As APA continues receiving questions regarding implementation-related issues, the American Airlines-US Airways merger, monetization and distribution of the 13.5 percent equity stake and other timely topics, our subject-matter experts (SMEs) will continue providing answers. Here are the latest questions your APA leadership has received, along with answers from the appropriate SME.
Q: I’m confused, is Tom Horton or Doug Parker going to be making the day-to-day operational decisions at American Airlines going forward?
A: Thursday's announcement represents an agreement between the two respective corporate boards in support of a merger within the bankruptcy process. Until a plan of reorganization (POR) is formally approved by both the creditors and the bankruptcy court, both airlines will remain separate and Mr. Horton will remain in place as CEO of American Airlines. However, it is our expectation that Mr. Parker and his management team will informed of any material decisions made that would have a potential impact on the merged airline going forward. There will be a transition team created that will be comprised of key personnel from both companies to serve as the intermediary for ongoing decisions related to the merger prior to the POR being approved. While Thursday's announcement was an important event, AMR and US Airways are still legally competitors, and in the eyes of the Department of Transportation and Department of Justice, they must be operated as separate companies.
Q: Can I move duty-free periods to cover military leave and what are the negative consequences of doing so?
A: Yes, Section 11.E.8.b of the 2012 APA-AA Collective Bargaining Agreement allows pilots to move DFPs to cover military commitments, but in doing so, management may move any remaining DFPs to alleviate illegalities or insufficient availability periods created by the initial DFP move.
Q: I want to transfer my remaining vacation hours into my CPA bank. Is CPA bank access and withdrawal still in place?
A: Yes, with the exception of negative bank, CPA continues until January 2014.
Q: I think I am reaching a federal aviation regulation (FAR) limit. What will happen should this occur and is there a way to check on this?
A: Due to the recent ability to fly to FAR maximums, some pilots may reach their FAR limits without realizing it before it’s too late. The result of not tracking your time is that you will be removed from the trip that results in a FAR limit being reached. You could be removed from it several days prior to origination. Pilots removed from a trip due to FAR illegality are eligible for sequence protection under the provisions of Section 4.C.
Listed below are the applicable FAR flight time limits until the rule changes on Jan. 1, 2014:
DOM 2 Pilot Crew FAR 121.471
30 Hours/7 Days
100 Hours/Calendar month
1000 Hours/Calendar year
Intl 2 Pilot Crew FAR 121.481
32 Hours/7 Days
100 Hours/Calendar month
1000 Hours/12 Calendar month period
Intl 3 Pilot Crew FAR 121.483
120 Hours/Rolling 30 days
300 Hours/Rolling 90 days
1000 Hours/Any 12 calendar month period
Intl 4 Pilot Crew FAR 121.485
350 Hours/Rolling 90 days
1000 Hours/ Any 12 calendar month period
One method of checking your FAR limits is to use the HSS/Seat/Seq#/date DECS entry.
HISEQ to get a list of all future sequences, then HSS each sequence…
HSS/FO/34567/6DEC then enter
Just right of your employee number you may see a FAR 121.XXX code.
If you see this FAR 121 code on the HSS entry, this sequence will be dropped unless you somehow reduce your time before the origination of the sequence to keep it inside the FAR limits.
For example, whenever you finish a leg or sequence, you should check all your sequences yet to be flown for the FAR 121/XXX code.