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John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18. The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were...
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

  Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx...
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FEDEX

FEDEX

FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise...
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Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew...
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Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism....
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Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary passed away this past Monday, July 31, 2017 after a fairly long illness.  Gary was a long time Continental pilot, Captain, and LAX Flight Manager.  Gary was also very active in the...
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William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William "Richard" Evans, 71, of Memphis, TN was called home Friday, July 28, 2017 following a ten year battle with cancer. He was born January 21, 1946 in Chattanooga, TN the son of Ralph and Julia...
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Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

B767 Captain Mark Danielson #231874 (Seniority #1092) will retire from FedEx Express on August 25, 2017 and his last flight is FDX 851/11Aug17  PHL-MEM 0926 CT.  Mark would...
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Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers






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James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

Mr. James Allen Henderson, age 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017. A Memorial Service will be 6 PM Friday, July 14, 2017, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. The family will receive...
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Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

MD11 Captain John Gabriele #219499 (Seniority #897), will be retiring from FedEx Express on July 15, 2017. His final flight will be FDX 137 EWR-MEM scheduled to arrive at 00:31 LBT...
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Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

I never knew Jerry and his crew got the DFC while flying the C-130 in Vietnam.  Jerry later got hired at FedEx and became Chief Pilot.  He retired as a Boeing 777 Captain and now...
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Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens, son of Rick Owens, was killed in an automobile related accident on Hernando Desoto bridge in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Our condolences to Rick and Lana for the loss of their...
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Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable by law and were discharged under...
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Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne


CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR ROBERT L. DUFRESNE PORT ORCHARD YACHT CLUB JUNE 11, 2017 4:00PM
“May you always fly.”
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Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish



Phillip Irish will be memorialized on May 26, 2017, at 1:00 PM at the Church of Holy Apostles located in Collierville, Tn at 1380 Wolf River Boulevard.
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Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

It is sad that Captain Craig MacArthur lost his battle with ALS on May 9th, 2017. Previous to FedEx Craig had flown for Air Illinois, Florida Express, and Braniff. He was hired...
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Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

When we look at a photograph like this these days we say, "Yeah, that's nice. Another woman pilot." But this photo wasn't taken in these days. It was taken in the late seventies and the woman is Sue...
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Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Beginning this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, myNavyExchange.com is proud to expand our online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Military. This highly...
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Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Captain Fred Yates will be retiring on Tuesday, April 18th.  His last Flight will be  FX#499, MCO-MEM arriving 10:13 local. Please join us in AOC to offer him...

Frank (Chip) Groner

Retirement

  • 30 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Frank (Chip) Groner

A300 Captain Chip Groner #9282 (seniority #3), will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.

I'm finally retiring
Getting out of your way
You might think that's not much
But to me a great day

Now in the beginning
It could be pretty gritty
When the old Dirty Thirty
Weren't even near sixty

While Memphis Chief Pilot
I had irritations galore
They can't give me enough money
To repeat that ugly chore

But after a while
It all settled down
I could not go to work
While wearing a frown

I'll miss a few folks
Like my boss in Flight Test
I had many good friends
(But I won't miss the rest)

My thanks to Fred Smith
I loved my career
And so many good people
I'd like to buy a cold beer

Thirty-eight years
Might seem a long time
But I just want to leave
While I'm still in my prime

I'll retire to LA
To my river cabana
And in case you don't know
LA is Lower Alabama

So keep having fun
Send my check to my door
I had a great ride
I can't ask for much more

Respectfully,
Chip Groner

Jack Ramsaur

Retirement

  • 29 December 2016
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Jack Ramsaur

B777 Captain Jack Ramsaur #28898 (seniority # 21), will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.

After 33 years and three months, my time is here to say my farewells. It truly has been a fantastic, fulfilling career. Through my initial 727 days, all seats in the DC-10 and to retire out of the 777 has been more than I ever expected. So many people along the way to give my thanks to, but too numerous to mention all and forget some very deserving. But, thank you most to my wife, Sylvia, and to my two daughters, Angela and Allison. So many years gone through my Air Force career and my FedEx career. Without their strength and ongoing support, my successes would never have happened. Without the wisdom and tenacity of our founder, Fred Smith, none of this would have occurred.
 
