Our dear members,
The meeting with CAD had been held successfully and we would like to give you some updates regarding the four main topics that we had discussed during the meeting.
Review on the CAD371, 23 hours rule for cabin crews on standby
Lately, CAD had issued a revision regarding the above standby rule,18 hours will be used instead of 23 hours. CAD is seeking feedback from all the related parties, FAA welcomes this revision and and is looking forward to this revision to be implemented in the near future. The 2nd consultation is still on progress, FAA will do their best to feedback based on our roster pattern.
Reserve Callout Soft Rules:
Back in August 2012, the following soft rule was put in place as an agreement between FAA & ISD:
“If a Cabin or Flight Crew member is called out from Reserve for an FDP with a report time after the end of the scheduled Reserve Duty, then the maximum time limit between the start of the scheduled Reserve duty and the end of the planned FDP shall be 18 hours.”
In the future with the launch of this hard rule from CAD, FAA can certainly see an improvement in the area of early standby call out for late duty. Please stay tuned.
Fatigue Risk Management
Regarding fatigue risk management, CAD had shown their concerns and FAA is now asking our members to report to us regarding any extreme roster and / or pattern via the link in website or email. Therefore we can report to CAD directly after the evaluation of the cases.
Flight Time Limitation
It had come to CAD’s concern when crew members constantly being asked to extend the FTL during flight disruption. Therefore, both FAA and CAD strongly recommend each crew member, you need to be aware of the FTL whenever operating a flight. If it comes to the extension of FTL, each crew member needs to access his or her own condition before making the decision. CAD had also clearly stated that it is legal for a crew member not to extend the FTL due to his or her own condition.
FAA has expressed the concern of toxic fumes inside the aircraft. The air crews of British Airways have taken legal action as it is suspected that there is toxic fumes occurred inflight due to the limitation of the air filtering on most types of aircraft. CAD recommended all crew members who had enquiries about work related injury to go the Labour Department Occupational Health Clinic to seek for advice from doctors there. Moreinformation can be found on this website, http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/osh/content8.htm.
Last but not least, FAA did propose a regular meeting with CAD from time to time. More issues can be discussed and resolved with them on a regularly basis. If our members have more concerns regarding the above issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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