispoal to fight for our members – whether they’re active or retired – to ensure that American complies with all contractual provisions and letters of agreement. APA President Meets With Key Senators APA President CA Ed Sicher and Sen. Tammy Duckworth. APA President CA Ed Sicher was in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with key members of the U.S. Senate. Along with Government Affairs Committee member CA Eric Jeppson and APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer, CA Sicher met with Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, who chairs the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation. They discussed aviation safety issues of importance to our membership and the traveling public. A second meeting was with Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who chairs the Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation Subcommittee. They were joined by Government Affairs Committee member CA Tim Knutson for a discussion about progress on the FAA reauthorization bill and related topics. “It Feels Like the Enemy is Within” Alaska Airlines said Tuesday its 2024 capacity estimates are "in flux" due to federal scrutiny of Boeing. United Airlines said it asked Boeing to stop building planes not yet certified by the FAA. Southwest Airlines said it cut its capacity forecast, citing fewer Boeing deliveries than expected. With the plane manufacturer’s numerous issues affecting the rest of the industry, CNBC’s Last Call contacted APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer for a second interview in as many weeks. “Boeing airplanes saved my tail many times in combat. The enemy was outside the airplane,” CA Tajer said Tuesday. “Now it feels like the enemy is within.” Last Saturday, the body of Boeing whistleblower John Barnett was found in a vehicle parked outside a Holiday Inn in Charleston, S.C. Mr. Barnett, who had retired to Louisiana, was in South Carolina last week to testify in a deposition related to problems he identified at Boeing’s plant there. A coroner said he died from “what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” but police are investigating. His death prompted News Nation to book CA Tajer for an interview . “Every day is a new disclosure and a new shock to us,” CA Tajer said. “We’ll never cease being shocked, but we’ll also never cease to fight to protect our passengers.” Quick Reference Hotels Document Has Been Updated This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. Version 2.0 of the QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document is live. This resource answers 99 percent of all hotel, transportation, and layover questions while providing helpful solutions. You can find the QRH link at the top of each Hotel Webpage on AlliedPilots.org and within the Hotels section of the APA Pilot app. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Please send any QRH feedback or questions to hotel.chair@alliedpilots.org . Reciprocal Agreement Reached with Porter Airlines This is a new message from the APA Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee. Porter: American Airlines has reached a reciprocal jumpseat agreement with Porter Airlines, which flies to BOS, EWR, IAD, LAX, MDW, and MIA, plus other airports in the U.S. and Canada. Book a jumpseat via this page on the Porter website. For more details, see the Reciprocal Jumpseat Agreements list on our committee’s webpage . JetBlue: We have been advised that JetBlue management has had issues with accommodating jumpseaters on weight-restricted flights. If you encounter an issue, please file a Jumpseat Debrief . Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun This is a repeated message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Tim Dick, FO Natalie Anagnostou, FO Tim Jackson, CA Jerry Gemma, and FO Melissa Monahan The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo , the biggest and best airshow in the southeastern United States, is coming up in April. We plan to serve two lunches and two dinners in our air-conditioned flightline chalet with private restrooms. Please bring your family! The code for discounted tickets is APA995. Besides the food and fellowship, there will be significant information passed along. You can expect to break bread with APA’s elected officials as well as volunteers from national committees. As you make plans to join us in Lakeland, Fla., please RSVP for each meal separately so we can be sure to order enough food. Dinner from 1700 to 1900 on April 10 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 2100, with water available all day. Lunch from 1200 to 1400 on April 11 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 1700, with water available all day. Lunch from 1200 to 1400 on April 12 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 1700, with water available all day. Dinner from 1700 to 1900 on April 13 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 2100, with water available all day. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since Feb. 21, A321 aircraft 170 has been written up nine times for right engine bleed air. It has been on MEL and out of service four times. It was most recently signed off on March 9. Since March 3, the flight management computer/inertial reference system on B737 aircraft 3FB has been written up 14 times for items such as “it doesn’t allow a pilot to enter aircraft position” or “it fails inflight.” Also, erroneous alert messages occur in the scratch pad, and speeds disappear during takeoff. It was most recently signed off on March 12 and is restricted to Class 1 or 2 maintenance stations. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On March 13, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Stephen Adams, Akil Andrade, David Athay, David Bakony, Howard Bohl Jr., Johannes Bruce, Natalie Butler, Jaime Esteban, Neal Geeting, Paulo Goncalves, Zachary Green, Thomas Hanrahan, Matthew Hauke, Rohaan Khullar, Maggie Linn, Braden McCormack, Justin McKay, Mario Patterson III, Nicholas Petro, Richard Pond Jr., Christopher Prout, Paulo Ramos da Silva Filho, Stephen Riggs Jr., Eric Robbins, Jeffrey Rubens, Holden Saunders, Joshua Smith, Cameron Springstun, Stephen Stark, Adrian Tutein, and Connor Walker. Domicile Elections Electronic balloting for the DCA and DFW domicile elections opened at 0000 Central on March 13. Pilots from those bases can vote for the following candidates through 1200 Central on April 2: DCA Chair FO Brandon Lightly CA Chris Wachter DCA Vice Chair CA Timothy Doreen Jr. FO Thomas Lawler DFW Chair CA Steven Pacheco CA Jon Sherrell CA Brian Smith DFW Vice Chair CA Drew Coleman FO Julio Gomez FO Jason Gustin For more details, visit the APA Elections webpage or review APA Secretary-Treasurer FO Pat Clark’s March 4 message: DCA and DFW Elections Electronic Balloting Update . Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness lunch at MYF on April 9; Family Awareness lunch in Thousand Oaks on April 10; Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: Domicile Meeting on March 18; MSY Crawfish Boil on April 6 ORD: Retirement Party on May 4 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Joint Leadership: We Want to Hear From You President: 1995 Just Called – America West Wants its Business Model Back Scheduling Committee: September 2024 Vacancy Bid Captain’s Authority Committee: New CBA, Same AA Culture – Misbehaving Agents/CSMs  Communications Committee: Gone West: Captain David E. Harris Communications Committee: “Positive Rate” Episode 21: Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations Communications Committee: APA Board of Directors Spring Meeting Scheduled for April 15-19 Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs When I make a call, am I “turning someone in” to Professional Standards? No! When you call Professional Standards, you are utilizing fellow pilots, who are trained in handling peer-to-peer conflict, to resolve an issue that you are not comfortable resolving yourself. One of the first questions a volunteer will ask you is: “Have you tried to resolve this issue yourself?“ While resolving the issue between the two parties is truly resolution at the lowest possible level, many people are not comfortable with this scenario and utilize Professional Standards. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 American Airlines and APA will host a retirement information session from 1000 to 1200 Central on April 3 via Microsoft Teams. Future retirees are encouraged to attend. To ensure you get the most out of this seminar, click here to submit your questions in advance. How to log into the Microsoft Teams meeting: Click here from any device with Wi-Fi or cellular service. Enter the meeting ID: 283 423 147 987 Enter the meeting passcode: hnkJKH Click “Join a meeting.” Please note the speakers will be sharing their screens, so the recommendation is to use a device where you can view the presentations. If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . 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1995 Just Called – America West Wants its Business Model Back

1995 Just Called – America West Wants its Business Model Back American Airlines management has been busy for the past few weeks. For the first time in seven years, management hosted an “Investor Day” on March 4, using it to unveil portions of their updated business plan. The Investor Day and the J.P. Morgan Industrials Conference that followed gave us a peek into the company’s strategy and how it may affect our future flying. Unfortunately, the news isn’t good from our pilots’ perspective. Chief Executive Officer Robert Isom sees future profitability as dependent on growth opportunities in underserved domestic markets, with the crux of his business plan revolving around these marginal locations. In other words, the airline management team responsible for producing profit margins that badly lag those of Delta and United believes that opportunity beckons by taking on Southwest Airlines and the ultra low-cost carriers. Not mentioned once: defending the cornerstone cities that American Airlines’ historical business plan was built on, which produced a revenue premium. In his Investor Day remarks, Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja emphasized that “short haul is the foundation of value for customers and investors.” The importance of the Sun Belt, upgauging the airline (flying larger airplanes to smaller cities), and improving the domestic network were his primary focus. He mentioned “opportunities in El Paso” more than a dozen times. At least there’s good news if you happen to live in El Paso. But where are the legitimate opportunities for future growth that produce profits? Vasu remarked that long haul will be used “only when demand peaks,” signaling an intention to revert to the regional operation this America West management team cut its teeth on, albeit on a larger scale. Chief Operating Officer David Seymour followed up with an emphasis on operational reliability improvements and the airline’s ability to recover from IROPS “better than anyone else,” but he made little mention of how his original schedule construction will change to build robustness into the system from the get-go, thus avoiding the need to put the operation back together in the first place. He also didn’t address our persistently high reserves head count that far exceeds the industry average. American Airlines puts thousands of pilots on reserve who could be holding lines and flying more predictable, profitable, and efficient schedules. Our average reserve pilot flies approximately 55 hours each month, while the average lineholder flies more than 85 hours. Efficiency takes a back seat to reliability as long as David chases on-time metrics and emphasizes reliability while leaving thousands of reserve “firemen” on the schedule to put out the inevitable fires when his computer-generated schedules fall apart. Boeing recently relearned the hard way that ignoring input from its most valuable resource, its employees, is not in a company’s best interests. Yet American Airlines management seems intent on doing the same things over and over while expecting different results. Our schedules have been broken since before emerging from the pandemic. Narrowbody trips continue getting longer and more onerous. Average line values have not moved down appreciably, our trips haven’t been broken up into more manageable pieces that our pilots can pick up between large chunks of flying, and our trip trade lights have remained stubbornly red since David locked them down in September of 2022. Despite the promises, we’ve witnessed little if any actual improvement. Management’s “new” business plan doesn’t include a focus on improving operational efficiencies and instead centers on future short-haul revenue opportunities that may or may not produce profits. As we have seen from the recent foray into Austin, these well-intentioned plans are typically money-losers. The profits are almost never in line with our competition at Delta and United, which see the benefit of catering to the premium, business, and international customers that American Airlines appears to be abandoning. There is another problem with the new business plan. The increased emphasis on short-haul domestic flying also leaves the company on an inevitable collision course with our Scope clause. Section 1 of our contract is the foundation of our flying agreement, capping management’s ability to fly regional jets while also limiting their ability to fly from non-hub cities to other non-hub cities with RJs (spoke-to-spoke). This was the source of the most recent Scope violation that we arbitrated in February, with the arbitrator’s decision pending. The only ways out of this “square corner” the new business plan creates are absorbing one or more of the wholly owned operations, putting RJs on our seniority list, or attempting to renegotiate our Scope clause, and the latter will most certainly be met with virulent opposition. Investors didn’t like what management had to say, with American’s stock dropping while Delta’s touched a year-to-date high. It’s unclear why management wants to play in the ULCCs’ sandbox and try to compete for their price-conscious customers instead of fortifying and defending the strong hubs we once had in cities like New York that historically produced a revenue premium. If our paltry profit-sharing checks are any indication of the plan’s efficacy, we’re in trouble. The decisions made in the front office don’t bode well for those of us who thought we were being hired by a mainline flag-carrying airline that would provide us with widebody long-haul opportunities and remain solvent in the next inevitable downturn. America West 2.0? As your advocates, we will continue voicing our concerns to management about their stated plans. While we don’t run the airline, we possess a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge thanks to serving as the airline’s frontline leadership. We see firsthand what works and what doesn’t, and we understand what’s in our best interests as pilots. We are convinced American Airlines needs a significant course correction, and we stand ready to help make that happen by working collaboratively with management, provided management is willing to work with us. CA Ed Sicher APA President
