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Pilots at duty station during flight pilots shall

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PILOTS AT DUTY STATION DURING FLIGHT Pilots shall remain in the cockpit at all times during flight except to meet physiological necessities or passenger safety requirements. During take-off, climb, descent, landing and IMC, both pilots shall be seated at their duty stations with seat belts and shoulder harnesses fastened. One pilot shall remain at the controls with the seat belt fastened at all times (see also Crew Member Use of Supplemental Oxygen). CREWMEMBER USE OF SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN Pilots must be familiar with the use of the quick-donning flight deck oxygen masks. When stowed, the oxygen masks must be set to 100% and in a “ready” position. If it is necessary for one pilot to leave the assigned duty station when operating at flight altitudes above 35,000 feet, the remaining pilot at the controls shall put on and use an oxygen mask until the other pilot has returned to the assigned duty station. Each pilot shall ensure that the flight deck oxygen mask provided is properly adjusted to provide a good fit and male pilots shall maintain any beard or mustache in a manner that will allow the oxygen mask to properly seal against the face of the wearer. All flight deck positions, including the jump seat, must be equipped with an operational and suitable oxygen mask when occupied at altitudes above 12,500 feet MSL. STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM The Department Standardization Program encompasses the use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and Standardization Flights to ensure effective crew coordination. Crew coordination is the effective delegation of responsibility and division of workload among the flight crewmembers. Crew coordination is essential in the safe operation of Department aircraft. The use of SOP’s, checklists and terminology creates a standardized system whereby the pilots become immediately aware of any departure from the normal sequence of events or normal system operations. The use of these SOP’s will place the flight crew in the best position to recognize potential problems and respond to emergency and abnormal situations in the proper manner. Flight crews are not authorized to deviate from Department procedures unless the deviation is in the best interest of safety. All such deviations shall be reported to the [ Position Title ] within 24 hours of the occurrence. A constant evaluation process ensures that these procedures are effective and suitable for Department flight operations. The PIC retains the final authority for the conduct of the flight. Unless already dictated by Department SOP’s, the PIC must clearly establish the pilot flying (PF) and pilot not flying (PNF) responsibilities so that there will be no confusion as to the duties or task assignment. The PF’s primary responsibility is to fly the aircraft and operates or commands the operation of the flight controls, flight instruments, and the autopilot.
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