ArniePye Posted December 16, 2004 Report Share Posted December 16, 2004 Hello: A few company pilots have been discussing the definition of Flight Time for the purpose of keeping track of Flight Time Limitations. First let's look to the CARS: "flight time" - means the time from the moment an aircraft first moves under its own power for the purpose of taking off until the moment it comes to rest at the end of the flight; (temps de vol) Note the last word above is "flight," not "flights” or "series of flights." Doesn’t this really describe air time? I offer some varied definitions of "flight time": The Charter Definition of Revenue Time Most companies lay out in their charter how they will be charging their customers. Normally, companies define flight time generally as the time from the first take-off to the last landing in a series of flights. But this is not necessarily designed to fit the Transport Canada definition; rather it merely clarifies how customers can expect to be charged. The Broad Interpretation: Revenue Time as Flight Time When we fight fires and hot fuel, we normally charge right through; in other words, the number of hours we enter on the flight report includes all the time we spend that day idling while taking on fuel; it also includes all the time we spend running on the ground while loading and unloading goods and passengers too. The Narrow Interpretation: Air Time as Flight Time On the other hand, when we fly drills, we do not charge the customer for refueling time. Apart from the minute or two we spend loading and unloading drillers at the beginning and the end of the day it is actually air time that we enter on the flight report. The norm is to log whatever we charge for, i.e. whatever goes on the flight report. Thus, on fires, we limit ourselves to 150 hours/month of the broad interpretation of “flight time,” whereas when flying drills, we limit ourselves to 150 hours/month of “air time.” Does this not seem inconsistent to you? Here’s a question: Why can’t we charge straight through (like on fires), but log “air time” like on drills? All comments and contributions are welcome. Thanks All ArniePye Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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