Aircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1776 posts, RR: 8 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
The ALPA has adopted a new policy that features flight and duty times varying along with circadian rythms: longer duty hours would be limited to working periods started during "early" daylight. Shifts starting between 0700 and 1259 could get as long as 13h, and shifts starting between 0000 and 0359 would be limited to 9h max. To my layman's eyes, it seems to make much sense.
There are a few details more in this article. I would like to know the pilot's impressions on that one. Also, is there a chance that such a policy be adopted by airlines?
727forever From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 798 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
While I am not a circadian rythm expert, I have received briefings from NASA researchers who are. I think that a lot of thought went into the new ALPA policy with briefings from many of those same researchers. It also seems to make sense to my laymans eyes, but I do see a big loopwhole for the backside of the clock cargo operators. The policy states that the duty period must start within the 0000-0359 period. Most cargo operators start their duty day around 2000 +/- 2 hours so they will be able to power through the night under this policy.
As for seeing the policy enforced, probably not 100% but you will see it enforced at most carriers in the next round of negotiations if not earlier. ALPA policy is a funny thing. It is basically a statement of position from the association. It says this is our position/policy and all ALPA pilot groups will strive to put this policy into their collective bargaining agreements during the next round of negotiations. This may or may not be successful as the individual pilot groups, mec, will have to decide if the policy is important enough to negotiate for it or something else. I would guess that you will see many of the ALPA legacy carriers do this, but not as much buy in from the regionals as though they are the carriers that need this the most, will be the groups to get the most resistance from management.
The great equalizer in this is the FAA. There is a good chance that the new rest rules will mirror ALPAs new policy thereby making it law so negotiating for it will not be necessary.