CS FTL.1.200 Home Base

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ORO.FTL.200 Home Base

(a)       The  home  base  is  a  single  airport  location  assigned  with  a  high  degree  of permanence.

(b)       In the case of a change of home base, the first recurrent extended recovery rest period prior to starting duty at the new home base is increased to 72 hours, including 3 local nights. Travelling time between the former home base and the new home base is positioning.

GM1 CS FTL.1.200 Home Base

2 thoughts on “CS FTL.1.200 Home Base

  1. How much time is “high degree of permanence”? Can the airline expect a crew member to start his duty in a location different from the home base, for a period of more than 3 months?


    1. Two very good questions.

      BALPA wrote a comment during the CRD period with respect to “high degree of permanence”:

      CRD 2010-14

      ORO.FTL.205 Home base
      An operator shall assign a home base for each crew member. An operator shall:
      ..assign a home base for each crew member with a high degree of permanence.

      BALPA commend EASA on accepting the principle of a single airport home base.

      Home base is a crucial concept for any FTL scheme.
      Insufficient provisions can lead to significant abuses.
      It is a key priority for BALPA.
      While the Home base definition is intended to mean a single and permanent location (in line with the ICAO requirement of ‘permanence’), using the words ‘normally’ and ‘normal’ leaves it wide open to interpretations.
      The CS.FTL.1.205 attempts to clarify this by adding ‘with a high degree of permanence’, which is good.
      However, the principle of permanence must be contained in the legally binding IR.
      The possibility and exceptional nature of changing the home base must also be spelled out in the IR, including the requirement to establish procedures for such a home base change.
      SubPart Q application has shown that not specifying the principle of permanence in the legally binding IR, allows practices where home base changes can become a standard operational practice (weekly or monthly change in Home base).
      This results in the crew having to use recovery weekly rest to travel from base to base.
      Such practices are known to induce dangerous additional fatigue.
      Hence, EASA’s IR provisions need to be strengthened.

      As of today, EASA has yet to directly address this specific issue, you may seek further advice from your local CAA, Airline or Union.

      Your second question deals with a crew member being assigned to a operate at a location other than the previously established home base.

      This is technically legal as long as all other provisions of ORO.FTL have been complied with.
      It may seem inconvenient, and possibly more fatiguing, so it should be monitored.

      The transfer of a crew member from one base to another, may be done by the airline as long as the provisions of ORO.FTL.200 / CS FTL.1.200 have been complied with.

      Some airlines have requested Individual Flight Time Scheduling Schemes (IFTSS) with respect to Co-Bases for nearby airports eg) LGW & LHR, or ORY & CDG.
      When a IFTSS is granted, the Operations Manual (OM) shoudl contain instructions for those crew members assigned to that co-base.
      Again, you should have discussions with your airline with respect to such matters.



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