Tammy Voss's INFOline | November 21, 2013
Hello, this is Tammy Voss with the ABX Air INFOline for November 21, 2013. I hope everyone is doing well.
Safety Management System (SMS) is a phrase many people will become more familiar with in the near future. As ABX begins our Level 2 implementation, there will be new guidance concerning identifying, reporting, and assessing hazards. An SMS Implementation Committee has been formed with representatives from Flight, Maintenance, Ground Operations, and Safety. This committee’s purpose is to take inventory on those processes and procedures already in place regarding Safety Risk Management and those needed to fill the gap to be SMS compliant. A series of ICOMs is being prepared to keep the management group informed on this process as it evolves.
In addition, we have contracted with MITRE Corporation to conduct one five-day and two one-day SMS Training Classes. The two one-day courses will be on January 16 and 17, and the five-day class will be held on January 20-24. Additional information about who will attend what class will be forthcoming soon. The training will be conducted by MITRE Engineer Kent Hollinger, author of the book Safety Management Systems for Aviation Practitioners: Real-World Lessons. We’re all looking forward to reading the SMS ICOMs, meeting Kent in January, and gaining a better understanding of the SMS process.
All non-bargaining employees are reminded that they need to complete the Code of Conduct and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Training and Certification no later than Friday, November 29. The link to the training was included in ICOM:13-119 dated November 1, 2013. See your supervisor if you have any questions.
It is time once again for the annual ATSG Management Survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, December 20, 2013.
We cannot emphasize the importance of Safety and Compliance enough. If you identify an issue, point it out immediately and follow up to insure that the issue is addressed.
We have two employees celebrating their anniversaries this week. We would like to congratulate Catherine Rettich and Lou Deplessis on 15 years of outstanding and dedicated service to ABX.
So far this month, our on-time performance has been 98.74%. Putting numbers like that together day in and day out is a huge accomplishment. Keep up the excellent work!
Open Enrollment for Non-Pilot Employees
Open Enrollment for ABX Air employees who are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement continues through November 30, 2013. You can find the information you need online at www.myabx.com/benefits.
ATSG Fall Charity Drive
The ATSG Fall Charity Drive is underway. So far we have raised $55,056 toward our goal of $75,000 in pledges and donations for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, United Way of Clinton County, and local food pantries. This includes $405.00 raised at the ABX Soup Lunch. Don’t forget to sign up for payroll deduction contributions. Payroll deduction forms are due November 29 to be eligible for the pledge gift drawing.
We're now up to 27 baskets in the charity basket raffle! Contents include airline tickets, hotel stays, football tickets, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, tablets/e-readers, $150 cash, a preferred parking spot at ILN, fishing gear, golf gear, gift cards, and much, much more! One of the new raffle items for the Fall Charity Drive is a set of four 2-day Season Ticket Holder passes to Redsfest on December 6 and 7 at Cincinnati's Duke Energy Convention Center. Meet Cincinnati Reds players and coaches! Autographs and photographs with Reds players will be available! These Season Ticket Holder passes offer special access to the scheduled events. You can get more details at reds.com.
Tickets for all raffles are $1 each or six for $5. Winning tickets will be drawn Monday, Dec. 2 (at 11 a.m. in the Hangar 1005 break area for AMES baskets, 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Admin Building for all other baskets). You do not need to be present to win.
DHL has awarded ABX a one-year contract for the Panama City, Panama flight. This is the second B767 serving the DHL Latin America Hub.
Peak season has begun. In addition to our regularly scheduled flights, ABX will have two additional aircraft deployed with DHL and one other aircraft deployed for ad-hoc charters.
Thank you for your time and all that you do for our Company. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!