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For All Pilots On The Forum

Tue Jun 29, 1999 7:18 am

Hi, with all the concern with increased safety because of the AA crash recently, what are some ways, maybe out of the ordinary, to make pilots jobs more safe and at the same time not increase airlines costs too much.
I mean be reasonable but, if it were up to you to start fresh with a totally new way of scheduling airline pilots, how would you do it keeping in mind the maximum hours allowed each day/month/year based on FAA regulations.
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RE: For All Pilots On The Forum

Tue Jun 29, 1999 8:15 am

The FAA regulations for pilot scheduling are as follows:
No more than 8 flying hours within a 24 hour period, no more than 30 within a week, 100 within a month and 1000 within a year. I would make sure there is a relief crew in case the pilots exceed their duty time, I mean a crew at any of the hubs. In the case of flight 1420, it was in Dallas it should have been the end of the duty for the crew. They had been on duty for more than 8 hours already! Within one day! A relief crew could have flown the aircraft to Little Rock. I just don't understand how the airline let the crew be on duty for such a long time within the day, with 2 or 3 stops.
If I were working in the crew scheduling department of an airline, I would make sure that no crew exceeds duty time, like I mentioned.

Ben Soriano
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RE: For All Pilots On The Forum

Tue Jun 29, 1999 12:25 pm

I'm sorry to deviate from the original question, but this is a response to the last post. We really must differentiate between "flying time," which is limited to 8 hours per day, and "duty time," which is limited by law to 16 hours a day and by AA's pilot contract to 14 hours per day. While the pilots were on duty for roughly 13.5 hours prior to the accident of 1420, they were below contractual limits, and well below legal duty time limits. The reason that the airline could allow the crew to be on duty for so long is that there was no reason not to. Were the crew members too fatigued to continue, they would be the only ones who could know that.