10/7/20: PASSPORT RENEWAL

The US State Department has changed its renewal policy multiple times since the pandemic began. Currently, passports can be renewed through the mail with no in-person requirement. Be sure to contact the PAC, your FOA, or Michael Beauregard, the passport/visa coordinator in Memphis for the most up-to-date information. 

10/7/20: REVISED PAIRINGS/XTRA PAIRINGS

As you know, revised and extra pairings do not receive the same vetting process as original bid pack trips. As such, they follow slightly different rules in the CBA and can often be arduous. Remember that whenever you see an XTRA pairing, you should use XTRA caution when operating it. Said XTRA pairing has NOT gone through the PSIT/SIG vetting process …

10/7/20: COUNTRY RULES AND CIQ PROCEDURES UPDATE

Pilots continue to encounter many problems – often with deadheads – that can be alleviated by reviewing this document on PFC. Recommend you consider this document like NOTAMs and look at it a few days before a trip begins and then again before every duty period as critical information is regularly updated. This document contains the pertinent information you need …

9/30/20: EVERBRIDGE HEALTH MONITORING

FCIF 20-0358 in April gave details on the Everbridge monitoring system for COVID symptoms. It’s worth re-reading and understanding that if you respond in the affirmative to any symptoms on Everbridge, even if you are 100% sure they are not COVID related (allergies, for example, causing a cough), you should expect to be put in NOQ status and have to …

9/30/20: Xtra Pairings = Xtra Caution

“There I was, checking Open Time when a truly sweet XTRA pairing drops in. Double-deadhead to a city where I can escape the hotel? Max pay for Min block hours? Daytime? I think I’ll take that one!” While we are just as eager as the next guy to scoop up a “good deal” trip, please always remember that whenever you …

9/15/20: COVID SAFETY WORKING GROUP

This group is made up of both Company personnel and ALPA members and meets weekly to discuss all relevant information and try to solve issues and concerns. Many of your COVID-related PDRs are discussed during these meetings in an effort to reach solutions. Recent topics have included: Mental stress on crew force Quarantine restrictions in various international locations including ICN, …

9/9/20: COUNTRY RULES AND CIQ PROCEDURES UPDATE

As previously communicated, this resource on the home page of PFC contains critical, regularly updated information on both international and domestic flying. Note that U.S. locations such as HNL and ANC with pertinent CIQ can be found under the United States section. In addition, the General Resources tab has a recent update with three useful “What If” letters for pilots …

9/9/20: BID LINE ADJUSTMENT

The Association has been made aware of two categories of pilots that are being denied Bid Line Adjustments. Pilots who have in the past tested positive for COVID-19 (virus or antibodies) or were part of the three evacuation flights from Shanghai and Guangzhou are being denied BLAs to trips involving activities in China or Hong Kong. The Company is referencing 25.N.3.b …

9/9/20: VACCINE TRIAL UPDATE

Republished from ALPA FastRead on August 6, 2020Clinical trials to evaluate potential vaccines to prevent COVID-19 are underway in multiple countries, including the United States and Canada. These trials utilize volunteers to test the ability of the vaccine to induce antibodies to prevent either symptomatic or nonsymptomatic COVID-19. A secondary goal of the vaccine trials is to evaluate the overall safety …

9/9/20: PAY PROTECTION, GOVERNMENT MANDATES, AND TESTING

Our ALPA COVID team has reviewed several PDRs from pilots with concerns over improper pay protection when deemed COVID-19 positive/symptomatic/close contact. The Medical MOU provides the contractual language, please contact us with any questions. The Company’s Positive, Symptom and Close Contacts letters can be found on PFC. If you have concerns, please submit a PDR. We recently were made aware …