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Update on COVID-19 Related Training Issues

April 4, 2020

TWU National Letter on CARES Legislation

Greetings Instructors!

Please see the attached letter from TWU National Headquarters regarding the recent "Coronavirus" Legislation that was passed.

Your TWU557 Board

Click Here for TWU557 National CARES letter

COVID-19 ETO

 

March 27, 2020

Dear fellow members:  

The announcement of Company wide ETO has brought numerous questions to light.  The option and process were never presented to your board before publication but some clarification has subsequently been outlined.  If you are interested in participating in this program, it will be offered in seniority order.  We are presently working with the company on additional options to reduce work schedules (part time, giveaways) and will keep you advised as details become available.  Together we will all weather the challenge of the unseen enemy of COVID-19, thanks for your help and understanding.  

Best regards, 

For the Executive Board,

Jerry

Gerald H. Bradley

President TWU 557 Local

Southwest Flight Crew Training Instructors

 

IMPORTANT SURVEY NOTICE!

Fellow Instrutors,

March 21, 2020

Please respond to the email sent to you today with a link to SURVEY MONKEY. The Executive Board needs your input should the Company choose to exercise Article 20, Part Time and Article 21, Leaves of Absence in our Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are daily changes in approaches beging considered by the Company during this PANDEMIC and period of operational uncertainty.  

Additionally, there is an Airline Aid Bill being currently debated by the US Congress which, if passed and signed into law, would help both Airlines and Labor. Please be assured that your Executive Board will represent your interests as Flight Crew Training Instructors as the Company works though this crisis. This is uncharted territory for Southwest Airlines. All of us will weather this storm.

For the Executive Board,

Jerry

Gerald H. Bradley

President TWU 557 Local

Southwest Flight Crew Training Instructors

More COVID-19 Information

March 17, 2020

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FAA News

22 October 2020

Latest FAA News and Updates, Press Releases, Fact Sheets, Speeches, and Testimony
  • News and Updates - FAA Air Traffic Report
    22 October 2020

    Today's Air Traffic Report:

    Low clouds are forecast from Boston (BOS) to the Washington, D.C. area (BWI, DCA, IAD) and in Detroit (DTW), Houston (HOU, IAH), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN). Thunderstorms could delay flights in Chicago (MDW, ORD). Smoke from wildfires continues to reduce visibility in Denver (DEN).

    Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.

    For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.

    The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.

    Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

  • News and Updates - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms
    15 October 2020

    New rule modernizes the way FAA regulates and licenses commercial space operations.

  • News and Updates - FAA Updates on Boeing 737 MAX
    06 October 2020

    10/6/2020

    The FAA posted the draft Flight Standardization Board (FSB) report on the proposed pilot training for the Boeing 737 MAX this afternoon.It can be found here under FSBR B737.

    The report incorporates the recommendations from the Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB) which recently met for nine days. The JOEB was comprised of civil aviation authorities from the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the European Union.

    The comment period on the draft FSB report will last through November 2, 2020. The FAA will publish a final FSB report after reviewing and addressing public comments on the draft FSB Report.

    While this is an important step, several key milestones remain:

    • Final Design Documentation and Technical Advisory Board (TAB) Report The FAA will review Boeings final design documentation to evaluate compliance with all FAA regulations. The multi-agency TAB will also review the final Boeing submission and issue a final report prior to a final determination of compliance by the FAA.
    • Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) & AD The FAA will issue a CANIC providing notice of pending significant safety actions and will publish a final AD that addresses the known issues for grounding. The AD will advise operators of required corrective actions before aircraft may re-enter commercial service.
    • FAA Rescinds Grounding Order This marks the official ungrounding of the aircraft, pending completion by operators of the work specified in the AD, along with any required training.
    • Certificates of Airworthiness The FAA will retain its authority to issue airworthiness certificates and export certificates for all new 737 MAX airplanes manufactured since the grounding. The FAA will perform in-person, individual reviews of these aircraft.
    • Operator Training Programs The FAA will review and approve training programs for all Part 121 operators.

    These actions are applicable only to U.S. air carriers and U.S.-registered aircraft.While our processes will inform other civil aviation authorities, they must take their own actions to return the Boeing 737 MAX to service for their air carriers. The FAA will ensure that our international counterparts have all necessary information to make a timely, safety-focused decision.


