Fatigue Management - Schedule Introduction
1.1 The requirements below apply to all flight crew.
1.2 Where an international operation involves a time zone change of not more than three hours between 'home base' and all intermediate ports, the domestic standard may be used.
2.1 Cumulative Duty: The progressive sum of duty periods.
2.2 Day: A day is the period between local midnight and the subsequent local midnight.
2.3 Duty: Any task (including positioning) that a flight crewmember is required to carry out associated with the business of an operator.
2.4 Duty Period: A period which starts when a flight crew member is required by an operator to report for a duty, until the flight crew member is free of all duties.
2.5 Emergency Service: An emergency service is where an operator is required to have an aircraft available on a continuous basis, and where the duties performed are of a life saving, public safety, police emergency or medical emergency nature.
2.6 Fire Bombing: The activity of dropping water or fire retardant chemicals to extinguish a fire.
2.7 Flight Crew Member: A licenced crewmember charged with duties essential to the operation of an aircraft in flight.
2.8 Flight Deck Duty: Is the total time a flight crewmember is on duty on the flight deck in a flight duty period.
2.9 Flight Duty Period: A period which starts when a flight crew member is required by an operator to report for a duty period in which flight as an operating crew member is undertaken, and finishes not less than 15 minutes after the end of the block time of the final flight as an operating crew member.
2.10 Flight Time: Means not less than the total time between when an aircraft first moves from its parking place, until the latter of the aircraft coming to rest at the designated parking position or until all engines are stopped.
2.11 Late Night Operation: A late night operation is an operation where the flight duty period includes more than 30 minutes between the hours of 2300 and 0530.
2.12 Reporting Time: Reporting time shall be the time when the flight crewmember is required by an operator to report for any duty. The reporting time shall be at least 45 minutes before the start of the first block time as an operating crew member: this 45 minute requirement may be reduced to 30 minutes where computerized flight planning or flight dispatch facilities are used.
2.13 Rest Period: A period of time during which a flight crew member is at suitable resting accommodation or suitable sleeping accommodation, and is relieved of all duties associated with employment.
2.14 Sector: A flight or portion of a flight consisting of a take?off and a landing. During a training session, each hour or part thereof shall be considered as one sector.
2.15 Split Duty: A duty period or flight duty period, which contains a rest period during which the flight crewmember is relieved of all duty.
2.16 Standby: A period during which a flight crewmember is required to be available for a duty period. Standby is neither duty, nor time free of duty.
2.17 Suitable Resting Accommodation: A comfortable resting area which is environmentally conducive to rest, which contains a comfortable chair and at which the flight crew member has access to sustenance at times appropriate to the flight duty requirements.
2.18 Suitable Sleeping Accommodation: A comfortable self-contained room with (normal) single occupancy, with the use of a bed and a comfortable chair. The room is to be subject to minimum noise levels, with facilities to control light, be well ventilated and with air conditioning (if available). The flight crewmember shall have access to sustenance at times appropriate to the flight duty requirements.
2.19 Tactical Fire Fighting: Is the carriage of equipment and persons by an aircraft that is flying exclusively for one or a combination of the following purposes: fire suppression, fire mapping or back burning; and/or firebombing operations.
2.20 Time Free of Duty: A period of time during which a flight crewmember is free of all duty and standby associated with his or her employment.
3.1 Adequate Well Being Before Flight
3.1.1 A flight crew member shall not knowingly operate an aircraft and an operator shall not knowingly require or knowingly permit a flight crew member to operate an aircraft unless at the start of any duty period:
(a) the operator has provided opportunity for and the flight crew member has taken adequate rest;
(b) the operator has provided opportunity for and the flight crew member has taken adequate sustenance; and
(c) the flight crew member is free of any fatigue, illness, injury, medication or drug which could impair the safe exercise of his or her licence privileges.
3.2 Use of Rest
3.2.1 An operator shall provide opportunity for and a flight crew member shall ensure that adequate rest is taken during the period prior to commencing or recommencing duty.
3.3 Flight Crew Responsibility for Continuation of Flight
3.3.1 Following commencement of a flight duty period, an operator shall provide opportunity for and a flight crew member shall ensure that sustenance adequate for physical well being is taken during any duty period, and shall not knowingly continue to operate an aircraft past the nearest suitable point of landing, if during the flight duty period the individual is affected by any physical or psychological condition which could impair the safe exercise of the flight crew member 's licence privileges.
3.4 Operations Under More Than One Part
3.4.1 A flight crew member operating under more than one Part of these orders during a duty period, shall be limited by the conditions applying to the Part which is the most restrictive.
3.5 Extension of Duty
3.5.1 A flight crew member may extend a duty already commenced providing he or she considers that he or she is mentally and physically fit for the extension. Where a flight crewmember uses discretion to extend a duty period beyond that allowed by roster limits the flight crewmember shall provide a report in accordance with the provisions of the operations manual and the operator shall retain the report for at least 365 days.
3.6 Private Operations
3.6.1 The holder of a pilot licence other than a private pilot licence who engages in aerial work, charter, or regular public transport operations, shall be subject to the flight and duty time limitations specified by CASA in this Schedule. Calculations of flight and duty time limitations made under the provisions of this schedule shall take into account any flight and duty time performed in the course of private operations.
4.1 Where the Authority forms the opinion that the flight crew rostering and operating practices of an operator, when viewed in their entirety, are unsafe, the Authority may direct that one, or several of the limits be reduced, or time free of duty be increased, such that the rostering and operating practices of that operator are considered safe.
4.2 A direction given under 4.1 shall not be given without timely notice, unless safety circumstances dictate that less notice is required.