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APA News Digest: March 8, 2024

APA News Digest March 8, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Majority of Members Happy with Contract and APA American Orders Limited to Narrowbody and Regional Aircraft Mainline Fleet Total and Widebody Percentage Comparison Analysts React to AAL’s Investor Day FAA Needs “Boots on the Ground” at Maintenance Facilities HBO’s John Oliver Skewers Boeing Flight Time/Duty Time Committee: Remember to Account for Daylight Saving Time Safety Committee: Learning and Improvement Team Coming to ORD Family Awareness Committee: Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Classes Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Majority of Members Happy with Contract and APA Using statistically valid random sampling across all bid statuses to ensure accuracy, the University of New Hampshire interviewed several hundred APA members between Feb. 5 and Feb. 16. During a special Board of Directors meeting conducted via Zoom today, pollster Phil Comstock summarized the interview results: 87 percent of respondents rated their current pilot contract as “good” or “very good.” 65 percent of respondents rated APA’s effort during Section 6 negotiations as “good” or “very good.” 60 percent of respondents had a “positive” or “very positive” view of APA. Click here to download a copy of the executive summary of the poll. A recording of Mr. Comstock’s briefing to the Board of Directors will be posted soon at AlliedPilots.org/Videos . American Orders Limited to Narrowbody and Regional Aircraft On Monday, American Airlines management announced new mainline narrowbody and regional airline aircraft orders, including 85 Airbus A321neo, 85 Boeing 737 MAX 10, and 90 Embraer E175 aircraft. The orders include options and purchase rights for an additional 193 aircraft. Despite what some media outlets speculated last week, management’s announcement did NOT include any additional widebody aircraft. Your Scope and SMART (Seniority, Merger, and Retirement Transition Ad Hoc) Committees will continue to analyze the details of Monday’s announcement to ensure that any actions taken by management are compliant with our Collective Bargaining Agreement, to include but not limited to our Scope provisions. Additionally, your Training Committee will closely monitor any potential new requirements that may impact how pilots are trained on variants of future aircraft. Mainline Fleet Total and Widebody Percentage Comparison The following is based on the most recent filings by American, Delta, and United. Total Mainline Fleet   2023 2024 2025 American 965 994 1,029 Delta 958 1,004 1,065 United 945 1,033 1,097 Percentage of Widebody Aircraft to Mainline Fleet   2023 2024 2025 American 13.1% 13.3% 13.3% Delta 16.9% 17.5% 17.6% United 23.3% 22.5% 23.4% Analysts React to AAL’s Investor Day Management announced its new aircraft order immediately before hosting the company’s first Investor Day in seven years. Airline analysts, investors and the media were invited to New York to hear about management’s plans for American Airlines. Here is the updated aircraft delivery schedule management filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission: The following comments are excerpted from the notes that Wall Street analysts provided to investors: JP Morgan “American … leaned more heavily than we anticipated into smaller market opportunities, which was obviously emphasized by the announced E175 order.” “Smaller, regional markets unexpectedly received disproportionate emphasis relative to both what we expected and versus what we typically hear from Delta and United.” “Note that as part of the agreement with Boeing, AAL negotiated financial protection given MAX 10 certification uncertainty as well as 321 neo options that could be exercised if Boeing fails to deliver as scheduled.” TD Cowen “American set targets through 2026 for EBITDAR margins and FCF, as well as a longer- term debt paydown goal. The airline aims to expand adjusted EBITDAR margins from 14% in 2024 to a range of 15% to 18% in 2026, generate FCF of over $3bn in 2026, and reduce total debt below $35bn by year-end 2028. Management estimates that every 1pt of EBITDAR margin improvement drives $500 MM in FCF.” “Investors we spoke with were encouraged, but wanted more detail quantifying specific revenue and cost drivers.” “Fleet Flexibility. American is excited about the long-haul opportunities it will have as it adds 787s and A321XLRs into its fleet. The team can pivot each aircraft type between various markets depending on demand and seasonality. For example, it can fly its 787s over the Atlantic in the summer and then to LatAm in the winter months. Its large regional fleet allows it to connect smaller markets to its hubs as its 76-seat RJs have a 60% cost advantage vs mainline narrowbodies.” Melius “American’s margin shortfall to the industry has been more of a revenue problem and that’s where the focus is shifting with an emphasis on connectivity, premium products, and loyalty, all of which are supportive of margin improvement. What is apparent now is the company very much knows who they are, laying out achievable targets to change the perception of the company by the investment community.” “Productivity will be very interesting to follow as we’ve yet to see it materialize since the return of travel.” “It seems unlikely you walked away from the investor day blown away as the messaging here was more evolutionary than revolutionary.” Click here to review the Investor Day recording and supporting materials. FAA Needs “Boots on the Ground” at Maintenance Facilities On Thursday, a Boeing 777 operated by United Airlines lost a wheel shortly after it took off from SFO. CNBC’s Last Call then asked APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer to discuss the latest in a series of troubling incidents for Boeing. “We’ve implored the FAA to put boots on the ground — like they did with Boeing — with the airlines, to include their maintenance shops,” CA Tajer said. After host Brian Sullivan said, “It was a miracle that nobody was injured,” CA Tajer noted that “miracle” was also used to describe the lack of injuries on the Alaska Airlines 737 that lost a door plug during a January flight. “We’ve got to stop counting on miracles and be the creator of a safe industry, and that starts on the assembly-line floor, out to the maintenance shops, and on my flight deck,” he said. HBO’s John Oliver Skewers Boeing Finding yourself featured in the main story on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is rarely good news. This week, it was Boeing’s turn. This irreverent but thoroughly researched breakdown of Boeing’s recent issues includes archival footage of former APA President CA Dan Carey plus archival audio of former APA Safety Committee Chair CA Mike Michaelis and current APA Safety Committee Chair CA Todd Wissing. Remember to Account for Daylight Saving Time This is a new message from the APA Flight Time/Duty Time Committee. At 0200 on March 10, most of the United States will transition from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time. Because we are “springing forward,” this is the one that can cause an issue with regulatory rest periods. While FOS is properly programmed to account for this change, it pays to be aware of our own legalities in the event of a data entry error or FOS outage. When confirming FAR or contractual rest periods that commence prior to the time change and end after, remember to account for the loss of one hour due to the setting forward of the clocks in those locations that observe DST. Learning and Improvement Team Coming to ORD This is a new message from the APA Safety Committee. Members of the AA/APA Learning and Improvement Team will be at ORD on Sunday, March 10, and Monday, March 11, to discuss how you, the members of APA, keep operations safe at this challenging airport. LIT would love to hear from any pilot transiting ORD on those days, ORD-based or not. LIT navigators, in uniform and wearing APA safety lanyards, will be asking pilots questions about ORD operations. Additionally, navigators can also be located in the following areas: At the center of the “Y” near K4 The hallway between H and K Splitting time between ops and the “Y” at the end of K (near K12) Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or the food court Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to talking with you. Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun This is a repeated message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Tim Dick, FO Natalie Anagnostou, FO Tim Jackson, CA Jerry Gemma, and FO Melissa Monahan The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo , the biggest and best airshow in the southeastern United States, is coming up in April. We plan to serve two lunches and two dinners in our air-conditioned flightline chalet with private restrooms. Please bring your family! The code for discounted tickets is APA995. Besides the food and fellowship, there will be significant information passed along. You can expect to break bread with APA’s elected officials as well as volunteers from national committees. As you make plans to join us in Lakeland, Fla., please RSVP for each meal separately so we can be sure to order enough food. Dinner from 1700 to 1900 on April 10 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 2100, with water available all day. Lunch from 1200 to 1400 on April 11 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 1700, with water available all day. Lunch from 1200 to 1400 on April 12 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 1700, with water available all day. Dinner from 1700 to 1900 on April 13 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 2100, with water available all day. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since Jan. 14, the left engine thrust reverser on A321 aircraft 975 has been written up 11 times, has been on MEL four times, and has been out of service eight times. At the time of this writing, it remained on MEL. UPDATE: Since Feb. 6, B737 aircraft 3NG has been written up 15 times for cabin pressurization, has been on MEL three times, and has been out of service seven times. It failed a functional check flight on March 7. At the time of this writing, it was out of service and restricted to Class 1 maintenance stations. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on March 5: Eric Abordo, Kevin Ardis, Justin Bradford, Ryan Brenner, Joseph Brown, Jason Bushnell, Jacob Cummins, Charles Eller Jr., Andres Galvez, Ryan Games, Robert Geiger, Matthew Gray, Gray Guthrie, Ethan Hall, Thomas Hudson II, Steven Huls, Jermaine Jackson, Andrew Kenny, Dmitriy Kheyfets, Joseph Lamb, Ashley Lampe, Kyle Luken, Ross Myers, Holden Nardini, Derek Needham, Matthew Neff, William Nichol, Rodney Nickel, Charles Ozanian, Brian Radler, Alex Rossmanith, Travis Sayers, Dustin Schraud, Richard Selby, Mason Sherwood, Gregory Sivers, James Taylor, Ryan Thomas, Jordan Urbanczuk, Austin Vance, Jason Whitehead, Bradly Winans, and Michael Yim. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On March 6, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Thomas Anderson, James Ashworth, Troy Buford, Frank Concepcion, Joshua Daneault, Alex Evans, Rondeau Flynn, Zachary Green, Richard Healey, Robert Leblanc, Michael McElveen, Keith McRonald, Dennis Meyer, David Piotrowski, Matthew Poisson, Kenneth Quinlan III, Eric Robbins, Jason Schwecke, and Don Smith Jr. Domicile Events Click the image for a closer look. More than 50 ORD pilots and guests enjoyed a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game last Saturday. Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness lunches at MYF on March 12 and April 9; Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: MSY Crawfish Boil on April 6 ORD: Retirement Party on May 4 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Secretary-Treasurer: DCA and DFW Elections Electronic Balloting Update Benefits Department: SMP Rate Adjustment Effective April 1, 2024 Membership Committee: Potential APA Members APA Information Hotline: APA Board of Directors Convenes Special Meeting Press Release: Allied Pilots Association: “Perceived Pilot Shortage is Over” Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Does Professional Standards only handle pilot-to-pilot issues? No! We support our pilots in the performance of their duties and interaction with many other entities. Almost every person with whom a pilot engages during day-to-day operations enjoys union representation. We have established relationships for working through issues with gate agents (CWA/IBT), flight attendants (APFA), dispatchers (PAFCA), and maintenance (TWU/IAM). In addition, we also work closely with ALPA, NATCA (air traffic controllers), SWAPA, USAOA (Cathay Pacific), and all of our regional carriers. In collaboration with the APA Jumpseat/Non-Rev committee, we also handle cases that arise between pilots of other carriers. In a nutshell: if you face a challenge with another employee, let us be your first call. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Retirement Seminar Scheduled for April 3 American Airlines and APA will host a retirement information session from 1000 to 1200 Central on April 3 via Microsoft Teams. Future retirees are encouraged to attend. To ensure you get the most out of this seminar, click here to submit your questions in advance. How to log into the Microsoft Teams meeting: Click here from any device with Wi-Fi or cellular service. Enter the meeting ID: 283 423 147 987 Enter the meeting passcode: hnkJKH Click “Join a meeting.” Please note the speakers will be sharing their screens, so the recommendation is to use a device where you can view the presentations. If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . 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Allied Pilots Association: “Perceived Pilot Shortage is Over”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Capt. Dennis Tajer, 847-902-8481/Gregg Overman, 817-302-2250 Allied Pilots Association: “Perceived Pilot Shortage is Over” FORT WORTH, Texas (March 8, 2024) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, cited the slowdown in hiring as further evidence that the U.S. pilot supply is sufficient to meet forecast demand and that the mandatory retirement age for pilots should stand at 65. “The perceived pilot shortage is over, eliminating any further need for policymakers to consider changing the retirement age,” said APA President Capt. Ed Sicher. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines all recently announced plans to slow or halt pilot hiring for the remainder of 2024. In an investor note this week, TD Cowen said this: “We now believe the demand is fulfilled and expect hiring to normalize in 2024.” “Safety considerations drove the establishment of the current international standard of age 65 mandatory retirement for pilots. Before making any change to this standard, we need data demonstrating the margin of safety would remain intact,” Capt. Sicher said. “No such data exists, and considering any change to pilot retirement age in the absence of supporting data would be ill-advised. Fortunately, there is no longer any perceived urgency.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.
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APA News Digest: March 1, 2024

 APA News Digest March 1, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Professional Standards Committee: “I Don’t Discuss That at Work” Communications Committee: FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days to Fix Quality-Control Issues IT Steering Committee: New Tools Designed to Make Scheduling Easier Compass Project Committee: New Papyrus Tool Helps Manage APA Documents Hotel Committee: Non-Contracted Hotels Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee: Resolving Issues with A12 and A1 Travel Project Wingman: “Everyone Struggles With Mental Health”  Contract Compliance Committee: Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 Family Awareness Committee: Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Classes Membership Committee: Gone West Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars “I Don’t Discuss That at Work” This is a new message from the APA Professional Standards Committee. Would you accept a fellow pilot trying to convince you to change political parties or religions in flight? Or course not. Currently, a segment of our pilot group believes that changing union representation will benefit us. There is a place for that discussion and debate. It is not in the flight deck. When you operate an airliner, your sole responsibility is to ensure the safe movement of that aircraft. It is unprofessional, unwise, and unsafe to lead your fellow pilot into discussing issues that could generate conflict. If your fellow pilot is addressing something that you find inappropriate for in-flight discussion, you have an obligation to respectfully end that discussion. There is no excuse for allowing even well-intended discussion to put the crew in the yellow. “I don’t discuss that at work.” It’s that simple. If you are flying with a pilot who is using questionable judgment in the topics they bring up, please contact Professional Standards at 817-402-2181 for confidential, non-punitive assistance. FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days to Fix Quality-Control Issues This is a new message from the APA Communications Committee. The FAA announced on Wednesday that Boeing has 90 days to come up with a plan to fix its quality-control issues. Two days earlier, the agency published a report from a panel of outside experts that found a “disconnect’ with respect to safety between Boeing’s management and the rest of the organization. One of the experts on that panel was APA Government Affairs Committee Chair CA Harvey Meek, who represented the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations. This week, APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer told National Public Radio’s “ All Things Considered ” that he can fly the 737 MAX safely, but he’s lost patience with Boeing. “Right now, we don’t trust ’em. It’s led us to ask, ‘What else ya got?’ Because every time something pops up, we learn that it has tangled roots deep down into the dysfunction of Boeing,” CA Tajer said. That NPR report and an article published by The Air Current both include CA Tajer’s picture of the Post-it Note he places on the 737 MAX instrument panel as a reminder to turn off its anti-ice system. “Easy to get distracted with other duties and miss turning it off,” he told The Air Current. “That’s why I use a decades-old technique.” New Tools Designed to Make Scheduling Easier This is a new joint message from the Information Technology Steering Committee and the Operational Analysis Committee. APA has made scheduling improvements a priority, and we are working hard on establishing applications and alerts that will enable members to schedule more effectively, despite the reluctance of management to institute these changes contractually. Our committees continue to improve the APA Sentinel app, providing a robust platform for contract monitoring and enforcement. The team is planning to release the following features soon: Reassignment pay associated with March sequences (100% premium in subsequent days reassigned). Pay posted engine will alert you for pay events that have not posted or are not the correct values on your HI1. Reserve pay forecasting. LC to SC conversion. Reserve flown into a DFP. Sequence protection. The ITSC continues to rapidly deploy and improve the APA suite of pilot-facing tools to fill the feature gap that exists in today’s IT offerings from AA. Expect additional standalone communication soon from the ITSC. In the meantime, check out OAC Chair FO John Wickham’s updates on The Line this week regarding the Commute Info and My Open Time tools. You can read them in the “Forum Technical Support and Announcements” section of The Help Desk. He also posted these updates in The AArena group on Facebook. New Papyrus Tool Helps Manage APA Documents The APA Compass Project Committee sent the following message to all menbers via the APA Pilot app on Tuesday. Introducing Papyrus, our new go-to tool for storing and managing APA documents. The name Papyrus is steeped in meaning: Papyrus was the writing material used in ancient Egypt, representing the dawn of recorded information and “symbolizing the enduring power of knowledge.” Our Papyrus tool does the same thing digitally, keeping our files accessible and organized. Papyrus was a versatile material, and our Papyrus tool offers similar versatility, supporting various file formats for our diverse needs and search capabilities. Papyrus symbolizes wisdom and communication. Papyrus allows APA members to store, search, and sync seamlessly, even while in flight with no Wi-Fi. Currently, only the Compass Documents folder is accessible due to the beta phase of Papyrus. Stay tuned for future updates regarding the storage of information for other committees. Non-Contracted Hotels This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. When there is no APA Hotel Webpage for your assigned hotel, it is a good indicator that you are staying at a non-contracted hotel. We create a webpage for a new hotel once AA has signed a contract with the hotel and an official CCI announcement has been made. If there is no webpage, then APA and AA, most likely, have not vetted this hotel. We see this often in our pop-up and overflow markets, in IROPs situations, and with off-schedule flights, as our contracted hotels may not have availability to accommodate additional rooms. We also see this during relocations, which can happen for a myriad of reasons. Can the company put you at a non-contracted hotel in these situations? Yes. Should you be concerned if you are at a non-contracted hotel? Not necessarily. Often these hotels are very good, but sometimes they are not. One of the concerns the Hotel Committee has with non-contracted hotels (and the source of many Hotel Debriefs on these properties) is that the hotel may not understand crew. When AA signs a contract with a hotel, the market specialist coaches the hotel on how to handle crew. Additionally, this occurs when we conduct a site review. There are many nuances for hotels to plan for when accommodating crew, like room placement and abnormal check-in/checkout times. When you check in to a non-contracted hotel, we recommend you take more caution. Is there a quieter side of the hotel you can request? Request a non-adjoining room if this is important to you. Do they have a late checkout annotated properly if your show time is after the hotel’s normal checkout? Please also understand that there will most likely not be a negotiated discount. Just like a layover at a contracted hotel, you can contact the Hotel/Limo Desk and/or the Duty Pilot to be relocated if you have issues. If you are unable to solve a problem, sometimes a quick call from the Hotel/Limo Desk to the hotel can help. Please debrief issues at non-contracted hotels so we can have AA look into the root cause of the issue or poor selection of the hotel. Sometimes we ask the company to move these hotels to a “do not use” list after receiving your debriefs. Resolving Issues with A12 and A1 Travel This is a new message from the APA Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee. Attention, TDY and other A12 listing pilots: Your APA Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee is aware of issues with confirming A12 travel for TDY pilots and anyone self-listing via CCI, Sabre, or AAPilots. Several affected pilots reported they were not assigned seats even though the required “E” inventory showed available. AA Flight has identified the reason these bookings were not confirmed. We have been advised the issue has been resolved, so pilots making A12 bookings should be confirmed if “E” inventory is showing available. If you have made A12 bookings and did not receive a confirmed seat AND “E” inventory shows at least one seat available, please cancel your listing and relist. Please refer to the Compass Project’s Deadheading guide for steps to verify flight inventory availability. A1: For pilots with allocated sequences with DH in the March 2024 contractual month – AA has advised there is an error in some listings that restricts pilots from importing their DH flight PNR. AA has identified the issue and will be applying a fix to affected sequences today. “Everyone Struggles With Mental Health” This is a new message from Project Wingman. When it comes to mental fitness, even Sylvester Stallone has something to say: If you or someone you know needs help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach a fellow pilot at Project Wingman by dialing 848-APA-CREW, option 1. Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 This is a repeated message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on March 7 in PHL for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person or virtually via Zoom. It will be preceded by a four-hour IMAX session on March 6 with no Zoom component. Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Contract training on March 7 in PHL: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on March 7 via Zoom:  Click here to register . IMAX training on March 6 in PHL:  Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun This is an updated message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Tim Dick, FO Natalie Anagnostou, FO Tim Jackson, CA Jerry Gemma, and FO Melissa Monahan The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo , the biggest and best airshow in the southeastern United States, is coming up in April. We plan to serve two lunches and two dinners in our air-conditioned flightline chalet with private restrooms. Please bring your family! NEW: The code for discounted tickets is APA995. Besides the food and fellowship, there will be significant information passed along. You can expect to break bread with APA’s elected officials as well as volunteers from national committees. As you make plans to join us in Lakeland, Fla., please RSVP for each meal separately so we can be sure to order enough food. Dinner from 1700 to 1900 on April 10 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 2100, with water available all day. Lunch from 1200 to 1400 on April 11 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 1700, with water available all day. Lunch from 1200 to 1400 on April 12 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 1700, with water available all day. Dinner from 1700 to 1900 on April 13 . Tent will be open from 1000 to 2100, with water available all day. Swamp Cabbage Fly-In: APA President CA Ed Sicher and MIA Domicile Chair CA Thomas Copeland were among the pilots who gathered in LaBelle, Fla., last Saturday for the inaugural Swamp Cabbage Fly-In. CA JD DeBoskey and his newly hired son, FO Drew DeBoskey, provided rides in their T-34, while CA Brian Vitale took people up in his helicopter. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since Jan. 17, the alternate brakes on A319 aircraft 029 have been written up nine times and been out of service five times. It was most recently signed off on Feb. 28. Since Feb. 6, B737 aircraft 3NG as been written up 12 times for cabin pressurization, has been on MEL three times, and has been out of service four times. It was most recently signed off on March 1 and is restricted to Class 1 and 2 maintenance stations. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on Feb. 27: Eric Alden, Justin Barnes, Jeremy Campbell, Matthew Catchings, John Chesnut, James Cox, Marcelo Da Costa, William Dove Jr., Benjamin Elkins, Daniel Farmer, Tyson Frost, Michael Gansmann, Michael Gemma, Brian Gerstel, James Halliwell, Eric Hernandez, Brian Hollenbeck, Jozsef Jonas, Brock Jones, Donald Kelly Jr., Ravi Khullar, Joshua Kirkland, Timothy Larson, Michael Linger, Matthew MacKenzie, Sean Meagher, Jon-Michael Miller, William Morris, Christian Olsen, David Orrego, Adam Pastor, George Quevedo Santamaria, Nathan Samson, Brandon Schultz, Nerieda Scott, Brian Sharpe, Cesar Soto, Curtis Spaugh, Derek St. John, Joseph Sterbenz, John Taher-Mugavin, Andrew Velkoff, Joseph Walker, and Robert Williams. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On Feb. 28, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Garrett Aubry, Robert Baker, Fernando Bonet, Michele Cortese, Spencer Day, Nathanael England, Edward Goodman, Daniel Hable, Mohamed Helal, Benjamin Huffines, Mark Jespersen, Eric Johnson, Franchesca Kiel, Matthew Kiss, Thomas Kudlek, Scott Lebovitz, Jacobie Sanders, Robert Santos, Tyler Schmidt, Jean Solano Badilla, Tony Sparacino Jr., Collis Wagner, Thomas Waidlich, and Jonathan Walthers. Gone West This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of these pilots, whose deaths we learned of in February: Dorwin Blair, 88, on Jan. 3; Kip Gordon, 73, on Jan. 5; Byron Cohron, 91, on Jan. 18; Ed Bassett, 81, on Jan. 19; Jim Davis, 90, on Jan. 19; Dave Bradt, 83, on Jan. 24; Vic Foli, 93, on Jan. 24; Carl Saunders, 90, on Jan. 24; Larry “Woody” Woodcock, 83, on Jan. 25; Steve Houtari, 74, on Feb. 2; and Andy Rolfsen, 90, on Feb. 12. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: MSY Crawfish Boil on April 6 ORD: Retirement Party on May 4 PHL: Domicile Meeting on March 6; IMAX Training on March 6; Contract Compliance Training on March 7 Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Will Professional Standards handle issues with Crew Scheduling/Crew Tracking? Absolutely! As you should be well aware, every call to Crew Scheduling/Crew Tracking (CS/CT) is recorded from the time you are connected until you hang up – even when you are on hold. While cases with CS/CT are rare, they do occur. There is a protocol for handling issues that arise with our colleagues in CS/CT: Conversations are reviewed jointly by Professional Standards and the CS/CT manager for resolution. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . 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APA News Digest: Feb. 23, 2024

APA News Digest Feb. 23, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... APA President and NTSB Chair Discuss Investigation Procedures Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations: APA’s Force Multiplier on Capitol Hill Don’t Forget Your Post-it Notes, MAX Pilots Safety Committee: Experts to Answer Questions About eAML Retirement and Benefits Committee:  Review Percentages Before Profit-Sharing Payout Hotel Committee: Help Keep Our Hotel Webpages Updated Contract Compliance Committee: Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 Family Awareness Committee: Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Classes Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ Foundation Aims to Support Pilots’ Spouses If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars APA President and NTSB Chair Discuss Investigation Procedures APA President CA Ed Sicher and National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy met this week in Washington, D.C., to discuss accident investigation procedures. Among the topics at hand: the chilling effect that identity disclosure has on the ability to collect critical safety information, with both parties agreeing to support protections against any unnecessary disclosure of documents that do not in any way advance aviation safety. Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations: APA’s Force Multiplier on Capitol Hill The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) plays a vital role for our membership in Washington, D.C. As the world’s largest professional pilot trade association, CAPA focuses primarily on advancing safety initiatives for its member unions. “CAPA is critical to its members. It puts them on an equal labor footing when participating at the highest levels of government,” CAPA President CA Larry Rooney said. “Along with the APA Government Affairs Committee, CAPA is there to advance our pilots’ safety, security, legislative, and regulatory priorities.” Click here to learn more about CAPA . Don’t Forget Your Post-it Notes, MAX Pilots Because the consequences are too grave to simply rely on memory, APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer puts Post-it Notes on the Boeing 737 MAX instrument panel as a reminder to turn off its anti-ice system. “This is what happens when you try to exempt your way to selling an Apollo-era airplane in a SpaceX world,” he told Christine Negroni for a recent New York Post article on the MAX’s problems. “You get inconsistent procedures and an airplane riddled with … points of failure.” Read more in “ How airlines, passengers and Boeing are dealing with the 737 MAX crisis .” A few days after that article was published, Boeing announced that it was replacing the head of its 737 MAX program. CNBC has more details . Experts to Answer Questions About eAML This is a new message from the APA Safety Committee. The electronic Aircraft Maintenance Logbook (eAML) was introduced to the 737 fleet in October, and the A320 fleet’s conversion to the eAML began last month. Your APA Safety Committee will host a panel discussion about the eAML via Zoom at 1200 Central on March 1. This event will include experts from APA, Tech Ops, MOC, and the Flight Department. Viewers will be able to ask questions live or submit them in advance by emailing dedwards@alliedpilots.org . Click here to register for the March 1 panel discussion . A recording will be posted at AlliedPilots.org/Videos as soon as possible. Review Percentages Before Profit-Sharing Payout This is a new message from the APA Retirement and Benefits Committee. The APA Retirement and Benefits Committee recommends reviewing your special election contribution percentages before 1500 Central on Monday, Feb. 26. The special contribution percentages in place at that time will be applied to your profit-sharing payout. You can review and update your special election contribution percentages on Fidelity NetBenefits or by calling the American Airlines Service Center at Fidelity at 800-354‑3412. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 0730 to 2300 Central (excluding all New York Stock Exchange holidays except Good Friday). Contributions from your profit-sharing payout will post to your Fidelity 401(k) account on March 6 and will be visible to you on March 7. Help Keep Our Hotel Webpages Updated This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. Don’t forget to check the APA Hotel Webpages before your next layover! The Hotel Committee maintains a page for each AA-contracted hotel, and our pages have more information than the HIDIR/CCI Hotel Info. If APA does not have a webpage for your assigned hotel, that’s a good indicator that you are staying at a non-contracted hotel. APA and AA have probably not vetted this hotel. Do not expect a discount, as there is no contract in place. We see this often in our pop-up and overflow markets, IROPs, and with off-schedule flights, as our contracted hotels may not have room availability.  Please continue to send Hotel Debriefs if you have an issue in one of these non-contracted hotels. (We’ll have more information on non-contracted hotels in next week’s News Digest.) Our Hotel Webpages feature tips from fellow pilots, including recommended restaurants and activities as well as suggestions about rooms to avoid. Don’t hesitate to add your recommendations via the “Feedback” links on each webpage, and please also use these links if you need to report outdated information on the webpages. We rely on our pilots to help us keep the webpages relevant, useful, and up to date. Changes to pick-up locations are often sent to us from a pilot ahead of company notification, and we can update the webpages quickly. Thank you to those of you who contribute! For more information on our Hotel Webpages, see the QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document, which should answer 99 percent of all hotel and transportation questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 This is a repeated message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on March 7 in PHL for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person or virtually via Zoom. It will be preceded by a four-hour IMAX session on March 6 with no Zoom component. Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Contract training on March 7 in PHL: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on March 7 via Zoom: Click here to register . IMAX training on March 6 in PHL: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance. Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun This is a repeated message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Tim Dick, FO Natalie Anagnostou, FO Tim Jackson, CA Jerry Gemma, and FO Melissa Monahan The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo , the biggest and best airshow in the southeastern United States, is coming up in April. We plan to serve two lunches and two dinners in our air-conditioned flightline chalet with private restrooms. Please bring your family! Besides the food and fellowship, there will be significant information passed along. You can expect to break bread with APA’s elected officials as well as volunteers from national committees. As you make plans to join us in Lakeland, Fla., please RSVP for each meal separately so we can be sure to order enough food. Dinner on April 10 Lunch on April 11 Lunch on April 12 Dinner on April 13 Meanwhile, don’t forget about the Swamp Cabbage Fly-In , which will be held from 0900 to 1600 Eastern on Feb. 24 at X14, the airport in LaBelle, Fla., in conjunction with the annual LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival. The fly-in, which was organized by APA pilots, will feature static displays of warbird and vintage aircraft, food/beverages, and guests from Miami Air Traffic Control. This is a great event for the whole family! If you have questions, send them to swampcabbageflyin@gmail.com . Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. Since Jan. 14, the left engine thrust reverser on A321 aircraft 975 has been written up nine times, has been on MEL three times, and has been out of service five times. At the time of this writing, it remained on MEL. In the last month, B737 aircraft 3DG has been written up six times for cabin pressurization. At the time of this writing, it was restricted to Class 1 maintenance stations. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on Feb. 20: Travis Barnhart, Tevin Belasco, Gerald Bragg, Aaron Briggs, Donald Burrell, Charles Canavan III, Johan Carlestav, Shelby Clay Jr., Joshua Cornic, Joseph DeBoskey, Conner Dempsey, Taylor Faircloth, Kyle German, James Guiry, Colburn Helppie-Schmieder, Marc Hepburn, Joshua Hill, Christopher Hill, Souhaib Kherif, Richard Kidd, Sean Kirker, Canaan Klaassen, Chadburn Lawrence, Brandon Morris, Sammie Perez, Regan Plath, Jared Powell, Alex Pretextat-Lecomte, Hieu Quach, Roberto Ramirez Irias, Maegan Ribera, Clark Roda, Brenda Romero Lopez, Matthew Rowden, Ryan Smith, Paul Smith II, Cory Southern, Meaghan Strickland, Colby Sutterfield, David Thomas, Adam Unruh, Serge Vandam, Thomas Watts, and Scott Wilson. