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Hi Bob, a question please about one of the questions in part 4 of your air law material, research questions 4, question 13 re the allowable number of consecutive early starts with no reduction. The explanation states: the maximum number of consecutive early starts permitted in any week (168 hours) is three. The ref given is app 4, para 11.3.
Para 11.3 makes no mention of 168 hours, or any maximum period. Where does the three early starts/week without reduction come from?
Stuart Tait replied the topic: Consecutive early starts
Here is a response from our Air Law expert Bob Hamilton
Question 13 on page 125 in the present version of the CPL Air Law text. The relevant paragraph for those interested is paragraph 11 of Appendix 4. Note that paragraph 11 provides for working up to 5 consecutive early starts in the right conditions. But you can only infringe 3 consecutive WOCLs. See para 6-Dictionary in the General section of the Instrument for the meanings of ‘’early start’’ and ‘’WOCL’’.
Here’s how you can work 5 days of early starts without infringing 3 consecutive WOCLs:
Day 1 FDP report time 0600, Maximum FDP 10 hours, No WOCL infringed.
Day 2 FDP report time 0600, Maximum FDP 10 hours, No WOCL infringed.
Day 3 FDP report time 0600, Maximum FDP 10 hours, No WOCL infringed.
Day 4 FDP report time 0600, Maximum FDP 8 hours, No WOCL infringed.
Day 5 FDP report time 0600, Maximum FDP 6 hours, No WOCL infringed.
All provided no permitted extensions or cumulative flight, duty or off duty times are affected