So, as I enter (semi) retirement, I thank all of you for being an integral part of my career(s), here at FedEx, the Air Force and as I continue as a ripper in the 777 Training Department. I'll continue (a few days each month) to help with the hiring process and in the Training Department, training and mentoring new instructors. My plans are to stay in Memphis as we just completed our new home in Collierville, spend time in Pensacola on the beach and at our lake getaway near Roanoke.
 
Stay in touch and please stop to say hi when you see me out and about town. Here's my final toast to you:  Fair winds, blue skies and to all your careers, may they be as fulfilled as mine and may your final trip be one that you get to plan and make memorable.
 
Jack

Wally Soplata

Retirement

  • 23 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Wally Soplata

  At first I wasn’t sure about writing this retirement FCIF, but what matters is that it’s not about me.  It’s about you, and your airline.  As I leave, I can’t help ponder what an exciting future all of you have at this amazing airline.  Resilient through economic downturns by ever leading the airfreight world to new and innovative markets, it’s sure to be a good ride as the future unfolds for each of you.

But sloshing through slush and de-ice fluid during a 727 walkaround for the AM launch as a new hire in 98’ I wasn’t so sure.  The old and creaky -100 jet didn’t even look right with big aluminum patches sewed haphazardly to the fuselage like a quilt stitched together by an elderly grandma with a bad case of the shakes.  The big round-head rivets looked more like the kind you’d see on old steam locomotives than the AN aircraft type I hoped the big rivets were.  At least the railroad style matched the steam gages in the cockpit.  Frank Lorenzo graffiti not well hidden above the FE seat told she was an Eastern hand-me-down ragdoll jet from some airplane thrift store.  It was hard to imagine this -100 was once one of the proud birds with a new mirror-like aluminum finish that took her former airline from recip prop planes into the jet age.

About this same time I was doing one of my first airport standbys when a very senior captain confided a deep dark secret.  Luckily, it was the pre-postal contract era when AOC and the ramp were total ghost towns in the afternoon.  The captain looked around carefully to be sure we were alone.  Then pointing to the green screen virtual-DOS computer, he in a near state of shame admitted he had never used a computer.  Getting repeated calls about emails he had never opened, he needed help.  Luckily, I didn’t get launched and was able to erase his shame with a few hours of computer IOE.

Recently I used our state of the art Flight Planning Center website and company iPad to flight plan a trip in a new 767.  Standing next to me was a wonderful and tech savvy first officer who is previously experienced flying the F-22 Raptor.  So wow, in a few short years, our equipment and our people have come a very long way!

Having checked out in two S/O seats, three F/O seats, and three captain seats, I must say our flex and LCA people are absolutely amazing.  Much more than knowing the planes and the simulators, they know it’s about people, and tired people at that showing in AOC and hotel lobbies at weird times all around the globe.

In those eight seats I got to meet a very wide cross section of our pilot group.  It has truly been a blessing to get to know each and every one of you.  Hearing of your journey to get here whether civilian or military has been an inspiring story in every case.  None of you had it easy, and I thank you for sharing.

I will close by contending it is not the aerodynamics of lift and thrust by which this great airline flies.  It’s none of that stuff.  Like most, Bernoulli is asleep at 4AM and unable to provide lift.  Instead, this airline soars by riding upon the shoulders of giants. Those giants are each and every one

Aaron Grady

Retirement

  • 23 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Aaron Grady

B767 Captain Aaron Grady #96982 (seniority #497), will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016. His final flight will be FDX 1654 SAN-IND, scheduled to arrive at 02:48 LBT December 20, 2016.


