INFOline for August 4, 2016
Good afternoon everyone. This is John Starkovich with the ABX Air INFOline for August 4, 2016.
Congratulations to our First Quarter Safety Award recipients. Three individuals were selected for this quarter. Manager of Aircraft Maintenance Planning Walter Pico was nominated and selected for formulating and safety solutions for our ETOPS monitoring process. Second, Captain Ryan Emmert was selected for developing detailed LOFT scenarios for oceanic contingency procedures, such as our LAX – Honolulu route, thus improving safety on this true ETOPS-180 route. Third, LGSTX employee Joyce Griffith was selected for timely notifying Flight Control to correct a load plan error which ensured the operating crew was working within regulatory loading parameters. Each recipient received letters of thanks along with a token of our appreciation for a job well done. If you have observed behavior in an employee that significantly contributes to the safety of our operation, please bring it to the attention of the Safety Department.
Written notification was received this week from the Department of Defense Air Mobility Command thanking ABX Air for our cooperation during the June Department of Defense Biennial Survey. ABX Air was cited as meeting Commercial Air Carrier Quality and Safety Requirements and approved for continued participation in the DOD Air Transportation Program. Thanks to all of the employees who prepared extensive checklists and interfaced with the DOD audit team for this important audit. Part of the audit included a random Air Mobility Command Mission observation during a regular mission flight. Congratulations and thanks to Captain Dean Sollmann, First Officer Keith Tucker, and Professional Loadmaster Lethaniel Martin for their excellent performance on a Guantanamo Bay DOD Charter in early July.
Our on-time service performance for DHL for the month of August, subject to verification, is 98.21%. Tentatively, we ended July with an on-time performance of 98.15%. Similarly, for the second quarter of 2016, we achieved an 98.28% on time performance, subject to verification.
Our parent company, Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), will release its second quarter 2016 financial results and file its Form 10-Q with the Securities & Exchange Commission on Monday, August 8, 2016, after the stock market closes. ATSG also announced that it will host an investor conference call to review its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight time. Please refer to the website at www.atsginc.com for times and telephone numbers for the live call or to listen to the recorded sessions. Again, the web site is www.atsginc.com.
Congratulations to the following ABX employees that are celebrating milestone anniversaries during the month of August. Congratulations to Purchasing Manager Cheryl Webb. Cheryl is celebrating her 35th Anniversary with ABX Air. Those that have reached 25 years of service this month are: Capt. David B. Bell, First Officer Jim Dym, Aircraft Records Specialist Tina Glaser, Capt. Darren Hill, Capt. Steve Hill, Capt. Bob Ranson, and Capt. John Thompson. Thank you for your service to ABX Air over these past 25 years and we look forward to more success with you in the years to come. And reaching his 20th year anniversary is First Officer Anthony Magaletta. Thank you all for years of service to ABX Air and all that you have done to help ABX Air be successful.
By now every ABX employee who works at the Wilmington Air Park should have completed the process to receive a replacement Wilmington Air Park badge. Thank you for completing this task in a smooth and efficient manner. And for those that for some reason have not yet completed the process, please kindly take care of this right away. As a reminder if you are an out-base employee with a ILN badge, you may complete this process on your next scheduled visit to ILN.
The Past & The Furious IV, our fourth annual charity car and bike show organized and supported by employees of ATSG companies, is Saturday, August 13 (rain or shine) at the old Welcome Center parking lot at Wilmington Air Park. Admission and parking are free. Vehicle entries are $10 to display your car or bike; registration is 9 a.m. to Noon, and awards at 3 p.m. There also will be door prizes; a raffle; and a swap meet. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, the United Way of Clinton County, and local food pantries. Volunteers are needed! Help is needed with car judging, car parking, raffle ticket sales, and set up/tear down. Contact Tanya Woodford (firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 62318) for more information.
August is Food Drive Month at the Wilmington Air Park. Food Donations are being collected in the Administration Building Main Lobby and will be donated to local food banks. Donate at least 6 canned goods or non-perishable items, case of water, or $5 cash will get your name entered into a drawing for a $25 Kroger Gift Card to be given away on August 30. Please kindly help support the local food banks.
In the July 29 edition of Cargo Facts Update, it was reported that there has been a change of ownership and leadership at Amerijet. A New York based private equity firm acquired a majority stake in Miami-based Amerijet Holdings, Inc., and its logistics subsidiary, for an undisclosed amount. In addition to the change in ownership, Amerijet’s founder, Dave Bassett will step down as the group’s CEO, to be replaced by Vic Karjian. Amerijet operates an extensive US road network, and the company’s airline, Amerijet International, operates three 767-300BDSFs, three 767-200BDSFs, and three 727-200Fs in scheduled and charter service to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America from its hub in Miami. You may recall that the 767 aircraft operated by Amerijet are leased to them by CAM, our sister company.
That is all for this week’s INFOline. Thank you for all you do to make ABX Air a success. Take care.