64 episodes

Engage is a product of the Delta Air Lines ALPA Master Executive Council Communications Committee. Delivering important news, information and updates, the podcast touches on all areas of being a pilot at Delta Air Lines, with an emphasis on upcoming contract negotiations and quality of life for Delta pilots.

Engage: The Podcast for Delta Pilots Delta MEC Communications

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    • 4.8 • 84 Ratings

Engage is a product of the Delta Air Lines ALPA Master Executive Council Communications Committee. Delivering important news, information and updates, the podcast touches on all areas of being a pilot at Delta Air Lines, with an emphasis on upcoming contract negotiations and quality of life for Delta pilots.

    E48: No Words: Ryan's Last Episode - A Look Behind the Scenes of Engage

    E48: No Words: Ryan's Last Episode - A Look Behind the Scenes of Engage

    On this episode of Engage, the Engage team gets together to discuss topics and issues not covered by other episodes and raps about current rumors, myths, and fun facts. Producer First Officer Adam Uhan, new host Captain Jason Depew, and First Officer Ryan Argenta go through listener mail and DARTs covering hot topics such as the FAA Reauthorization, Scope protections, hotel changes for the Paris Olympics and new hotels in Amsterdam, an update on the SLC Training Facility, and more. The team also says farewell to Ryan as he transitions out of the podcast world and back to being a full-time adventurer and line pilot. (Recorded May 9, 2024)

    • 49 min
    E47: PAN: Are You in the Green?

    E47: PAN: Are You in the Green?

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in the spirit of pilot mental health, First Officer Forrest Pendleton, Chair of the Pilot Assistance Network (PAN), discusses the rollout of the “Are You in the Green?” campaign to assist pilots (and all humans) in identifying their own mental wellness.  Forrest walks us through the mental health continuum and offers insight on who pilots can turn to when they’re just not feeling great.  Forrest also goes into detail about the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s recommendations on improving mental health issues and making it easier for pilots to get the help they need while keeping their medical intact or more streamlined and defined steps to regain one’s FAA medical.  For more information, please visit www.alpa.org/green  

    Helping pilots and their families manage everything from day-to-day pressures and challenges to training stress to family issues to mental and physical health issues to FAA medical questions, PAN is made up of more than 40 Delta pilot volunteers who answer a 24/7 hotline. PAN is a committee within the Delta MEC and was specifically created to help Delta pilots facing physiological, psychological, and medical concerns or for those needing to talk to someone. For more information, please visit the PAN webpage on the Delta MEC website at https://dal.alpa.org/Topics/PILOT-ASSISTANCE/Pilot-Assistance-Network. 

     

    PAN’s goal is to help mitigate the threats that sometimes put our medical certificates, our pay, and our very jobs at risk. To speak with a trained peer volunteer, call PAN at 888-4-DAL-PAN (888-432-5726) or submit a callback request here.  Calls to PAN are absolutely confidential.  (Recorded May 3, 2024) 

    • 26 min
    E46: A Chat with Dispatch: Pilot Questions Asked and Answered

    E46: A Chat with Dispatch: Pilot Questions Asked and Answered

    On this episode of Engage, we welcome Mr. Jim Starnes from Delta Flight Control Dispatch to discuss all things Dispatch-related. Did you know Delta Dispatchers are union members represented by the Professional Airline Flight Control Association (PAFCA)? Jim Starnes is the First Vice President of PAFCA and discusses the many similarities between pilots and dispatchers: commonly addressed issues with management, contract negotiations, seniority, and even bidding for monthly schedules—we have more in common with our Dispatchers than we may know. Host First Officer Ryan Argenta also asks common questions pilots have for Dispatch and learns more about our unseen siblings in Atlanta. Jim even offers pilots the opportunity to coordinate a tour of Flight Control Dispatch by contacting him directly—details within. Tune in to learn about this fascinating profession and how we can work together with our fellow employees on the ground. (Recorded December 14, 2023)

    • 31 min
    E45: Voluntary Airport Standby (VAS)

    E45: Voluntary Airport Standby (VAS)

    On this episode of Engage, Captain Ian Turner of the Scheduling Committee and Captain Rich Wheeler, the Chairman of the Negotiating Committee, explain how Voluntary Airport Standby (VAS) works. Discussion includes details of the completely voluntary program, how it prevents unwanted reroutes, and the lucrative pay treatments for both Regular and Reserve pilots. Tune in to learn more about VAS.  (Recorded January 22, 2024) 

    • 23 min
    E44: New Contract Implementation & Interpretation

    E44: New Contract Implementation & Interpretation

    On this episode of Engage, Captain Ian Turner of the Scheduling Committee and Captain Rich Wheeler, Chairman of the Negotiating Committee, are back again to discuss new contract implementation items that started in January 2024 beyond pay rate and 401(k) DC contribution increases. The group discusses new items such as improved sit pay provisions and increase to training pay for CQ and Recency type events, training golden days, new theater qualification provisions that provide pilots more flexibility, along with a completely new feature for pilots bidding reserve called “Reserve with Conflict” – a unique enhancement for Reserve pilots. Rich and Ian explain how pilots may want to use this new voluntary feature, RWC, to their advantage. They also discuss contract interpretation issues and clarify how ALPA and the Company are working to resolve these issues. (Recorded January 22, 2024) 

    Resources:

    Negotiator's Notepad 24-01:
    NN-24-01.pdf (alpa.org)

      

    • 22 min
    E43: Profit Sharing

    E43: Profit Sharing

    On this special edition episode of Engage, Captain Rich Wheeler, Chairman of the Negotiating Committee, and Captain Eric Criswell, former Chairman of the Negotiating Committee, talk about profit sharing.  From its origin and roots to this year’s profit sharing payout, Rich, Eric, and Ryan discuss how profit sharing was negotiated by pilots in 1996; how it has changed over the years and the need to preserve this negotiated benefit that pilots and all employees now enjoy; how profit sharing is contractually calculated using PTIX and specific formulas; and how pilots can view their earnings and ensure their 2023 profit sharing payout is accurate. Happy Profit Sharing Day!

    (Recorded January 23, 2024) 

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Duffman5961 ,

Great Podcast

As a new hire and someone coming from the military with no 121 experience these have been an awesome resource already for me. This has been a great reference to not only what the ALPA does for me, but offers a glimpse behind the curtain in how the union operates and what they are doing with negotiations. Well worth the listen.

Flyboy8811 ,

Guest Microphones

Are multiple guests sharing one microphone? It sounds like some are running up to the mic while talking, starting sentences very weak. The information is invaluable and I’d hate to miss something for someone not talking directly into the mic. Keep up the good work!

Frers 36 sailor ,

Very informative

I’d been reading about these in the emails but put off listening until today. Let me say wow, these are really informative, well made, and just a high quality podcast. I’ve listened to half of them while deadheading around. Summer survival and Fatigue ones were valuable resources. The Mother’s Day one was shocking to hear how rough the conditions are for our pilot mothers.
Keep up the great work

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