    9/16/2020

    FAA Statement on House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Report

    The FAA is committed to continually advancing aviation safety and looks forward to working with the Committee to implement improvements identified in its report. We are already undertaking important initiatives based on what we have learned from our own internal reviews as well as independent reviews of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents. These initiatives are focused on advancing overall aviation safety by improving our organization, processes, and culture.Last month, the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for an airworthiness directive (AD) that will mandate a number of design changes to the Boeing 737 MAX before it returns to passenger service. The FAA continues to follow a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the aircraft to service.


    8/3/2020

    Boeing 737 MAX AD NPRM Now Available for Early Public Review

    Today, the FAA sent a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for a Boeing 737 MAX airworthiness directive (AD) to the Office of the Federal Register for publication.The NPRM proposes mandating a number of design changes to address an identified unsafe condition.When the NPRM publishes in the Federal Register, a 45 day public comment period will begin. The FAA is posting the NPRM on its website today to enable the public to begin review early.

    The FAA will also be placing the Preliminary Summary of the FAAs Review of the Boeing 737 MAX in the docket to assist with the review of the proposed AD.


    7/21/2020

    FAA Statement


    In the near future, the FAA plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) affecting the Boeing 737 MAX. In keeping with our commitment to remain transparent, the NPRM will provide 45 days for the public to comment on proposed design changes and crew procedures to mitigate the safety issues identified during the investigations that followed the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents.

    The agency continues to follow a

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  • News and Updates - 100 Years of Aviation in Alaska
    06 October 2020

    FAA issues free educational resource discussing 100 years of work to create a safe, modern aviation system in Alaska.

  • News and Updates - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
    02 October 2020

    10/2/2020

    Extension of Minimum Slot Usage Requirements

    The FAA issued an extension of limited waiver of the minimum slot usage requirements through March 27, 2021. This slot usage waiver applies to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Additionally, the FAA also extended through March 27, 2021 our COVID-19-related policy for prioritizing flights canceled at designated International Air Transport Association (IATA) Level 2 airports in the United States for purposes of establishing a carriers operational baseline in the next corresponding scheduling season.

    The relief announced in this notice is available for the Winter 2020/2021 scheduling season, which runs from October 25, 2020 through March 27, 2021. Conditions on the relief announced in this notice require compliance beginning on October 15, 2020.


    9/30/2020

    Second Amendment to Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118

    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a final rule on September 30, 2020, that further amends Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. Aviation activity continues to increase, and the industry is beginning to address the backlog of required training, checking and testing requirements. However, many of the challenges that existed when the FAA first issued the SFAR in April remain today as the public health emergency continues. SFAR 118-2 is effective on October 1, 2020, and is available for public display in theFederal Register. It will publish on October 6, 2020.

    The chart contained within this final rule provides a summary of each affected regulation; the original SFAR relief provided on April 29, 2020; the amended SFAR relief from June 25, 2020; and the second amended relief provided in this SFAR update. Those who may be affected by this amendment should carefully review the eligibility, conditions and duration of each section of relief to ensure compliance. The FAA has revised theFAQs(PDF)to help explain the amended regulatory relief.

    Amendment of Air Carrier Training Exemptions

    The FAA is amending two regulatory exemptions it previously issued to scheduled and on-demand US air carriers. The agency is amending exemptions18510(PDF)and18511(PDF), which give personnel grace periods for completing certain training and qualification requirements due through Dec. 31, 2020. The agency previously amended through Nov. 30, 2020 exemptions18509and18512, which give crewmembers relief from having to don protective breathing equipment or oxygen masks in training, checking, or evaluation. The amendments do not expand relief that the original exemptions and previous amendments provided. The new amendments extend the same relief to the next population of crewmembers who will become due in the approaching months.


    9/29/2020

    FAA Extends Flight Attendant Exemption

    TheFAA is amending through Jan. 31, 2021 an exemption the agency previously issued to help protect flight attendants from contracting COVID-19. The exemption allows flight attendants to relocate from the seats they would normally occupy so they can observe social distancing. It also excuses them from having to demonstrate the use of certain emergency equipment including life preservers and oxygen masks, allowing for alternative methods to inform passengers regarding the use of such equipment. Individual carriers must submit a Letter of Intent and be granted authorization by FAA in order to exercise the relief in the exemption.

    Updated Health Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews
    The FAA issued an updatedSafety Alert for Operators (SAFO)(PDF)that provides interim health guidance from the CDC that air carriers and crew members should be following during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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