Aaron would like to share the following:

"Rather than drone on about my life, I’d like to present instead my Fedex career awards:

Best domicile:  Cologne.  After years of short European layovers, the experience of living and working in Europe was priceless.  Runner up: Anchorage.  It was six fun years for my then young family.  
 
Best instructors and Line check airmen:  Captains John Marino, David Jones, Pat May, Scott Stonier and Eric Lampela.

Best union volunteer work:  The Retirement and Insurance committee with Ken Binder, Corey Franklin, Andrew Franklin and Jim Ewen.  Runner up, would be the SIG under Rich Hughey, Marty Harrington and Bill Soer.  I am very proud to have worked with these committees. My work in R&I was the most professionally rewarding thing I’ve done outside of flying.

Biggest missed opportunity: To have served on the MEC.  I salute those who have taken that step, even if you ran and lost. Runner up in the field of regrets would be the opportunity to have lived and worked in the Hong Kong domicile. 

Best new hire class ever: Tom Prodanovich, Kent French, Mike Vangeelkerken, Rob Robertson and Chuck Schenk.  We made it boys!

Farewell to all my many friends here at Fedex, and thanks for your friendship and professionalism.
Aaron Grady
96982
aggrady@mac.com"

Jim Basciani

Retirement

  • 23 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Jim Basciani

B777 Captain Jim Basciani #34819 (Seniority #82) will retire from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.  Jim's last flight will be FDX 637 SEA - MEM arriving at 1057L on December 23, 2016.  Jim would like to share the following:

"Forty years ago this month I embarked on an adventure that would define my life when I reported to AOCS in Pensacola for some “personal development” thanks to the US Marine Corp drill instructors who greeted me that day. Superb Navy training flying the A-6 and A-4 followed. Those seven years were some of the greatest - Jim Bowman and I were squadron mates and JO bunk room pals who even then shared a subscription to Future Airline Pilots magazine. Seven years later I was lucky enough to get hired by FedEx - a company I knew very little about but definitely welcomed the job. Wasn’t thrilled to be sitting sideways carrying performance manuals instead of Jepps, coffee jugs, paylogs, and only flying night hub turns but the pay was good and I didn’t have to go on cruise. Now 32 years, 9 months, 14500 hours / 2400 landings later, a great decision in retrospect. Made Captain in 6 years and never looked back. Lots of time in some great a/c - 727, DC10, A300, MD11, 777. Did a little union work, struggled a lot building the first bidding program Fastbid (crude but not bad for a Bio major), but mostly just flew the line. Many thanks to all the folks who have flown with me over the years and helped make it safe and uneventful - lots of great aviators for sure. Thanks also to all the folks in training for making the many visits / ITU cycles relatively pleasurable and pain free. 

I now move on to the next phase of life knowing you will keep FedEx the great company it has been and keep the checks coming."

All the best,

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Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx after flying for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joseph Poston. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie Tilton; daughters, Tracy Poston (Hal), Amy Robertson (Dave), Heather Kerr (Brandon) and Paige Rogers (Jon); and grandchildren, Ben, Caleb, and Tabitha Poston, Jacob and Eva Kerr, and Peaches Robertson. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, patriot, and a die hard Tiger fan who will be greatly missed. 
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Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18.
The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were fostered by mom, Alberta (Pat) Skinner. The virtuoso excelled at USU, Logan and, after graduation, volunteered for Vietnam service in the USAF. After the war, the pilot began a long career flying for Flying Tigers (later, Federal Express). Simultaneously, he established the John Skinner Band. Skinner ensembles played fine music for thousands of California celebrations over several decades. The leader was also active in community. His efforts have supported Cazadero Music Camp (Sonoma County) for many years. His is survived by his wife Susan and daughter Kathryn Skinner.
The music never ends. Skinner's musicians will offer a celebration of his life on September 17, at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engel Rd, Carmichael. Anyone may attend. Downbeat is 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Cazadero Music Camp: PO Box 7908 Berkeley, CA 94707.
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  • 12 September 2017
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John Skinner
Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18.
The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were fostered by mom, Alberta (Pat) Skinner. The virtuoso excelled at USU, Logan and, after graduation, volunteered for Vietnam service in the USAF. After the war, the pilot began a long career flying for Flying Tigers (later, Federal Express). Simultaneously, he established the John Skinner Band. Skinner ensembles played fine music for thousands of California celebrations over several decades. The leader was also active in community. His efforts have supported Cazadero Music Camp (Sonoma County) for many years. His is survived by his wife Susan and daughter Kathryn Skinner.
The music never ends. Skinner's musicians will offer a celebration of his life on September 17, at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engel Rd, Carmichael. Anyone may attend. Downbeat is 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Cazadero Music Camp: PO Box 7908 Berkeley, CA 94707.

