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How I Became a Pilot at UPS
UPS 767

Taking the path less traveled is difficult for anyone. It’s easy to be discouraged by the uncertainties and the lack of connections, and the feeling that you don’t belong can be intimidating. As a female, my road to becoming a 757/767 Assistant Chief Pilot at UPS had its own ups and downs.

I’ll be sharing my “path less traveled” story at the 2012 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky later this week.  I hope my testimony will inspire and encourage women to take the path less traveled.

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Rescuing Stranded Packages: The Hot-Spares Program (Video)
UPS Hot Spares

UPS Airlines’ hot-spares program has rescued more than 730,000 packages so far this year.  That’s 730,000 potential service interruptions that our customers never saw.

 “UPS dedicates 11 aircraft and 11 flight crews to its hot-spare program Monday through Friday every week to protect packages destined for Next Day Air sorts,” said David Grant, the Flight Operations Contingency supervisor who oversees the hot-spares program. “The planes are geographically positioned at seven air gateways across the United States to allow the company to reach any domestic gateway to rescue volume stranded for various reasons, such as aircraft mechanical problems or volume overflow.”      

A typical hot-spare flight could rescue 10,000 to 20,000 packages, according to Grant.

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UPS Pilot Teaches Youth to Navigate Life
Ray Robinson

Today’s story is part of our month-long series on UPSers as Everyday Heroes.

UPS MD-11 First Officer Ray Robinson creates extraordinary aviation and life lessons for students.

This summer, I worked with the Aviation Career Education Academy (ACE) in Louisville, Ky., which is hosted by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). That’s where I met Ray, who serves as the academy’s volunteer director. 

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The Quiet Professionals, Your Military Families

As an Air Force officer serving at UPS, I was filled with pride about the planning, skill and courage our Navy Seals exhibited during the successful Osama Bin Laden mission. Although considered quiet professionals who serve selflessly, video games and movies have popularized Navy Seals, Green Berets and other Special Forces units.

Recently, I was honored to meet another quiet professional, Lori Volkman, whose husband Randy is a UPS pilot and Naval reservist currently deployed for a year in the Middle East. Lori was nominated for the best spouse blogger award at the military bloggers conference awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Amelia Earhart Inspires Women Aviators at UPS

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Unless you’re an avid aviation enthusiast or an expert in history’s greatest mysteries, you probably didn’t know that Jan. 11 is Amelia Earhart Day. Declared thusly to honor the famous aviator who, on this day 76 years ago, became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California. Sadly, two years later in 1937, Earhart’s aircraft disappeared over the South Pacific on a voyage that was to be the first round-the-world flight piloted by a woman.

The fates of Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan still fascinate the public. Theories abound ranging from a crash landing in the ocean to more colorful explanations involving international government conspiracies. One thing is for sure, Ms. Earhart is revered as an inspiration for nearly eight decades of women who have made careers in aviation.

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UPS Pilot Furloughs

Sometimes, business decisions are painful. This is the case as UPS Airlines begins furloughing pilots this week.

We understand the impact of furloughs on our employees and their families, which is why we spent the past year working exhaustively with the pilots’ union on voluntary alternatives to save jobs, such as short-and long-term leaves of absences and job sharing.

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UPS James Casey Community Award – Service with No Boundaries – UPS Pilot Saluted for Helping Others

Paul Warrington testing water in CambodiaLike many UPS employees, Assistant Chief Pilot Paul Warrington spends his spare time helping others – but this story is a little different. He, his friends and family have logged more than 12,000 volunteer hours helping the needy in Cambodia over the last six years.

Based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Paul and his family have dedicated their spare time to helping the impoverished and underserved people of Cambodia, half the world away. UPS has named Paul this year’s winner of the James Casey Community Service Award in recognition of his service.

The James E. Casey Community Service Award is given to one UPS employee who demonstrates exceptional commitment to helping others in their community each year. Established in 1995, the award was named in honor of UPS founder Jim Casey, who strongly believed in helping our communities. 

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