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Busting FTL limits - Emirates Airline's latest trick!

Old 18th Apr 2007, 04:00
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EK will stop it too but only after they have their MK moment.
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Old 18th Apr 2007, 05:38
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The rumbling on the street is that it's coming...all trends point to it. Swiss cheese, error chain, call it whatever you like...guys are just...plain...tired.
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Old 18th Apr 2007, 21:57
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Dan & Paris,
What about those of us who chose to live many miles from base and commute, arriving before flights, in many cases long-haul? This has always been something that has been ignored, both by the airlines and the regulatory authorities but I think it's just a matter of time before an accident happens that reveals that the pilot left home (perhaps in another country) several hours before his report time, with none of the travel time being taken into account before his 14 hour duty day.
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Old 18th Apr 2007, 22:02
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Mujan,

Surely that is your choice to live a distance away from your base and have to commute. If your airline is anything like mine then they expect you to present yourself for duty sufficiently rested to perform the subsequent duty. If your commute is really so far that this new measure will affect you in such a way perhaps you should travel earlier to allow a period of rest before duty... or .... move closer. I get quite sick of the guys at work who have chosen to commute and then moan about how hard done by they are.
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Old 19th Apr 2007, 01:30
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A long haul commute immediately prior to reporting is a choice. Not a good one, but a choice. I know one guy who used to commute out on the very same aircraft he flew back to his home airport. He was sacked when found out, so in some cases the company does take notice.

I used to have a 3 hour drive to report for a long haul job. That was my limit. But when you have no choice such as in the case of the MK guys who died at Halifax, that's a very different matter!
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Old 19th Apr 2007, 07:52
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When a friend of mine knew he was going to be leaving Emirates he had to round down his hours and hope that the UK airline he was applying to didn't do their sums too closely when they examined his logbook!

First time I have ever heard of a pilot saying he had done less hours than he had actually done.
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Old 19th Apr 2007, 08:22
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Oh, I think you'll find that that quite a few pilots (outside of Europe) have a similar experience. Without pointing any specific fingers, I have friends who have flown in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia who have way under-reported hours on their logbooks.
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Old 9th May 2007, 09:42
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AH,
you appear to have misread my post or not read all of it. I am not one of those that choose to live a long way away. But there are many of us that do, in all parts of the world, and the regulators and airlines turn a blind eye to it.
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Old 9th May 2007, 10:29
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Please don't give the powers that be an excuse to legislate yet more of our lives. What next? We all have to live next to the airport ( Is Hounslow - West, or Hayes close enough ) and forced to take drug induced sleep to ensure we are rested before that 2000 Local report? Perhaps pilots will not allowed to have children/husbands/wives/domestic minor crises because they may interfere with preflight rest.

In my experience Shorthaul commuting (by air) is less stressful than battling traffic on the UK Major roads and maybe the longhaul commuters may be better acclimatised than the locals for the late night reports and departures, though I'm not advocating jump straight off the longhaul commute and into the Flight Deck.
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Old 11th May 2007, 13:32
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Sounds pretty much like normality in aviation today. You wont believe what we put up with. Any one know when the next Emirates open day is and where?
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Old 11th May 2007, 16:04
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Surely the maximum number of hours flown in a month is not for Emirates to decide but the local CAA.
Could someone confirm that this instruction has come from local CAA in a legal rule change; if not you could be breaking the law.
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Old 12th May 2007, 06:41
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Surely the maximum number of hours flown in a month is not for Emirates to decide but the local CAA.
Could someone confirm that this instruction has come from local CAA in a legal rule change; if not you could be breaking the law.
It appears that in an act of desperation, the management here has interpreted the regulation that deals with the logging of time as an augmenting crewmember to also apply towards the FTL's (ie. time spent in the bunk cannot count towards total time for the purposes of attaining a license). Never mind that when they tried this before, the GCAA intervened. It is well known that we are facing a severe crewing shortage this summer and this appears to be their solution. What is not known is whether the GCAA is going along with this or not.

They have tried to tell us that they are being "forced" to do this by the GCAA and that they "really don't want to". Of course, when asked why they don't simply apply a more conservative approach and state that they will only roster crews to the 100 hours in 28 days, (including augmenting operations) they are silent.
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Old 12th May 2007, 09:02
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What medical evidence is there to support such a blatant disregard for safety.. ... start a union, they can't sack all of you.
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Old 12th May 2007, 14:04
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Sour grapes...?

Could it be that many (or at least some) of the comments here with negative waves are actually from folks who have approached, and been rejected from, EK?
Perish the thought.
Now, when you do apply for a job, any job, you are asking for work.
Is it not then reasonable to expect the airline, when they hire the pilots, to expect those pilots to actually adhere to the terms and conditions, even if one of those conditions means sitting/resting in suitable crew rest areas?
Augmented/double crews have been used for years, so get used to it.
However, if on the other hand, some already at EK, and don't like the 'factoring', have a clear path...quit, and find other employment.
Been done before...
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Old 12th May 2007, 14:55
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What a good job I have....

(80 Hours a month , every night home , 12 duty days...
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Old 15th May 2007, 08:12
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the management here has interpreted the regulation that deals with the logging of time as an augmenting crewmember to also apply towards the FTL's (ie. time spent in the bunk cannot count towards total time for the purposes of attaining a license). Never mind that when they tried this before, the GCAA intervened.
Surely it is up to the individual not to exceed the mandatory legal limit set down by the local GCAA. Unless the company can show that the law has been changed it would have ramifications both for the individual and the company concerned.

Ask to the the GCAA approval for this change in the law.
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Old 15th May 2007, 08:36
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Is it not then reasonable to expect the airline, when they hire the pilots, to expect those pilots to actually adhere to the terms and conditions, even if one of those conditions means sitting/resting in suitable crew rest areas?
Is it not reasonable to expect the airline, to actually adhere to the terms and conditions in force when they hire the pilots? There's a concept.

"Just quit". Ah, the catchall solution. Why didn't I think of it.
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Old 15th May 2007, 10:36
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Surely it is up to the individual not to exceed the mandatory legal limit set down by the local GCAA. Unless the company can show that the law has been changed it would have ramifications both for the individual and the company concerned.
Well the big question is whether this is the company being aggressive without the acquiescence of the GCAA in which case we may see a "clarification" or whether they have the approval to apply the regulation as they have. As far as individuals asserting their own interpretations of the CAR's, that's where it gets fun being an expat with "limited rights". Even if guys do refuse to fly 120 hour months of "factored" time, I'm sure there will be plenty more who will be only too happy to take the paycheck. I just hope I'm not in the back of their airplane.
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Old 15th May 2007, 11:34
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er, where did FTL come from?

Anyone know who/when invented the FTL numbers in the first place? Where is the research that says that any one number - 900, is better/worse than another - especially with current fatigue-inducing rosters??
The military in the UK used to research this sort of stuff, but I have no idea whether or not they still do.
I'm not after the law, more the bright spark/team/cttee who invented 900 and the research behind it.

(UK law below)
The reference for UK law is the Air Navigation Order, Section 1 Part VI, Paragraph 74 1 (b)

(1) Subject to paragraph 2, a person shall not act as a member of the flight crew of an aircraft registered in the UK if at the beginining of the flight the aggregate of all his previous flight times:
(b) during the period of twelve months expiring at the end of the previous month exceeds 900 hours.

It then goes on to talk about exceptions in paragraph 2.

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Old 15th May 2007, 16:13
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shall not
I think that you will find at the front of the ANO a definition of shall i.e that it is mandatory, other than of course the exceptions in para 2.
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