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On Feb. 21, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Andrew Angelo III, Kathryn Bini, Michael Carroll, Christopher Carter, James Deatherage, Tarah Ernest, James Hogg, Sean Irwin, Robert Jackson, Thomas Kielty, Jeremy Mullins, George Nelson, Kyle Ozi, Travis Posey, Philip Sevenz, John Steinberg, Chad Stephens, Juan Villegas Rojas, Stephen Volpe, Jamie Weidner, Ronald White, and Joseph Wright III. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Domicile Meeting on Feb. 27; Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 MIA: MSY Crawfish Boil on April 6 ORD: Concourse Conversations on March 1; Chicago Blackhawks game on March 2; Retirement Party on May 4 PHL: Domicile Meeting on March 6; IMAX Training on March 6; Contract Compliance Training on March 7 Week in Review Here is a recent message you may have missed. Scheduling Committee: March 2024 PBS Review Summary Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Is Professional Standards suitable for conduct issues or performance issues? It may be suited for both. The program is designed to promote and maintain professionalism. It is well suited for any case, conduct, or performance when professionalism may be an issue. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 Foundation Aims to Support Pilots’ Spouses The Air to Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that was created last year to provide social, educational, charitable, and recreational opportunities for the spouses and domestic partners of American Airlines pilots. “We understand the opportunities and challenges of the travel industry, and if we have learned anything, it is that you can never have too many resources for support or opportunities to show appreciation,” the foundation’s president, Maria Perkins, said in a statement on its website. The Air to Heart Foundation will host two Zoom meetings on Feb. 29 to explain its initiatives in more detail. Membership is not required to learn more. Click here to RSVP for the meeting at 1100 Central on Feb. 29 . Click here to RSVP for the meeting at 1900 Central on Feb. 29 . If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . Connect with Us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube Contact Us: Phone - 817.302.2272 | Website - AlliedPilots.org
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APA News Digest: Feb. 16, 2024

APA News Digest Feb. 16, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Negotiating Committee: Contract Comparison 2024 Hotel Committee: Hotel Survey Auto Pop-Up Contract Compliance Committee: Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 Family Awareness Committee: Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Classes APA Holiday Schedule Domicile Events Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Contract Comparison 2024 This is a new message from the APA Negotiating Committee. The newly updated Contract Comparison is designed to provide factual comparisons on key contractual provisions between the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement and similar key contractual provisions in pilot agreements at Delta, United, Southwest, Alaska, Frontier, JetBlue, and Spirit. It does not include unratified improvements of any TA or CBA. We have broken this comparison into eight major sections: Pilot Statistics and Contract Durations Pay Rates, Per Diem, and Profit Sharing Other Pay Provisions Sick Leave and Vacation Work Rules Other Quality of Work Life Issues Scope Benefits The Contract Comparison was developed with the assistance of the APA Economic box-sizing: border-box;">We also add our thanks to the countless committee volunteers, subject-matter experts, and staff who contributed to the content and accuracy of this comparison. Although extensive effort has been made to provide clear and concise descriptions of certain contract provisions, this comparison should not be considered a primary source of contract language, interpretation, or valuation, and is provided for educational purposes only. This comparison focuses on key areas of the contract and is not a comprehensive review of every term contained within the collective bargaining agreement. Thank you in advance for taking the time to stay informed on your collective bargaining agreement. Hotel Survey Auto Pop-Up This is a new message from the APA Hotel Committee. Survey data is very important to our committee’s work. Thank you to the many of you who fill out a Hotel Survey after each layover. If the survey no longer pops up automatically when you open the APA Pilot app following a layover, follow these easy steps: Tap the settings icon (cog). Tap “Manage notifications.” Expand “Survey.” Tap the settings for “Hotel Survey.” Tap the switch next to “Notifications.” Tap the “x” or tap outside the dialog box. Tap “Save.” Please reach out to the IT Helpdesk at helpdesk@alliedpilots.org if these steps do not solve the problem. Thank you again for your time filling out hotel surveys! For more information, see the QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document, which should answer 99 percent of all hotel and transportation questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 This is a repeated message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on March 7 in PHL for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person or virtually via Zoom. It will be preceded by a four-hour IMAX session on March 6 with no Zoom component. Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Contract training on March 7 in PHL: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on March 7 via Zoom:  Click here to register . IMAX training on March 6 in PHL:  Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance. Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun This is a repeated message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Tim Dick, FO Natalie Anagnostou, FO Tim Jackson, CA Jerry Gemma, and FO Melissa Monahan The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo , the biggest and best airshow in the southeastern United States, is coming up in April. We plan to serve two lunches and two dinners in our air-conditioned flightline chalet with private restrooms. Please bring your family! Besides the food and fellowship, there will be significant information passed along. You can expect to break bread with APA’s elected officials as well as volunteers from national committees. As you make plans to join us in Lakeland, Fla., please RSVP for each meal separately so we can be sure to order enough food. Dinner on April 10 Lunch on April 11 Lunch on April 12 Dinner on April 13 Meanwhile, don’t forget about the Swamp Cabbage Fly-In , which will be held from 0900 to 1600 Eastern on Feb. 24 at X14, the airport in LaBelle, Fla., in conjunction with the annual LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival. The fly-in, which was organized by APA pilots, will feature static displays of warbird and vintage aircraft, food/beverages, and guests from Miami Air Traffic Control. This is a great event for the whole family! If you have questions, send them to swampcabbageflyin@gmail.com . Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. In the last month, B737 aircraft 3SS has been written up seven times and out of service four times for the left engine generator. It was most recently signed off on Feb. 13 and is restricted to Class 1 and 2 maintenance stations. Since Jan. 11, the left engine thrust reverser on A321 aircraft 975 has been written up eight times and out of service five times. It most recently returned to service on Feb. 16. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on Feb. 13: Matthew Abbott, Michael Anderson, Jose Avendano Jr., Brandon Badders, Milenko Bandur, Nathan Bearden, Casey Cardwell, Gustavia Cartwright, William Coggan, Joshua Crowell, Adam Dentinger, Michael Emmert, Emily Farris, Cameron Ford, Ariel Goldshmidt, Paul Goossen, Daniel Haines, Joshua Hartig, Bud Heath, Jonathan Holland, Craig Hollis, Cody Hudock, Benjamin Keefe, John King, Andrew LaBrecque, Alex Larson, Jon Lee, Pooja Lucas, David Meyer, Allison Miller, Charles Mohler II, Keith Moran, Jack Mullen, Gregory Norman, Kevin Parker, Nathan Pochomis, Nathaniel Redden, Jason Redlin, Corey Reed, Alexander Rhodes, Ryan Rockafellow, James Ryan, Abanoub Shehata, David Shnipes, Jeffrey Souza, David Sprick, Jeffrey Sternberg, Sean Tingley, Tyler Tracy, Anthony Tran, Jarrod Vines, Shane Ward, Christopher Weston, and Michael Williams. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On Feb. 14, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Justin Burby, Shelton Carpenter, Stephen Conley, Clayton Curnutte, Ashraf Dakwar, Yuhan Feng, Evan Gall, Jeffrey Gordon, Jon Gunlock, Renee Hudspeth, Alan Jagiello, Erwin Jocson, David Klein, Thomas Kudlek, Joseph Lagrone, Garrett Michel, Michael Milazzo, Christopher Miller, Bradley Mills, Nicholas Moritz, Kyle Ozi, Philip Sevenz, David Smith, Ryan Vellanoweth, and Richard Williams. APA Holiday Schedule APA headquarters, including Contract Administration, will be closed on Monday in observance of Washington’s Birthday, aka Presidents Day. Contract Administration will be open from 0700 to 1900 Central on Saturday and Sunday. As always, your APA support team remains available 24/7. When Contract Administration is closed, calls will be forwarded to a phone service operated by Contract Compliance Committee and Flight Time/Duty Time Committee volunteers. Please note that call-back times may be longer than normal due to limited staffing. If your call is not urgent, we encourage you to wait until normal business hours resume. You may also want to consult the pilot volunteers on your domicile’s Contract Compliance Committee. Almost every domicile has one, and some of them have larger rosters than the national committee. Contact your local committee by visiting your domicile’s page on AlliedPilots.org and clicking the “Domicile Committee List” link. To reach a contract administrator, call APA HQ at 1-800-323-1470 and press Option 3. If you prefer to e-mail your question to the contract administrators, click here . For specific FAR 117/fatigue issues requiring immediate attention, you can also call the Emergency Help Line at 682-738-6670 manned 24/7 by Flight Time/Duty Time Committee volunteers. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DCA: Retirement Party on June 29 DFW: Domicile Meeting on Feb. 27; Pilots For Kids Golf Tournament on May 20; Texas Rangers game on Aug. 6 LAX: Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 LGA: New York Mets game on Sept. 2 ORD: Concourse Conversations on March 1; Chicago Blackhawks game on March 2; Retirement Party on May 4 PHL: Domicile Meeting on March 6; IMAX Training on March 6; Contract Compliance Training on March 7 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Scope Committee: Scope Arbitration Update Joint Implementation Action Committee: 2023 CBA Implementation Update – Feb. 16 Membership Committee: Potential APA Members Benefits Department: WebTPA Security Incident Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Why isn’t management part of the Professional Standards Committee? This is a peer-to-peer program. Correcting behavior through peer engagement and awareness offers a potentially permanent solution. Management fully supports the work of the Professional Standards Committee by providing vast resources and thoughtful input toward improving the process. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . 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WebTPA Security Incident

WebTPA Security Incident On Dec. 28, 2023, WebTPA, the third-party administrator for the APA Voluntary Supplemental Medical Plan (SMP), detected evidence of suspicious activity on its network and immediately launched an investigation. While their investigation is not yet complete, WebTPA recently notified APA that it appears an unauthorized actor accessed information on WebTPA’s network. WebTPA is still uncertain as to the extent of the security incident and whether it affected any APA members. We will keep you apprised as we learn more from WebTPA. What we have been told is that certain WebTPA files containing eligibility information such as name, contact information, date of birth, gender, Social Security number, member identification number, and subscriber identification number may have been accessed. While we do not know for certain whether information relating to any APA members has been impacted by this cybersecurity incident, given the nature of the information involved, we encourage all members who are or have been enrolled in the APA Voluntary Supplemental Medical Plan (SMP) to remain vigilant in checking their financial statements, credit reports, and any communications related to their health care for suspicious activity. WebTPA has assured APA that it promptly initiated measures to mitigate the threat and further secure its network. The industry-leading cyber response team WebTPA retained has determined the incident is now contained and WebTPA’s information systems are secured. APA has also secured a commitment from WebTPA that it will provide credit monitoring and identity theft protection services, at no cost, to any members who may be determined to have been impacted by this incident. Once again, we will update you on this situation as we learn more from WebTPA. In the meantime, please direct any questions to WebTPA at webtpa.compliance@webtpa.com or 1-800-758-0989.
