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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : rno.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : a11.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Light Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
ground : parked
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : flight engineer|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 90|
flight time total : 6400
flight time type : 200
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
Flight Crew Human Performance
I finished a flight assignment as PIC in the morning at XA00. Immediately after landing and parking the aircraft at our hangar, I was notified I would be placed on crew rest for 10 hours to accommodate a flight assignment as first officer later in the day (part 135, 2 crew). It was actually a part 91 leg initially for this later assignment, to pick up a part 135 flight later. After this information, I was told I was officially placed on crew rest, and my postflt duties were assigned to another on-duty pilot. I relaxed for a few mins prior to leaving the building, but not before understanding I would show at XK00 for a departure immediately following. The captain would be briefed on this show time. Later in the day, I showed at the airport after sleep and rest. As traffic was light, my drive took less time than expected, so I waited in the car for a few mins to comply with rest rules. When I walked in the building, the captain told me to relax and we'd leave only when I was ready. Concurrently, we had to delay departure to XK45 to accommodate last min maintenance on the aircraft. It seems perfectly honest to me, except that a disgruntled former employee claimed to the FAA that I had violated crew rest. I certainly did not set out to do this and believe I was in compliance. However, in the future, I believe I will demand at least 1 extra hour to account for any possible claim like this. It's unfortunate, but apparently necessary. I will also re-examine my own approach to busy schedules like this.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A FAR PART 135 PLT RE-EXAMINES HIS APCH TO CREW REST ISSUES AFTER HAVING BEEN ACCUSED OF VIOLATING CREW REST REGS.
Narrative: I FINISHED A FLT ASSIGNMENT AS PIC IN THE MORNING AT XA00. IMMEDIATELY AFTER LNDG AND PARKING THE ACFT AT OUR HANGAR, I WAS NOTIFIED I WOULD BE PLACED ON CREW REST FOR 10 HRS TO ACCOMMODATE A FLT ASSIGNMENT AS FO LATER IN THE DAY (PART 135, 2 CREW). IT WAS ACTUALLY A PART 91 LEG INITIALLY FOR THIS LATER ASSIGNMENT, TO PICK UP A PART 135 FLT LATER. AFTER THIS INFO, I WAS TOLD I WAS OFFICIALLY PLACED ON CREW REST, AND MY POSTFLT DUTIES WERE ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER ON-DUTY PLT. I RELAXED FOR A FEW MINS PRIOR TO LEAVING THE BUILDING, BUT NOT BEFORE UNDERSTANDING I WOULD SHOW AT XK00 FOR A DEP IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING. THE CAPT WOULD BE BRIEFED ON THIS SHOW TIME. LATER IN THE DAY, I SHOWED AT THE ARPT AFTER SLEEP AND REST. AS TFC WAS LIGHT, MY DRIVE TOOK LESS TIME THAN EXPECTED, SO I WAITED IN THE CAR FOR A FEW MINS TO COMPLY WITH REST RULES. WHEN I WALKED IN THE BUILDING, THE CAPT TOLD ME TO RELAX AND WE'D LEAVE ONLY WHEN I WAS READY. CONCURRENTLY, WE HAD TO DELAY DEP TO XK45 TO ACCOMMODATE LAST MIN MAINT ON THE ACFT. IT SEEMS PERFECTLY HONEST TO ME, EXCEPT THAT A DISGRUNTLED FORMER EMPLOYEE CLAIMED TO THE FAA THAT I HAD VIOLATED CREW REST. I CERTAINLY DID NOT SET OUT TO DO THIS AND BELIEVE I WAS IN COMPLIANCE. HOWEVER, IN THE FUTURE, I BELIEVE I WILL DEMAND AT LEAST 1 EXTRA HR TO ACCOUNT FOR ANY POSSIBLE CLAIM LIKE THIS. IT'S UNFORTUNATE, BUT APPARENTLY NECESSARY. I WILL ALSO RE-EXAMINE MY OWN APCH TO BUSY SCHEDULES LIKE THIS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.