...In the above example the BA0213 LHR-BOS today was delayed by 5 hours...Would the same crew take the flight?..
However, don't make the mistake of treating the crew
as a single entity, with a single duty hour limit. The crew will comprise of around 15 individuals, who may have several different duty hour limitations, all of which must be taken into account to find their individual duty hour limit.
For example, there may be a crewmember who has been:
- * On standby since early morning, who will have an earlier start of duty time than anyone else.
- * Swopped onto this flight from an earlier flight, who will have a different start of duty time to anyone else.
- * Positioned in from another base earlier today, and who will now have fewer duty hours remaining than anyone else.
- * Rostered close to a weekly/monthly flying hour limit and has limited scope for an extended duty day.
- * Subject to reduced rest at base after their previous flight and has reduced duty hour availability.
My personal record is five different sets of maximum duty hours available on one crew.
The rules do vary from company to company and state to state as you suggest. Most crews will be classed as on duty at the time they are required to report for the flight, usually around one hour or so before scheduled departure, at which point the duty-clock starts ticking.
Under JAA rules, the Captain can extend a duty-day, under certain circumstances, at his discretion. Whilst this may make the proposed (extended) flight legal, it does not necessarily compel a crew member to work beyond their contractual obligations to their company.
Who has the last say? Look at it this way:
* Ignore your Captain's ruling and you answer to your manager.
- * Break your Company's rules and you answer to your company's disciplinary board.
- * Exceed your State Aviation Authority limits, and you answer to the Judge!
[Edited 2010-12-27 17:58:34]