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APA News Digest: Feb. 9, 2024

APA News Digest Feb. 9, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Family Awareness Committee: Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun Compass Project Committee: YOUnion 101 on Feb. 13 Contract Compliance Committee: Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 Security Committee: Don’t Forget to File KCM Random Screening Reports Safety Committee: Weight Restrictions Flowchart STOP Committee: Flight Attendants Need Our Support on Feb. 13 Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Classes Membership Committee: Gone West Domicile Events Week in Review Executive Director Details Changes at Headquarters Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Make Plans to Join Us at Sun ’n Fun This is a new message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. CA Tim Dick, FO Natalie Anagnostou, FO Tim Jackson, CA Jerry Gemma, and FO Melissa Monahan The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo , the biggest and best airshow in the southeastern United States, is coming up in April. We plan to serve two lunches and two dinners in our air-conditioned flightline chalet with private restrooms. Please bring your family! Besides the food and fellowship, there will be significant information passed along. You can expect to break bread with APA’s elected officials as well as volunteers from national committees. As you make plans to join us in Lakeland, Fla., please RSVP for each meal separately so we can be sure to order enough food. Dinner on April 10 Lunch on April 11 Lunch on April 12 Dinner on April 13 Meanwhile, don’t forget about the Swamp Cabbage Fly-In , which will be held from 0900 to 1600 Eastern on Feb. 24 at X14, the airport in LaBelle, Fla., in conjunction with the annual LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival. The fly-in, which was organized by APA pilots, will feature static displays of warbird and vintage aircraft, food/beverages, and guests from Miami Air Traffic Control. This is a great event for the whole family! If you have questions, send them to swampcabbageflyin@gmail.com . YOUnion 101 on Feb. 13 This is a new message from the APA Compass Project Committee. The Compass Project and APA Vice President CA Chris Torres will host a “YOUnion 101” meeting via Zoom at 1100 Central on Tuesday, Feb. 13. YOUnion 101 is intended to be a “top off” for new hires, to explain the many services APA offers as well as opportunities to become involved in the union. 1100 Central on Tuesday, Feb. 13 These Zoom meetings are intended for new pilots, but they include information that benefits all members. The information is presented by subject matter experts from several national committees. Click here to register for the Feb. 13 meeting . Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 This is a repeated message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on March 7 in PHL for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person or virtually via Zoom. It will be preceded by a four-hour IMAX session on March 6 with no Zoom component. Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Contract training on March 7 in PHL: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on March 7 via Zoom:  Click here to register . IMAX training on March 6 in PHL:  Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance. Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. Don’t Forget to File KCM Random Screening Reports This is a new message from the APA Security Committee. The Security Committee would like to remind you of the KCM Random Screening Report . This valuable tool for gathering data is available via the APA Pilot app and our committee’s page on AlliedPilots.org. We have received a high volume of emails about KCM. Some things to remember: Pilots strongly advocated for the KCM program. Before KCM, crewmembers were subject to 100% screening. Also, the random rate is determined by TSA headquarters, not the checkpoint or the airport. You are not personally being “targeted.” When at the KCM checkpoint, it is important that the bar code on the KCM card is scanned, as that it the only proper way the random rate is implemented and documented by TSA. If you are directed to secondary screening by a TSO without having scanned the barcode, please indicate such in the comments section of the KCM Random Screening Report. When you scan the barcode, try to see what color is displayed on the TSO’s laptop. You may politely ask what color it is as well. If it is green, but the TSO directs you to screening, please note that in the comments section of the KCM Random Screening Report. Despite what is displayed on the TSA computer, the TSO does have discretion to direct you to secondary screening. The KCM program will soon be taken over by TSA completely and renamed the Expedited Crew Access (ECA) program. The TSA has engaged the APA Security Committee – along with representatives from CAPA, SWAPA, IPA, ALPA, and other labor groups – in its development. Weight Restrictions Flowchart This is a new message from the APA Safety Committee. The APA/AA Learning and Improvement Team (LIT) has published a flowchart that can be used as a tool for navigating weight-restricted flights. This chart incorporates suggestions and strategies shared by line pilots who routinely face weight restrictions. It is intended to help transfer that knowledge and experience to those who encounter weight-restriction scenarios less frequently. Use of this chart can aid in accommodating as many non-revenue passengers and jumpseaters as possible, as well as revenue passengers and cargo. The chart is located in Comply365 > Publications > Fleet Type > Flight Safety Folder. It can also be found by searching for “weight restrictions flowchart” in the search anywhere bar in Comply365, and it is discussed further in the APA Compass Project Captain Strategy Guide. Flight Attendants Need Our Support on Feb. 13 This is a repeated message from the APA Strike and Tactical Operations Planning Committee. APA President CA Ed Sicher, APFA National President Julie Hedrick, and APA Vice President CA Chris Torres The Association of Professional Flight Attendants will conduct informational picketing at more than 30 airports on Feb. 13. This event has been billed as the Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action . If your schedule allows, please make plans to stand with them that day. Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. In the last two weeks, A321 aircraft 850 has been written up and out of service six times for the right engine number 4 bearing having high oil pressure. At the time of this writing, it was out of service at a non-AA maintenance station. Since October, B737 aircraft 3HA has been written up 17 times and has been out of service 13 times for an L2 door air leak. It was recently operated under a special flight permit to a maintenance station for repairs. At the time of this writing, it remained out of service. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on Feb. 6: Kathleen Andrews, Robert Barlow, Benjamin Batey, Ramdhane Belhabchia, Craig Blitzer, Richard Bowers, Terrence Braddock, Christopher Branning, Jacqueline Cantrell, Brian Courchesne, Adam Crain, Stephen Davenport, Benjamin Denis, William Deveson, Jeremy Downs, Shane Dunn, Adam Endres, Vladimir Garcia, Jason Garner, Nicole Grenier, Paul Hale, Keith Hernandez, Zachary Huff, John Jaques III, Peter Kassing, David King, Ravi Kooma, Michael Landrum, Steven LeBlanc, Loren Marburg, Timur Mashurov, Warren Mays II, Ryan Nibbe, Edmond Niemann III, Miguel Perez Albarran, Sean Reagin, Blake Riggins, Lucas Riggins, David Schlener, Fumiya Shigematsu, Yuweng Shipek, Ryan Stack, Caleb Voss, Jason White, and Francisco Zurlo Redi. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On Feb. 7, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Walter Adams, Ricademus Breitwieser, Ayoub El Khoudiri, Stephanie Ericksen, Evan Gall, Justie Golay, Jeffrey Gordon, James Govin, Frederick Hill, Terry Hoeppner, Jeffrey Johnson, Adam Jolly, Franchesca Kiel, Conn McCarthy, Dorothy Norkus, Kenneth Orr II, Kristopher Prince, James Rathke, Nicklaus Richley, Paul Rutledge, Christopher Wachter, Jonathan Walker, and Thomas Wilson. Gone West This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of these pilots, whose deaths we learned of in December and January: Bruce “Dutch” Schmidt, 75, on Feb. 2, 2022; Ken Dooley, 89, on Oct. 31, 2022; Dick Larsen, 88, on Sept. 23; Bob Smith, 96, on Oct. 3; Curt Powell, 84, on Oct. 20; Pete Dodd, 73, on Oct. 29; Lorus McElyea, 102, on Nov. 6; Ken McKibban, 77, on Nov. 7; Frank Wnek, 74, on Nov. 11; Chuck Van Cleve, 92, on Nov. 18; Harry Cousins, 89, on Nov. 20; Larry Shaw, 76, on Nov. 23; Jesse Roseberry, 73, on Nov. 25; Jack Myles, 84, on Nov. 27; Bob Mahala, 90, on Dec. 2; Ron Mayhew, 86, on Dec. 5; Gerald Raymer, 87, on Dec. 6; Larry Vihtelic, 81, on Dec. 6; Paul Heinrich, 76, on Dec. 9; Bob Newfield, 86, on Dec. 11; Earl Polenz, 75, on Dec. 12; Mike Bode, 88, on Dec. 19; Andis Luters, 62, on Dec. 22; Barry Landers, 81, on Dec. 23; Billy Branom, 91, on Dec. 24; Bob Hoch, 86, on Dec. 25; Ralph Van Kerkhove, 99, on Jan. 1; Jerry McDonald, 87, on Jan. 10. Domicile Events Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: DFW: IMAX Training on Feb. 15; Domicile Meeting on Feb. 27 LAX: SAN Family Awareness Lunch on Feb. 13; Family Awareness event at Camas Airport on April 23; Family Awareness event at Boeing Museum of Flight on April 24; Family Awareness event at Rowland Freedom Center on April 25; Retirement Party on April 27 ORD: Concourse Conversations on March 1; Chicago Blackhawks game on March 2; Retirement Party on May 4 PHL: Domicile Meeting on March 6; IMAX Training on March 6; Contact Compliance Training on March 7 Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Government Affairs Committee: Update on FAA Reauthorization Scheduling Committee: Vacation Bidding 2024-2025 – Slide and VEX Secretary-Treasurer: DFW Domicile Election Update Benefits Department: WebTPA Contribution and Billing Errors Family Awareness Committee: Critical Pilot Response – California Storms Family Awareness Committee: JAX Family Day on March 3 Executive Director Details Changes at Headquarters APA Executive Director Andrea Duff recently announced some changes to the staff at union headquarters: • Administration Manager Natti Hogan will retire in May after 10 years at the helm of the Administration Department, and Benefits Manager of Group Health and Life Plans Penny Belew has been promoted to Acting Administration Manager. Ms. Belew will train with Ms. Hogan during the next few months. • Labor Attorney Wes Meyer has been promoted to STSAP General Manager. In this newly created role, he will work closely with STSAP Director Ray Duke on issues related to Safety, Training, Security, Aeromedical, and Professional Standards. • Amie Aronhalt has rejoined the Legal Department as a Senior Paralegal. Ms. Aronhalt was hired by APA as a Paralegal in 2011. She was subsequently the Senior Executive Assistant to the National Officers and, more recently, Document Information Administrator in the Information Technology Department. • Senior LTD Administrator Tamara Elery has transferred from the STSAP Department to the Benefits Department. This move will consolidate pilot benefits and disability within one department and allow for close coordination and cross-training. Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs What records are kept for Professional Standards? None. There are no individual case files kept, nor are there any records in an employee’s Permanent Employment History (PEH). Only non-specific, de-identified logs are kept to maintain generic trends and reliability of the program. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Future text-decoration: underline; background-color: transparent; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; cursor: pointer; box-sizing: border-box;" target="_blank"> Click here for more information . Industry News For more about what’s happening in the industry, be sure to visit the Industry News page on AlliedPilots.org . Connect with Us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube Contact Us: Phone - 817.302.2272 | Website - AlliedPilots.org
