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Flight crew duty times (Robert Dorsett)
(true, smirk)

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

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

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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