Transport Canada is proposing new rules on flight crew fatigue and fitness for duty to improve passenger and flight crew safety and align regulations with today’s scientific data, international standards, and best practices.
The proposed changes to flight crew fatigue management include two essential elements:
- A way for air operators to adopt a Fatigue Risk Management System.
- New scientific-based flight and duty time limits (see table below);
1. Fatigue Risk Management Systems
Fatigue Risk Management Systems allow air operators to adapt policies, procedures and practices to manage fatigue risk in an operation. Fatigue Risk Management Systems provide operators, including those who provide cargo services, more flexibility as long as they can demonstrate an equivalent level of safety. For example: an air operator could be permitted to fly longer than the prescribed flight duty time limit if they can meet Fatigue Risk Management Systems requirements and show that alertness and fatigue will not be affected.
2. New scientific-based flight and duty time limits