If you have an enquiry about flight time limitation regulations, please email FTL@caa.co.uk.
From 18 February 2016 Commercial Air Transport operators of aeroplanes will need to have transitioned to EASA
Subpart FTL. Operators can transition before this date and most major airlines plan to transition by October 2015 for
the start of the winter season.
The regulations apply to:
However, the following groups are currently exempt from the regulations:
EASA has a number of rulemaking tasks for FTL over the next few years including air taxi operators, EMS, single
pilot operations and helicopters. In the future new rules will also cover ultra long range operations and
non-commercial complex operations.
They will have to introduce both new prescriptive limitations and new demonstrable processes and procedures required
by the regulations. This is a significant change in requirements and regulatory approach as operators will be required
to actively demonstrate how they manage fatigue.
Affected operators will need to:
Further guidance materials and supporting documents on FTL are available, these include:
All crew members flying for affected operators will have to learn the new regulations, take part in fatigue
management training, and be aware of their increased rights and responsibilities.
In implementing the requirements of ARO.OPS.230 (Determination of disruptive schedules) all CAT operators under a UK
issued AOC will be required to comply with the ‘late type’ definition.
Within the new regulations there are two standard variations that an operator may apply for:
These both require an increased level of risk assessment and full Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) approval. Unless an
operator already holds an FRM approval, they will not be granted one with their initial EASA Subpart FTL scheme and
therefore will not initially be able to use these variations.
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