|Not even WW2 pilots flew for 22 hours non stop!|
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE:
For a two pilot, two flight day the very maximum Flight Duty Period is 20 hours under the EASA proposals and 16.25 hours under the existing UK rules known as CAP371.
The reality of the EASA proposals is that a pilot could wake at 5.00 am, report for ‘airport standby’ at 7.00 am, fly at 11.00 am and land and park the aircraft at the end of the FDP at 3.00 am the following day.
He or she would then go to the crew room to complete their duty period by 3.30 am and either go to a hotel or find their way home. This means that pilots could be landing their aircraft after having been awake for 22 hours.
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