Common Questions and Answers:
When does rest begin and end?
Rest begins upon release from duty and ends upon reporting for duty. When your activities are at your own volition, you are considered released from duty or at rest. When your activities are directed by the company and not at your own volition, you are considered on duty or not at rest.
Is driving from my home or from a hotel to the airport considered duty?
No, transportation that is local in nature such as driving to or from your home or hotel is considered part of your rest period.
Is training considered duty?
Training that is directed by the company and not at your own volition is duty and not considered rest. However, training directed by the company and completed at your own volition, is considered rest. An example would be distant learning conduct at your discretion.
Why is there a Standard Rest Period?
Crewmembers without a current flight assignment are assigned a standard rest period. In this way, the crewmember can plan their activities and the company can ensure compliance with regulatory rest requirements. The company standard 10-hour Rest Period begins daily at 2100 LCL and ends at 0700 LCL.
Can the Company contact me during a rest period?
Yes. The FAA allows for the “one phone call” rule. The company can call you one time during your rest period without it being considered an interruption. You cannot be asked to perform a duty function. However, you can contact the company and answer electronic communications as frequently as you wish as long as it is at your own volition.
What callout notice is required?
Except for duty occurring in the 14-hours after the end of a Standard Rest Period, you must be given a call out notice of at least 10-hours prior to an assignment.
What are the regulatory flight and duty time limits?
The planned flight time shown on your crew release cannot exceed 10-hours and the planned duty time cannot exceed 14-hours in any 24-hour period for a crew consisting of two (2) pilots. Company scheduling software will not allow a crew release to be generated that exceeds the limitations and also applies curtailment to provide a wider margin of safety.
Can I exceed the planned flight and duty time limits?
Yes. In the unforeseen event that actual flight or duty time exceeds the scheduled times on your release, the company has established a procedure that has been accepted by the FAA CHDO for continuing the flight and getting the passengers safely to their destination. All continuations must be approved on a case by case basis by the Chief Pilot or their assigns.
Examples are provided in Section 15 of the GOM which can be found on the company website employee portal and on crewmember iPads.