Today I was reminded what a futile task reading the Civil Aviation Regulations is if you’ve had a bad nights sleep and worked yourself silly the day before and you actually want any of it to sink in.  Consider the following excerpt from the Civil Aviation Orders Part 48.1 1.12:

“A pilot shall not commence a flight and an operator shall not roster the pilot for a flight unless during the 7 days period terminating co-incident with the termination of the flight he or she has been relieved from all duty associated with his or her employment for at least 1 continuous period embracing the hours between 10 pm and 6 am on 2 consecutive nights.”

Simple, huh? Or in layman’s terms in case you missed the point – a pilot must have at least one day off a week.

And that’s why I didn’t become a lawyer.