EASA AMC1 ORO.FTL.235(b) Rest Periods

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ORO.FTL.235 Rest Periods

MINIMUM REST PERIOD AWAY FROM HOME BASE

The time allowed for physiological needs should be 1 hour. Consequently, if the travelling time to the suitable accommodation is more than 30 minutes, the operator should increase the rest period by twice the amount of difference of travelling time above 30 minutes.

2 thoughts on “EASA AMC1 ORO.FTL.235(b) Rest Periods

  1. Good evening
    Can you please give me your understanding of the maximum travel time from the airport to the hotel during stopovers.
    Does the 30 minute travel time limit apply even if the actual rest time at the hotel is for example 20h?
    Or can the crews be accommodated in hotels more than 30 minutes away?
    Thank you

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    1. Hi,
      So you asked the following:
      Can you please give me your understanding of the maximum travel time from the airport to the hotel during stopovers.
      Does the 30 minute travel time limit apply even if the actual rest time at the hotel is for example 20h?
      Or can the crews be accommodated in hotels more than 30 minutes away?

      The key to understanding is in the Bold text below.

      ORO.FTL.235 Rest Periods
      (b)           Minimum rest period away from home base.The minimum rest period provided before undertaking an FDP starting away from home base shall be at least as long as the preceding duty period, or 10 hours, whichever is greater. This period shall include an 8-hour sleep opportunity in addition to the time for travelling and physiological needs.

      EASA has also provided the following:

      AMC1 ORO.FTL.235(b) Rest Periods 
      MINIMUM REST PERIOD AWAY FROM HOME BASE 
      The time allowed for physiological needs should be 1 hour. Consequently, if the travelling time to the suitable accommodation is more than 30 minutes, the operator should increase the rest period by twice the amount of difference of travelling time above 30 minutes.

      A rest period is measured from Release from Duty to Report to duty. this period may never be less than 10:00.
      Within that 10:00 period, the crew member must have 0:30 for travel to the ‘Hotel’, 8:00 sleep opportunity, 1:00 for person needs and 0:30 for travel from the ‘Hotel’.
      So 10:00 = 0:30 + 8:00 + 1:00 + 0:30, if the travel time is increased to 0:45 each way, the minimum rest period must be increased, 10:30 = 0:45 + 8:00 + 1:00 + 0:45.

      Travel time is local in nature and should be relatively short so as not to cause additional fatigue.A good limit is 90 minutes (1:30).
      While crew members should consider temporary accommodations if normal travel exceeds 1:30 at home base, it seems reasonable that the operator should make the same considerations when planning rest periods for a crew member away from base.

      GM1 CS FTL.1.200 Home Base
      TRAVELLING TIME 
      Crew members should consider making arrangements for temporary accommodation closer to their home base if the travelling time from their residence to their home base usually exceeds 90minutes.

      Technically there is no official limit, but I believe that reason limits are expected.
      /Garret

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