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EASA publish final version of new FTL Regulations

Friday January 31st, 2014

EASA publish final version of new FTL Regulations

UK Operators required to submit transition plans for moving from CAP371 to EASA rules

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today published the final version of the new Flight Time Limitations ruling (Part OR.FTL). The new regulations place additional responsibilities on all air operators for the management of crew fatigue. In particular, operators must manage fatigue within their Safety Management System (SMS), and clearly demonstrate that they are doing so. Where operators want to have additional limits outside the standard limits, such as a “standard variation” for reduced rest (ORO.FTL.235/CS.FTL.1.235, 3(a)), they must have in place full Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) procedures, and submit a safety case to their State regulator for approval.

UK CAA Response

In response, the UK CAA has announced that all UK-based Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operators now have 2 years to transition from CAP371 to the new EASA rules. The CAA is running a series of seminars to inform operators of the requirements for transition.

Operators may now begin the process of writing their transition documents, which can be submitted to the CAA 9 months after the publication of the ruling (i.e. the 31st of October). After approval of the transition plan, and audit by the CAA, operators will be able to begin transitioning from CAP 371 to the new EASA FTL scheme from January 31st 2015. All CAT operators must complete the transition process by two years after publication (January 31st 2016).

The UK CAA requires that an operator’s transition plan must include:

1. Accountable manager’s commitment to managing fatigue and improving crew member alertness

2. Fatigue management policies and procedures

3. A fatigue incident reporting process

4. An education and awareness training programme

5. A system for monitoring crew member fatigue

6. A fatigue management evaluation programme

You can download a copy of the new regulations here

The JAA course ‘An Introduction to Fatigue Risk Management’, developed and delivered by Clockwork Research, has been updated to reflect the new regulations. You can find more information about this course here