Robert (Bob) Tilton

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  • 30 August 2017
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

 

Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx after flying for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joseph Poston. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie Tilton; daughters, Tracy Poston (Hal), Amy Robertson (Dave), Heather Kerr (Brandon) and Paige Rogers (Jon); and grandchildren, Ben, Caleb, and Tabitha Poston, Jacob and Eva Kerr, and Peaches Robertson. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, patriot, and a die hard Tiger fan who will be greatly missed. 

FEDEX

2017

  • 16 August 2017
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FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise of even better future performance.

“FedEx has never been better positioned for significant long-term growth that delivers increased value to shareowners and a more promising future for our team members,” the chairman and chief executive officer said in a letter accompanying the annual report Tuesday.

FedEx achieved $60 billion in revenue for the first time, boosted by European acquisition TNT Express, and produced a record $5 billion operating profit, during the fiscal year ending May 31. FedEx employs about 30,000 in the Memphis area.

Investments include $1.8 billion in more efficient aircraft and related equipment and FedEx Ground’s addition of major distribution hubs, fully automated stations and other facilities to handle seasonal fluctuations, particularly in e-commerce.

Integration refers to the assimilation of acquired companies such as TNT Express, a key driver in an announced goal of increasing FedEx Express operating income by $1.5 billion a year within three years.

Innovation includes initiatives such as FedEx OnSite, an expanding network of pickup and dropoff locations, such as 8,000 Walgreens stores, that help control residential delivery costs while making services easier for consumers to access.

“While our residential e-commerce revenues are much smaller than our business-to-business revenues, it’s the fastest-growing market and requires constant innovation to make delivery to consumers more efficient,” Smith wrote.

His letter includes a hat tip to longtime lieutenant Mike Glenn and a nod to Dave Bronczek, who took over from Smith this year as president and chief operating officer.

Michael Hanshaw

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
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Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew some awesome jets and worked with many outstanding airmen who were dedicated and committed to serve our great country. The second half of my career, here at FEDEX, has been equally rewarding. Every day and every night, you deliver on the purple promise whether it’s clear and a million or a CAT III landing in a snow storm. I am proud to be one of you.

I thank Mr. Smith for having the vision and tenacity to make this company a great place to work. My thanks to Capt. Steve Harris and Capt. Fred Patterson for their hiring recommendations. Thanks to all the folks that make this operation work so great, from those on the line to those in the offices.

Finally, I want to thank my wife Pat and my family for allowing me to pursue my aviation career. You never complained about the moves or special occasions that were missed. Coming home to you has always been the best part of every day. I thank God for you and the life he has given us.

Pat and I will retire in Hope Hull, Alabama, just south of Montgomery. If you are passing through and need a hand or a cold beverage, give us a call at 334-284-3054, or send an email to beauhan@aol.com.


Fly Safe,
Michael A. Hanshaw

Dan L. Delane

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism. It has been a pleasure to work in an environment where I truly looked forward to coming to work with such an august group of people.  Well, perhaps not at 1 A.M., but once strapped in the jet, the clock did not seem to matter as much as when putting on the uniform, just out of bed.

Be well and tailwinds, all!
 
Sincerely,

Captain Dan L. Delane

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