Rules

Some rules apply to all pilots at Palmacharter :

REGISTRATION

  • In order to register, you must be aged 16 or more (except with prior permission from the staff)
  • You must be an active member of IVAO
  • You must be willing to attend a type rating training and exam on any of our aircraft types within 30 days of your registration. Otherwise you get automatically removed from the virtual airline and may not apply again within 90 days.
  • You must register with your full real name. Staff might control your details and any false information will lead to a permanent ban.

TYPE RATING

  • Pilots can choose to be type rated on any of the following types :
    • Avro RJ
    • Boeing 737NG (both 600 and 800)
    • Boeing 757
    • Boeing 777 (requires Boeing 757 rating)
  • Type rating trainings are handled by approved flight instructors. Type rating exam is handled by both the Chairman and the Chief Pilot.
  • After getting a type rating, the pilot must accomplish at least 30 hours on the given type before asking for any other type rating. Exception is for a new pilot who must fly at least 50 hours before getting a second type rating.
  • It is not allowed to fly an aircraft without having the type rating for it. The ACARS system will automatically reject the flight and manual PIREPs won't be allowed either. This can also lead to sanctions.

FLIGHT OPERATIONS

  • Pilots may fly the route they want, giving that
    • The aircraft is available (not booked, not under maintenance or not grounded for any reason)
    • The aircraft is suitable for the given flight (distance, runway length, airport plane restrictions, commercial flights acceptance...)
  • Pilots must always comply with company procedures (SOPs). Especially, pilots must
    • Use CI (cost index) 25 unless otherwise instructed by the dispatching
    • Fly in ECON mode for the climb, cruise and descent. Manually changing the speeds requires a remark in the PIREP stating the reason. Operations staff may cancel a PIREP if reasons are not considered as valid.
    • Apply the lowest braking possible (in accordance with security requirements) on landing and, when able, a de-rated or reduced take off procedure
    • Try to save fuel and time by getting shortcuts and shorter approaches, as long as it doesn't compomise security
    • Report any problem with the plane : damage during landing, technical problems,...
  • Pilots are requested to make a round trip (go and back), triangle (2 successive destinations then back) or extended round trip (A-B-C-B-A schema), and so bring the aircraft back to the hub within the following delays :
    • Flights of less than 2 hours : within 48 hours
    • Flights between 2 and 5 hours : within 96 hours
    • Flight between 5 and 10 hours : within 7 days
    • Flights of more than 10 hours : within 12 days
  • Exceptions to the delay can be granted on request to the COO. Pilots are also permitted to share the same flight (one pilot flying the first leg, another pilot flying the second leg). In that case, the relief pilot will use the "jump seat" feature.
  • Jump seats MAY NOT be done when the aircraft is at a remote airport, except with permission from the staff. Jump seats are permitted anytime to switch from hub.
  • Pilots shall comply with ATC instructions unless security is at risk. They may NOT exceed the aircraft limitations for any reason and should respect all procedures.
  • Pilots are requested to check the NOTAMs (both real life and IVAO), weather and charts for the airports they are flying to. They must respect the limitations of both the aircraft and the airport about aircraft size (wingspan and weight), weather (especially about visibility and winds) and parking positions. For example, pilots may NOT fly a CAT III ILS approach without having a CAT III compliant aircraft, or when the airport ILS is not CAT III certified. In all circumstances, they should take into consideration the most restrictive minimums between the airport and the aircraft minimums. NO approach can be initiated below minimums.
  • When taking off with a risk of not being able to land at destination airport, an accurate diversion airport should be planned before departure, giving the alternate is and will remain above minimums at all times of the flight.
  • When departure airport is below minimums or close to the minimums, a take off alternate (TALT/) should be filed in the flight plan. It should be an airport at low distance where conditions will remain above minimums for at least 1 hour after departure time
  • Flight plans must be filed according to regulations. This means (but not only) :
    • Accurate aircraft type, equipment and transponder type
    • Correct times and fuel calculations
    • Route should be valid according to Eurocontrol CFMU system, with SID:STARs according to local regulations
    • Remarks MUST contain some mandatory items (PBN/ according to the aircraft, OPR/PALMACHARTER, CS/PALMA, COM/TCAS, REG/xxxxx...)
    • Callsigns must be composed the following way : PMR, followed by :
      • 1 digit only for exceptional flights, with staff permission
      • 3 digits
      • 4 digits
      • 2 digits + 1 letter
      • 3 digits + 1 letter
      • 1 digit + 2 letters
      • 2 digits + 2 letters
      • Voice callsign is "Palma"
  • Staff can always reject a PIREP if procedures are not respected. Don't hesitate to contact any staff member in case of a doubt.
  • All incidents (including incidents with ATC) should be reported to the staff with no delay.

BEHAVIOUR

  • Pilots must have a total respect for their colleagues, the airline staff, the ATC and other IVAO members
  • Pilots must comply with instructions from the staff
  • Any failure to apply staff instructions can lead to sanctions which can be : private remark, public remark (blame), suspension between 2 days and 1 month or exclusion. Suspensions and exclusions can only be pronounced my a majority of the staff after giving the pilot possibility to explain and defend his point of view.
  • Any suspension from IVAO will lead to the same suspension in the virtual airine, and possible exclusion according to the reason of the suspension.
  • Bad behaviour against other pilots or IVAO members will lead to the above sanctions.

COMMUNICATION

  • Pilots' e-mail addresses will be used for punctual mailings. We keep them to a minimum but being subscribed to this mailing with an operational e-mail address is required for the membership.
  • Most communications will be done using the Facebook group : www.facebook.com/groups/palmacharter. A group chat has been created for priority announcements only.
  • All pilots must check the website homepage before any flight, to check for NOTAMs and operational notes. They should also check the disponibility of the expected aircraft.

USE OF THE NAME, LOGO AND MATERIALS

  • The logo is protected as a commercial brand from Palmaretta SPRL. It is provided free of charge to Palmacharter for internal use only. It is not allowed to use or copy the logo to any support without written permission from the staff AND Palmaretta SPRL.
  • All liveries and documents remain property of Palmacharter and may NOT be used externally.
  • Failure to comply with these rules will lead to penal procedures.


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