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Buffers

A buffer is the additional required amount of time added to your home base rest* between two trips for the purpose of picking up a trip from TTS/UBL (Trip Trade System/Unsuccessful Bidders List), ETB (Electronic Trade Board), or when bidding in PBS (Preferential Bidding System). 

*Note:Home base rest (HBR) does not apply for the time between the two sequences for a double up. 

There are three types of buffers: contractual, FAR, and one that comes into play with double ups. Buffers are a new concept and are there to provide a cushion to protect your rest. 

Contractual Buffer

If you choose not to waive contractual rest to pick up a trip, sequences are required to have no less than contractual rest + 45 minutes between the release time of the first trip and the report time of the second trip (section 10.D.14.a).

FAR Buffer

If you choose to waive contractual rest to pick up a trip, sequences are required to have no less than FAR 10hr minimum rest + 1:30 hours between the release time of the first trip and the report time of the second trip (section 10.D.14.a.).

Double-Up Buffer

If you choose to waive contractual rest to pick up a trip within the same duty day (double up) not separated by legal crew base rest, you’ll be required to have no less than 30 minutes from the release time of the first trip to the report time of the second trip.

Note: Buffers are not required if you have actually completed the first trip before picking up the second trip.

Rest Tables with Buffers Calculated

Domestic Contractual and FAR 10hr Minimum Rest

Contractual Home Base Rest FAR Home Base Rest
Lineholder 11:00 hrs 10:00 hrs
Reserve 12:00 hrs 10:00 hrs

Rest with Buffers Calculated

Domestic Lineholders 11:00 hrs 11:45hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs
Domestic Reserves 12:00 hrs 11:45 hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs
NIPD ≤ 14:00 hrs 12:00 hrs 12:45 hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs
NIPD Mid-Range 12:00 hrs 12:45 hrs 11:30 hrs 12:00 hrs 11:30 hrs
Hawaii (Block Time over 6:00 hrs) 14:30 hrs 15:15 hrs 11:30 hrs 12:00 hrs 11:30 hrs
IPD Non-Long Range ≤ 14:00 hrs 14:30 hrs 15:15 hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs 11:30 hrs
IPD Mid-Range 14:30 hrs 15:15 hrs 11:30 hrs 12:00 hrs 11:30 hrs
IPD Long Range 36:00 hrs 36:45 hrs 11:30 hrs 12:00 hrs 11:30 hrs
IPD Extended Long Range 48:00 hrs 48:45 hrs 25:30 hrs 25:30 hrs 25:30 hrs

To see what your Home Base Rest Periods can be reduced to in Actual Operations and by who check out the Home Based Rest Requirements: FAR vs Contractual Chart

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