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Update on FAA Reauthorization

Update on FAA Reauthorization  Fellow APA pilots,  Your Government Affairs Committee is on the ground in Washington, D.C., monitoring the latest developments regarding the reauthorization of the FAA. This morning, the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023 (S. 1939), which is the Senate’s version of the FAA reauthorization bill. The House passed their version in July 2023. During today’s hearing, an amendment to the bill that would have raised the mandatory pilot retirement age to 67 was rejected on a 14-13 vote. The committee then unanimously approved a version of the bill that did not include any changes to the retirement age. The mandatory retirement age has been a hot topic in the aviation community. APA, in concert with ALPA and SWAPA, opposes a change to the mandatory retirement age. While today’s Senate committee vote is a significant development, the debate to raise the age is still not over. Once S.1939 reaches the Senate floor for a vote, this provision could be offered again as an amendment to the bill. Additionally, the Senate bill’s differences with the House bill will need to be reconciled in what is called a “conference.” The House of Representatives has included the increase to age 67 in their version. Although the retirement age issue has not been fully settled yet, there are many wins in S.1939 that your Government Affairs Committee has been tirelessly advocating for on your behalf. These advances have had broad bipartisan support. They include: Strengthening FAA oversight of foreign repair stations working on U.S. aircraft to ensure one level of safety and support for U.S.-certified mechanics. Improving a cabin air safety provision to advance rules for airlines to provide training and reporting for fume events. Expanding and increasing funding for the FAA Aviation Workforce Development Grant program to support the education and recruitment of pilots. We will continue to keep you updated on further developments as this bill reaches the Senate floor and is conferenced with the House. If you have further questions, please reach out to your Government Affairs Committee at CMTE-GAC@alliedpilots.org .
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APA News Digest: Feb. 3, 2024

APA News Digest Feb. 3, 2024 Editor’s note: Some links in this message will work best if you log in to AlliedPilots.org before clicking them. In This Edition ... Telephone Polling – We Need Your Input Under Pressure, Boeing Withdraws MAX 7 Exemption Request Former CEO Crandall: “What the Captain Just Said is Correct” Laser Attacks Hit Record High – Increase by 41% Concourse Conversations at CLT on Feb. 8 Contract Compliance Committee: Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 CIRP Subcommittee: Training Offered for CIRP Volunteers Safety Committee: Soliciting Data on Cabin Crew Complements Hotel Committee: Hotel Preferences for TDY Pilots Family Awareness Committee: Join Us at the Swamp Cabbage Fly-In Maintenance and Technical Analysis Committee: Pigs of the Week Membership Committee: APA Welcomes New Pilots Membership Committee: APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Classes Domicile Events CLT Domicile Election Week in Review Are You Willing to Serve? Professional Standards FAQ If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminars Telephone Polling – We Need Your Input In accordance with Section 4.07.A of the APA Policy Manual, APA will conduct telephone polling this month to continue to actively solicit your feedback. We will continue to poll the membership through a mix of methods (e.g., telephone polling and web surveys) in order to produce accurate results that are statically representative of all our members. The poll will be conducted by the University of New Hampshire, who will interview a number of randomly selected pilots across the system. Calls will occur from Monday, Feb. 5, through Friday, Feb. 16. Your input is important! If you receive a call, please take the time to answer and respond to the questions. Responses will be anonymous. Please look for the following information if a call comes in: All calls will come from 603-397-0660. Caller ID on landlines will indicate “UNH Surv Ctr.” Caller ID on cell phones will indicate “NH Call.” Call times will be between 0900 and 2100 (time zone appropriate). If the call is missed, UNH will attempt to call you back if additional sampling is needed. As more and more telephone carriers add “spam blocking” technology, some pilots may (dependent on carrier) see a message that says “spam likely” when the call comes through. This message may be generated based on the volume of calls the polling company makes. To avoid receiving this message, you may want to consider adding the number to your contacts. If you don’t receive a call from UNH in these next two weeks, you may be called in a future poll. We will continue to solicit feedback on a regular basis so that we can accurately gauge our members’ concerns and target our resources toward the continuous improvement of APA. Under Pressure, Boeing Withdraws MAX 7 Exemption Request This week, The Seattle Times published an article (“ Under pressure, Boeing drops request for a 737 MAX 7 safety exemption ”) that detailed how Boeing withdrew its request for an exemption for the 737 MAX 7 certification requirement to repair the engine anti-ice risk of catastrophic engine failure. APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer told the newspaper that Boeing’s decision to withdraw is “good news for MAX airplanes not yet certified, but we’ve got miles to go before we rest. There are hundreds of airplanes flying with this same exposure, dependent on pilot memory to avoid a failure . We need the engine anti-ice issue resolved on the hundreds of MAX airplanes that are flying today.” Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington – who chairs the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation – echoed CA Tajer’s reaction. “This is good news,” she said in a statement. “I hope this means [Boeing] can quickly develop a compliant design across other MAX planes.” NOTE: An FAA Airworthiness Directive (highlighted in last week’s News Digest) details the risk and limitation placed on all 737 MAX aircraft. Also this week, The New York Times published an article (“ Boeing faces tricky balance between safety and financial performance ”) that covered the recent call by many to review the executive leadership at Boeing. Those expressing increasing frustration with Boeing and its repeated safety problems include airline executives, federal regulators, and APA. “Lately, Boeing appoints CEOs that seem more focused on stock price and dividends than on flight safety and production quality,” CA Tajer told The New York Times . Former CEO Crandall: “What the Captain Just Said is Correct” Fox Business recently asked former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall to react to APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer’s harsh critique of Boeing: “What the captain just said is correct, and the pilots and the flight attendants and the mechanics are all part of that culture of safety. And I think that that is what Dave Calhoun and the rest of the Boeing people have to do, is they have to rebuild that understanding of safety.” Click here to watch the interview . Laser Attacks Hit Record High – Increase by 41% The FAA reported a record number of laser strikes on airplanes in 2023. There were 13,304 incidents last year, compared to 9,457 in 2022. The previous record was 9,723 in 2021. NBC News covered the FAA’s report and turned to APA spokesman CA Dennis Tajer, who once landed a plane during a laser strike, for his perspective: “When you point a laser at a cockpit to blind the pilots, you’re not attacking two pilots. You’re attacking every person on that airplane. It’s a big deal.” “It comes quick. It’s a little bit of a shock. You can’t believe that you’re being laser attacked, and then you get back to doing a job of flying the airplane. Moments after that, it sinks in, and you frankly want to go return the favor.” “You don’t have to be a pilot to understand how if a pilot is blinded during landing that bad things could happen.” Concourse Conversations at CLT on Feb. 8 APA’s National Communications Network will be at CLT from 1100 to 1700 on Feb. 8 for another round of Concourse Conversations. If you will be at CLT that day, look for them in the food court on the B Concourse side nearest to the new KCM access point. These volunteers will be eager to hear from members in good standing so they can relay your feedback to APA leadership. Next Contract Training Set for March 6-7 This is an updated message from the APA Contract Compliance Committee. The Contract Compliance Committee wants to do everything we can to ensure that all APA members are well acquainted with the 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Join us on March 7 in PHL for a full day of training on the new CBA. This training will be conducted in hybrid fashion, with members welcome to participate in person or virtually via Zoom. It will be preceded by a four-hour IMAX session on