Usair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3750 times:
I just got back from SDF on WN 806 which was routed TPA-SDF-MDW-DEN-ABQ-PHX-BUR. I was only on the SDF-MDW-DEN-ABQ portion but I did notice a crew change in DEN but it was only 2:00 (I imagine they took a brief rest before flying again due to FAA regs) so did they probally go elsewhere? Also on the way out my flight was WN 87 from ABQ-DAL-STL-SDF-TPA-PBI with a change in STL (Was an ABQ originator). Maybe some WN employees can help with my question.
Barney Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1148 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3728 times:
We generally stay with the same a/c all day - but 1 or 2 plane changes are not uncommon. We basically have AM and PM trips - start @ dawn, finish in the afternoon, or start in the afternoon and finish @ 10-11pm. This is VERY general and can vary quite a bit, but as the a/c works its way through the day, any number of crews get plugged in along the way to make the schedule flow. I can remember flying 6 legs in the same a/c, only to go through 3 sets of FA's. It's a dance that requires A LOT of work and when you throw weather, mechanicals, and work regulations in to the mix, it gets interesting very fast. A crew schedulers job is not an easy one.
Dufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 821 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3534 times:
Quoting PeterPuck (Reply 6): At least in Canada, a split duty day requires a minimum rest period of 4 hrs in a suitable accommodation for proper rest. A break at the airport doesn't count.
From our OM..
A suitable accommodation will be provided in case that the period of break is 4 hours and more or if
break of 3 and more hours coincides into time between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. of the local time in place
of break. In other cases adequate facilities must be provided.
So it depends. And I agree, spending those hours at the airport is useless rest..
I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
It's called "the Burrito dash". Every seasoned crew has a failsafe takeout option nearest the company gates in just about any airport with decent offerings On a 30 minute turn there should be enough time to grab a burrito, in theory.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
We rarely have time (FA's) to leave the plane and if the pilots don't offer (most do) then we don't get to eat. It was difficult for a while with some complicated FAR interpretation issues we've had regarding minimum crew, but it'll change back in a few days and one FA will be able to make a food run occasionally. Of course if we're experiencing IROP then it can be a long time before you eat any real food.
I personally try to bring a food-bag with lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, pasts, bread... good stuff to snack on and stay healthy!
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