AVIATION (PILOTS & CREW FATIGUE) / This “clarification” responds to various questions posed after the FAA issued its final rule on January 4, 2012, that amends the existing flight, duty and rest regulations applicable to certificate holders and their flightcrew members.

See past post of this blog here.

March 5, 2013, Clarification.

“The FAA published a final rule on January 4, 2012, that amends the existing flight, duty and rest regulations applicable to certificate holders and their flightcrew members. Since then, the FAA has received numerous questions about the new flight, duty, and rest rule. This is a response to those questions.”

Note that this is a voluminous entry in the Federal Register. 

Questions answered relate to the following topics raised: 

“A. Applicability

i. Applicability of Previous Flight, Duty, and Rest Interpretations to Part 117

ii. Voluntary Implementation of Part 117 Before January 4, 2014

iii. Part 91 Flights

B. Definitions

i. Deadhead Transportation

1. Length of Deadhead

2. Transportation to a Suitable Accommodation

ii. Duty

1. Collective Bargaining Agreement Requirement

2. Limitations on Duty

iii Flight Duty Period (FDP)

1. Type of Duty That Is Included in an FDP

2. Meaning of “Futher Aircraft Movement”

iv. Physiological Night’s Rest

v. Rest Facility

vi. Suitable Accommodation

C. Fitness for Duty

i. Means of Certification

ii. Certifying as to Specific Flight Segments

D. Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS)

i. Scope of an FRMS

ii. Implementing an FRMS Before January 4, 2014

E. Fatigue Education and Awareness Training Program

i. Whether the Program Has To Be Approved or Accepted

ii. Whether Training Needs To Begin Before January 4, 2014

iii. Completion Date for Initial Training

iv. Credit for Previously-Completed Training

F. Flight Time Limitations

i. Taking Off Knowing That the Flight Will Exceed Flight Time Limits

ii. Flight Time During a Taxiing Delay

iii. Repositioning From Customs to a Domestic Gate

G. Flight Duty Period: Unaugmented Operations

i. Adjusting FDP Start Time

ii. Adjusting the Number of Flight Segments

H. Split Duty

i. Extending the 14-hour Split Duty Limit

ii. Actual Split Duty Rest Exceeding Scheduled Rest

iii. Time Zone on Which Split Duty Rest is Based

I. Flight Duty Period: Augmented Operations

i. Three-Flight-Segment Limit

ii. Mixed Operations

iii. Time Each Augmented Flightcrew Member Spends at the Controls

iv. Broken Rest Facility

J. Flight Duty Period Extensions

i. Determining Whether Pre or Post-Takeoff FDP Extension Applies

ii. Diversions and FDP Extensions

iii. Exceeding the Cumulative Limits

iv. PIC Concurrence in FDP Extension

v. Using Multiple Extensions

K. Reserve

i. Airport Reserve

ii. Short-Call Reserve

1. Determining What FDP Limit Applies for Each FDP + Reserve Limit

2. Rest Period Before Being Assigned A RAP

3. Early Termination of a RAP

4. Additional Questions

iii. Long-Call Reserve

L. Cumulative Limitations

M. Rest Period

i. Sleep Opportunity

1. Definition of Sleep Opportunity

2. Interruptions to the Sleep Opportunity That Are Not Caused by Carrier

ii. Requirement To Perform a Task During a Rest Period

iii. One-Phone Call Rule

iv. Point of Reference for the 30-Hour Rest Period

v. Prospective Identification of a Rest Period

vi. Assigning an FDP

vii. Requirements of § 117.25(d)

viii. Deadheading

N. Consecutive Nighttime Operations

i. Applicability to Augmented Operations

ii. Applicability to FDPs That Begin During the WOCL

iii. How Often the Mid-Duty Break Must Be Provided

iv. Whether Reserve Triggers § 117.27

O. Applicability to Flight Attendants.”