MEC Hotlines
11/30/2012 1:17:00 PM

AA begins recalls starting in January with approximately 40 per class. Management will begin roadshows to all Eagle domiciles regarding options for flow through pilots. NYC co-domicile implementation set to be completed and ready for bid by January 31st, 2013. Lastly, an update from the ASAP committee regarding landing without a clearance.

December 1, 2012

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  • AA begins pilot recalls
  • Management roadshow for Eagle flow through pilots
  • Management intends to implement NYC co-domicile by January 31st, 2013
  • ASAP Update

AA begins recalls starting in January with approximately 40 per class. Management will begin roadshows to all Eagle domiciles regarding options for flow through pilots. NYC co-domicile implementation set to be completed and ready for bid by January 31st, 2013. Lastly, an update from the ASAP committee regarding landing without a clearance.


From The Chairman


Fellow American Eagle pilots,

You have likely now heard that AA will begin recalling furloughed pilots in January.  This means that our flow-through pilots will soon be offered class dates at AA.  We currently have 236 flow-through pilots employed at American Eagle and based on their place on the AA pilot seniority list, as well as the number of eligible furloughed AA pilots who had previously deferred recall, it appears that some of our flow-through pilots could be in AA’s February recall class.

Management is in the process of preparing a road-show presentation and will begin a two week visit to all of Eagle’s pilot domiciles the week of December 10th.  We are also in the process of setting up meetings with Eagle and AA to obtain answers to questions regarding the transfer process and how it may differ depending on whether the AA pilots ratify their tentative agreement.  We will publish those specifics as soon as we have them.

Three facts that we do need to convey:  The FAA is requiring that AA obtain documents covered by the Pilot Record Improvement Act (PRIA) as well as a carrier-transfer drug test.  Management will soon be sending instructions to all flow-through pilots on how to comply with these requirements.  We encourage flow-through pilots who are interested in transferring to AA to move forward with fulfilling these requirements early so that they will not impede or delay your ability to transfer.   Filling out a PRIA authorization form or taking a carrier-transfer drug test does not obligate you to accept transfer to AA, but not doing so could impact your eligibility to transfer on the applicable class date.

Secondly, there is not currently any loan package available to pilots who elect to transfer to AA, as was proposed during the 2011 divestiture TA.  Pilots who elect to transfer to AA need to be aware that there is a significant initial pay reduction and that there is no current offer by management to assist.  We are engaged with management on ways to assist in this transition and if anything materializes from those discussions, we will inform you as soon as possible.

Third, if an Eagle pilot with an AA pilot seniority number declines the opportunity to flow, he will forfeit his AA pilot seniority number and will not be eligible to transfer to AA as part of the “824” agreement, but willbe eligible to transfer to AA as a “Protected Pilot.”

Back to Eagle-specific items:  First, management has relayed to ALPA that they are on track to implement the  new Personal Time Off (PTO) provision by January 1st.  To be clear, management and ALPA are in agreement that no part of the bankruptcy agreement may be implemented without Court approval, which has yet to be obtained.  Nonetheless, management is moving forward with preparations in anticipation that Court approval will be obtained in December.  At this point, the only specific related to PTO that pilots need to be aware of is that, should you choose to participate in the end of the year 2012 sick-bank payout, this year’s pay-out will occur under the provisions of our current CBA, not the PTO rules that may take effect on January 1st.  Having said that, the election you make this December regarding your 2013 sick-bank payout will be subject to the new PTO provisions, so please familiarize yourself with the PTO language prior to making your election regarding your 2013 PTO payout.

Management is also planning on implementing the JFK-LGA Co-Domicile beginning with the contractual month of February.  In order to do so, management will be opening the 30-day ‘Opt Out’ window within the next few days.  JFK or LGA-based pilots who prefer to transfer to a different domicile, rather than be subject to the new Co-Domicile rules, must notify management of their intention to do so and to which domicile they intend to transfer to during the 30-day window.  Pilots who wish do to so will be limited to transfer to a domicile in their current seat and equipment and have sufficient seniority to hold the status to which they intend to transfer.  Depending on the size of the population who elects to transfer out of JFK and LGA, management may run a vacancy bid in early January to backfill the New York co-domicile.

We will have more information on both of these new contractual provisions over the next few weeks.  In the interim, an electronic version of our ratified bankruptcy agreement is available on the Eagle-ALPA website.

In closing, I want to congratulate Captain Rich Wilkening on his recent appointment to the ALPA National HIMS Committee as the Vice Chairman. If you see Rich on the line, extend your thanks for his continued volunteer work.



Tony Gutierrez
Captain Tony Gutierrez
MEC Chairman


ASAP Update


Recent ASAP reports have shown an increase in the number of flights landing without a landing clearance.

The ASAP ERT recommends that flight crews make use of the technique of turning on the nose taxi light switch once a clearance to land is received. Incorporating a scan of this switch in conjunction with accomplishment of the landing checklist, or shortly thereafter, may help flight crews avoid landing without a clearance.


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The mission of the American Eagle MEC, as a unified and proactive group, is to defend and advance the careers of all Eagle pilots.  We will promote the long term success of our airline, while setting the standard for safety in the industry.


Your MEC Leadership




Contact Information



Tony Gutierrez


Vice Chairman

Dave Ryter

(877) EGL-ALPA


Secretary Treasurer

Gaston Valdovinos

(877) EGL-ALPA


Executive Administrator

Brian Sweep

(877) EGL-ALPA



Your LEC Representatives


Council 83 Chairman
CA Rep

Val Jester

(940) 300-4234


Council 83 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Kelly Paul

(903) 641-1608


Council 105 Chairman
CA Rep

Erin Holman

(787) 469-1426


Council 105 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

John Dwyer

(787) 246-6686


Council 114 Chairman

Tim Berberich

(817) 726-3522


Council 114 Vice-Chairman

Mike Ackerman

(817) 798-4352


Council 121 Chairman
CA Rep

Phil Valente

(919) 696-7112


Council 121 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Sam Pool

(321) 345-3325


Council 126 Chairman
CA Rep

Pete Wallace

(561) 512-1772


Council 126 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Luis Caicedo

(754) 581-0113


Council 133 Chairman
CA Rep

Frank Kletecka

(815) 621-3424


Council 133 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Ryan Nichols

(972) 765-2882



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Charles Cornwell

Christopher Ramirez

Ronald Chisum

Angel Torres

Leigh Harlan

Josh Crowley

Justin Ingersoll

William Livingston

David Streit



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Elias Marzan

Gerardo Olmeda



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Junaid Javed

Sandra Hintze

Glen Eggert

Christian Barone

Michael Crim

Matthew Donoghue

Paul Leonardi

Spencer Rowe

John Dunning



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Jennifer Coull

James Funderburk

Roque Soto

Michael Hannapel

Joseph Anthony

Jose Ocasio

Matthew Brauen

Marco Echeverry

John Fisher



Council 133

Aaron Chernenko

Chris Murray

Ronald Ranola

Jeff Cortez

Christopher Holtwick

Joe Kreutzer

Neal Mallam

Andrew Ross

Michael Schneider

Stephanie Wagner

Joshua Brown

Matthew Crowding

Bryant Jasperson

Charles Vaughn



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