March 6 with no Zoom component. Please take a few moments before the training to familiarize yourself with the Electronic Document Index . You must be logged in to AlliedPilots.org for the links to be accessible. This Index connects you to a vast array of APA documents that we will reference. It is equally useful in the daily operation as a line pilot, so we recommend you retain the Index for future reference. During the training, it may be helpful to have two screens; one to run Zoom and one to reference these documents. Contract training on March 7 in PHL: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance . Contract training on March 7 via Zoom: Click here to register . IMAX training on March 6 in PHL: Click here to RSVP for in-person attendance. Help us help you! The Contract Compliance Committee’s goal is for you – the membership – to be informed, educated, and knowledgeable. Every single pilot should strive to be a contract expert or, at the very least, strive for continued learning and engagement. Knowledge is power, and it will assist you in employing and being a watchdog of your negotiated work rules. Training Offered for CIRP Volunteers This is a new message from the APA Critical Incident Response Program Subcommittee. Are you a good listener? Would you like to assist other pilots? The Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) wants you! CIRP volunteers talk to pilots after they experience a critical incident. If you are interested in becoming a CIRP volunteer, please consider attending a training session scheduled for Feb. 20-22 at APA headquarters in Fort Worth. We use the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model. This session is for volunteers who have not been trained in this model or just want a refresher on previous training. Training will be from 0800 to 1630 daily. If you do not live near DFW, plan on traveling prior to Feb. 20 and returning home late on Feb. 22. Training materials (electronic book), certificate (upon completion), A12 travel to/from, hotel, and most meals will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have questions, contact FO Jim Woodke at jwoodke@alliedpilots.org or 847-331-8409. Soliciting Data on Cabin Crew Complements This is a new message from the APA Safety Committee. During the pandemic, management reduced the number of flight attendants on some aircraft types. If you have experienced any issues regarding the number of available flight attendants, please let us know via safety-chair@alliedpilots.org . Hotel Preferences for TDY Pilots This is an updated message from the APA Hotel Committee. TDY bidding will open early next week. All pilots who are awarded or assigned a TDY will receive a CCI message on the 7th of the month to notify them of the TDY for the following month. This CCI message will include a link to the “Pilot Hotel Preference and Waiver Page,” where pilots can preference their hotel option. Pilots can select a “Airport/Short,” “Downtown/Long,” or the “TDY Hotel Waiver” option, which pays the TDY pilot $2,000 in lieu of a company-provided hotel room. This selection needs to be completed by 1200 Central on the 13th of the month prior to the TDY. AA is not able to wait until PBS awards are published to make hotel assignments, because allocations need to be accomplished prior to that point. If a pilot is awarded a TDY in a co-terminal location (i.e., JFK, LGA, EWR) the Flight Admin team will attempt to reach out to the pilot after the 18th to determine the most suitable option. APA’s PBS 3XP is a great tool to determine what kind of line or reserve schedule your seniority can hold in a particular bid status and can help you determine which hotel option is the best choice for you. If you bid for a TDY or are junior in a bid status with TDYs being offered, watch for a TDY assignment notification message in CCI on the 7th so you can properly preference for a hotel. For more information, see the QRH – Quick Reference Hotels document, which should answer 99 percent of all hotel and transportation questions while providing helpful solutions. Suggestion: Download this QRH document to your AA iPad for easy access in the future. Join Us at the Swamp Cabbage Fly-In This is a new message from the APA Family Awareness Committee. The Swamp Cabbage Fly-In will be held from 0900 to 1600 Eastern on Feb. 24 at X14, the airport in LaBelle, Fla., in conjunction with the annual LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival. The fly-in, which was organized by APA pilots, will feature static displays of warbird and vintage aircraft, food/beverages, and guests from Miami Air Traffic Control. This is a great event for the whole family! If you have questions, send them to swampcabbageflyin@gmail.com . Pigs of the Week APA commends American Airlines’ hardworking aircraft maintenance technicians for their outstanding work. We believe they are the best in the business. When repetitive problems do arise, they’re often due to managerial decisions that fail to properly prioritize tasks and to management’s decision to outsource a significant portion of the airline’s maintenance to offshore, third-party repair stations. In the last week, A321 aircraft 546 has been written up nine times for alternate brakes and has been out of service five times. It was most recently signed off on Feb. 2 and is restricted to Class 1 maintenance stations. In mid-October, B737 aircraft 3AM returned to service from storage. Since then, it has been written up 30 times for the aft cabin temperature being uncontrollable and has been out of service 15 times. At the time of this writing, it was on MEL and restricted to Class 1 maintenance stations. APA Welcomes New Pilots This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. The APA Membership Committee welcomed the following pilots during a casual dinner on Jan. 30: Matthias Anderson, Shaun Asaro, Timothy Bean, Chad Brezina, Marius Caloianu, Robert Cawby, Byung Choi, Domonick Colletti, John Davis, Reginald Davis Jr., John Earle, Ethan Ehlers, Jacqulyn Greentree, James Hadrava III, Yann Irlinger, Darwin Justice Jr., Michael Kaveny, Thomas Kershul, Robert Krause, Shelby LaFerney, Nathaniel Lightfoot, Frank Madero Lindsey, Jose Maldonado Machuca, Robert Marshall, Andy Melo, Shlomo Menashi, Ohan Merguerian, Nelson Mogollon Castro, Stephen Morrison, Marcelo Novak, Brandon O’Neil, David Page, Benjamin Pietrowski, Brian Relin, Oscar Rodriguez Bolano, Brandon Smith, David Sparks, Matthew Thompson, William Tiefenbrun, Steven Vlasic, Derrick Watson, Bryan Wetzel, and Stefan Winkfield. APA Welcomes Captains’ Leadership Class This is a new message from the APA Membership Committee. Click the image for a closer look. On Jan. 31, the APA Membership Committee hosted a casual dinner for the following pilots who were in Fort Worth for American Airlines’ Professionalism, Leadership, and Mentoring class: Stephen Anim, Jarod Biehn, Claus-Martin Birkigt, Carlos Bonano Perez, Gary Bruyns, Sean Clark, Michael Crass, Brian Culver, Bobby Dahlquist, Mark Davies, Renard Davis, Constantinos Felios, Aaron Gajewski, Andrew Gawrilow, Karl Goerke, Nathaniel Haddox, Kevin Heartwell, Pierce Homsey, Cory Jeffers, Erwin Jocson, John Kapost, Frank Kletecka, Glenn Kohan, Stephanie Layman, Francis Lessett, Billy Mercader, Timothy Miller, Nathan Mooney, Howard Mooney, Kevan Nanton, Isai Ortiz Rosario, Brian Paddock, Scott Parrish, Janet Patton, Norman Reyes Celis, Neil St. Hill, Rhett Thompson, and Garin Wenninghoff. Domicile Events Click the image for a closer look. The LGA Family Awareness Committee hosted a “Winter Warmer” event on Jan. 26 at Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center. See more photos on our Facebook page. Visit AlliedPilots.org/Calendar to RSVP for any of these upcoming domicile events: CLT: Concourse Conversations on Feb. 8 DFW: IMAX Training on Feb. 15; Domicile Meeting on Feb. 27 LAX: Domicile Meeting at SoFi Stadium on Feb. 7; SAN Family Awareness Lunch on Feb. 13 ORD: Chicago Blackhawks game on March 2 PHL: Domicile Meeting on March 6; IMAX Training on March 6; Contact Compliance Training on March 7 CLT Domicile Election APA Secretary-Treasurer FO Pat Clark sent the following message to all CLT members on Wednesday. The following results of the CLT Election Round have been certified by the American Arbitration Association: CLT Domicile Chair FO Russ Blackwell FO Erik Knauff CA Dan Scola 153 160 330 Congratulations to CA Scola, who will serve as CLT Domicile Chair through Oct. 31. Thank you to FO Blackwell and FO Knauff for your willingness to serve. Week in Review Here are several recent messages you may have missed. Communications Committee: CA Johnathan Benton – A Life Well Lived  Communications Committee: Honoring One of Our Own: “The Father of ASAP” Communications Committee: USAir Flight 1493-SkyWest Flight 5569 Safety Committee: The Operation on the Ground: Pilots’ Biggest Concern Check Pilot Committee: CBA 6.F.1 Secretary-Treasurer: Opening Ceremony for DFW Domicile Election  Are You Willing to Serve? Each of these national committees or subcommittees has the indicated number of vacancies: Aeromedical Committee (2) Disabled Pilot Awareness Subcommittee (3) Human Intervention Motivation Study Subcommittee (1) Pilot Occupational Health Subcommittee (2) Project Wingman Subcommittee (3) Captain’s Authority Committee (2) Communications Committee (0) National Communications Network (7) Flight Time/Duty Time Committee (1) Grey Eagles Liaison Committee (1) Jumpseat/Non-Rev Committee (1) Scheduling Committee (5) Training Committee (4) Checkmate (1 on 777) If you would like to serve on one or more of these committees, visit the Member Engagement Portal . Professional Standards FAQs Do committee volunteers receive any kind of training? New committee volunteers receive an extensive two-day training course that includes more than 16 hours of classroom instruction. The training includes modules such as Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Mentoring, Pilot Personality, Generational Issues Affecting Cockpit Performance, Resources, and Communication Skills. Committee members also receive instruction on the Professional Standards process, the APA Policy Manual, and the importance of confidentiality. These concepts are reinforced through multiple role-play scenarios. To read all of the FAQs, click here . Professional Standards’ 24/7 hotline: 817-402-2181 If You’re 50, Join The Grey Eagles Are you a pilot for American Airlines, at least age 50, active or retired? Please join The Grey Eagles for food, fun, and fellowship. We offer cruises, conventions, monthly luncheons, retirement dinners, professional mentoring, and assistance to surviving spouses – all for a one-time lifetime fee. 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