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TACARE Report

Subject: Issues Regarding to Flight Time Limitations of Flight Crew
Time: 2010/4/8 Classification: Working-hour
 Brief Description:

The reporter stated, according to the Aircraft Flight Operation Regulations, Article 37:

3. Flight time limitations of double flight crew composition:

c) A pilot shall be given a rest period of 24 consecutive hours during any 7 consecutive days.

Flight crew on flight duty of aircraft flown between two points which has a time zone difference of 6 hours or more and stay more than 48 hours in such different time zone, shall not be scheduled for another flight duty within 48 hours at the end of such flight, except if the next scheduled flight destination is in the same time zone as that of the previous flight or is within 3 hours time zone difference of the previous stop.

The reporter took crew roster 12 for example, between these two, flight duty no.1~6 are exactly the same, the differences are, the time gap between flight duty 67 in crew roster 1 is 34 hours ( less than 48 hours ), the time gap between flight duty 67 in crew roster 2 is 51 hours ( more than 48 hours ).

                              Crew Roster 1

  Note: Time in this table is local time.

 

                                    Crew Roster 2

  Note: Time in this table is local time.

The reporter stated, if we put flight duty 5 and 6 together, since the layover time in destination D, west America was less than 48 hours, therefore when returning to Taipei, there was no need to rest for 48 hours before being dispatched again to conduct flight duty of any time zone. However, if we took flight duty 1 ~ flight duty 6 as a whole, the layover time in America was more than 48 hours, and the time difference was more than 6 hours, therefore after returning to Taipei, a 48-hour rest was required before being dispatched again to conduct duty in any time zone.

The reporter wanted to know, according to regulations, which one of crew roster 1 and crew roster 2 was a legal dispatch?

 
 TACARE Office:

The TACARE working group deems, from the example crew roster of the reporter, when flight duty no.1~4 (TPEDestination A in West AmericaDestination B in East AmericaDestination C in west America TPE) returns to Taipei, it is “return to base after duty”, which is conformed to the meaning of “at the end of such flight”, therefore the company “shall not be scheduled for another flight duty within 48 hours”, however, since the time difference is within 3 hours for the next dispatching destination (Destination D in West America) and the previous stop (Destination C in West America ), therefore the restriction does not apply. Since the flight crew of no.5~6 flight duty (TPEDestination D in West AmericaTPE) do not stay for more than 48 hours in Destination D in west America, therefore when the duty is completed and return to base (Taipei), the flight crew does not have to rest for more than 48 hours to be dispatched again to conduct any flight duty in any time zone, hence crew roster 1 and crew roster 2 are both legal dispatches.

In Summary, the key point of this issue is that the flight crew has returned to Taipei between flight duty no.1~4 and no.5~6, which is conformed to the meaning ofthe end of such flight” according to the regulations, and should be considered as two duties, whether stay more than 48 hours in such different time zone or not should be considered separately.

 
 
 
 
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