Mumbai: With stress and fatigue among the cabin crew increasing in recent times, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has drafted a new set of civil aviation requirements on Flight Duty Time Limitation (FDTL).
This covers both aircraft as well as helicopter cabin crew.
According to the draft guidelines, operators have to establish FDTL and a rest scheme for their cabin crew in accordance with the civil aviation requirements (CARs) and incorporate them in their operation manuals.
A copy of the CARs has been circulated to all stakeholders by the DGCA, soliciting their views and suggestions.
Operators will now have to ensure that all flights are completed within the allowable flight and duty period, taking into account the time necessary for pre-flight duties and taxiing and turn-around time in case of multi-sector flights.
Environmental conditions such as winds and anticipated delays due to traffic congestions at airports too would have to be factored in while planning flight schedules, the DGCA guidelines said.
The draft CARs suggest using the actual flight time for calculating the FDTL.
FTDL has been defined as the total time from reporting at the airport for the purpose of operating a flight and ending a minimum 30-minutes after termination of a flight or a series of flights.