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Transcript of Airline Scheduling
Airline Scheduling is the art of designing system wide flight patterns that provide optimum public service, in both quantity and quality, consistent with the financial health of the carrier.
Mission and Overview of Scheduling
Equipment and aircraft maintenance schedules
Crew schedule, duty hours, and availability
Facility and airport limitations
Scheduling factors include:
The schedule planning is the backbone of the airline, essential to the functionality of operations.
Overview of Airline Scheduling
Courtesy of Southwest Airlines
Runway length restrictions
Aircraft fuel capacity
Air traffic control routes
Is there a gate available?
Are there enough airline and airport employees to handle the passengers?
Is there ground equipment such as aircraft starter units, baggage equipment and forklifts?
Ramp and cargo service?
Pilot Flight Time
Rest & Fatigue
For more information: http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=6762
Domestic flight time limited to 8 hours in a 24-hour period.
International flight time limited to 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
Duty time is limited to 14 hours in a 24-hour period (including pre- and post-flight.
If a pilot flies longer than the 8 or 10 hour limit, then their rest time becomes 16 hours minimum.
If a pilot receives 10 hours of rest time, their duty time clock re-sets itself to zero and they can fly
After flying 6 days pilots are required to take 24 hours off.
Aircraft must be kept "air worthy" at all times by keeping a strict maintenance schedule including overhauls, repairs, inspections, and modifications. The FAA regulates airlines and commercial operators with inspection programs.
All aircraft maintenance, scheduled and unscheduled, affects the airline schedule.
Flights must be scheduled during times that travelers prefer to fly so they can remain competitive in the market.
An airline scheduler must learn to juggle all these aspects and more in order to put together a complete calendar schedule.