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Part 135 unscheduled on pilot crew Duty time limitations

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ok, so this is and has been a topic of discussion at my place of business and there are two trains of thought on this. 

Part 135 unscheduled on demad single pilot duty time limitations.

our GOM  references 135.267d, and states that a pilot can exceed his 14 hour duty period when circumstances beyond his control and beyond the control of hte certificate holder cause delays in the flight. (weather, passenger delays etc)

I contend that a pilot under this regulation can never exceed the duty time limitations of 14 hours in a 24 hour period and that the regulations (135.267) only allows for the exceedence of the 8 hour FLIGHT TIME limitation not DUTY TIME. 

The only way for me to exceed my duty time for a 24 hour period is to drop my paying passengers and fly back alone under part 91, which has no duty or flight time limitations. 

GO!  :)


Thanks in advance!

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Jun 17, 2016

    First, look at the title of the regulation. It is “Flight Time Limitations and Rest Requirements”. There is no mention of duty time limitations.

    It is 135.267(e) that addresses circumstances beyond the control (such as weather). This section allows the pilot to exceed his flight time limitation and does not speak to duty time.

    135.267(d) addresses the requirement for 10 consecutive hours of rest during the 24 hours preceding the completion of the assignment (read end of the last flight in the 24 hour period).

    If you have had 10 hours of rest in the 24 before the end of flight time, you can exceed 14 hours of duty (deplaning passengers, doing paperwork related to the flight, putting the plane away, etc.) with no penalties, as long as you have 10 hours of consecutive rest in the 24 hour period prior to the end of your next flight assignment.

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