I was recently discussing flight crew duty times with an airline pilot. He had a rather humorous reply, which is (anonymously! :-)) given below: --------- My experience (and hearsay) indicates that, on US carriers, NO attention whatsoever is paid to the issue of crew fatigue in arriving at scheduling decisions. Crews are scheduled for maximum 'productivity' within the limitations of the Federal Air Regulations's and their contract. Let me give you an example from my own experience. I lived along the Blue Ridge in Virginia, and was based in Washington (737 Captain). About 11:00 PM I received a call from crew-scheduling; they could not find anyone to cover a 737 trip originating at LaGuardia at 7:00 AM the next morning. Now bear in mind that this was happening at 11:00 PM, and that I was just about to go to bed, having been up since 6:00 AM. They wanted me to drive to Baltimore (1:45), catch a 3:00 AM US Air flight to LaGuardia, sit around LaGuardia for 3 hours, then START a 12-1/2 hour work day! At the time I originated the flight at LaGuardia, I would have been awake for 25 hours!! I suggested that this was not a very safe operation, but there was no interest in any consideration but getting a body to cover the trip. I would up telling them that I would be happy to come to LaGuardia as scheduled, but I was sure that by 7:00 AM I would have to call off the trip as 'fatigued'. Our business concluded, I said the the scheduler, "Ok, now off the record, would you put your wife and kids on a flight, knowing that the crew had been awake for 25 hours when the flight started?" He said, "certainly not the kids, but maybe the wife...!"
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