A meeting with CAD has been set on 14th December, 2016 and our agenda is mainly based on flight safety, flight operation and the associated fatigue issues.
Our four main topics are as below.
Review on the CAD371, 23 hours rule for cabin crews on standby
Currently, if a cabin crew is on standby starting from 0600LT and under the 23 hours rule, a cabin crew can work up to 0500LT on the next day. Even though there is a soft rule between KA-ISD and FAA that 18 hours rule should be applied instead of 23 hours rule, however calling out for a late checking out duty from morning standby still happens from time to time.
Fatigue risk management
Under KA operation, cabin crew does encounter enormous duty changes due to ATC flow control, therefore it does happen very often that cabin crew will encounter minimum rest between duties, having alternating day / night duties, or having “unknown” duties / reporting time. It does cause fatigue issue easily.
Flight time limitation
Under CAD371, there is a maximum allowable FDP for the operator to follow. However, when it comes to the extension of maximum allowable FDP due to various reasons, the commander needs to access all cabin crew’s condition but he is also the final decision maker.
Toxic fumes issue
It’s been stated in many articles that the air in the cabin is not totally healthy for cabin crew to breath in due to the way how fresh air enters the cabin through the engines.
Your FAA exco are looking forward to this meeting and we also hope this meeting will be a fruitful and constructive one, therefore all the concerns we stated above can be addressed and more information can be shared with you after the meeting.
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