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Lastly, is there a chance we can implement a FLAG specific OFP format for SWA flights? We currently only have normal SWA OFP format (Domestic Flights) and SWA ETOPS OFP format.
For all FLAG flights, the fuel requirement is different and shows differently in the fuel breakdown section of the release. For normal (domestic) SWA OFP format, the federally regulated reserve fuel shows as “FAR RESERVE”. However, for all flights operated under Part 121 FLAG at SWA (including ETOPS flights), the federally regulated reserve fuel on the release shows as “30 FAR”. "30 FAR is always coupled with “10 PCT” above “30 FAR”. If there is “30 FAR” on the release (OFP), then there is always “10 PCT” as well on the release (OFP). If there is “FAR RESERVE” on the release, then there is NO “10 PCT” on the release (OFP).
The reason for why "30 FAR and “10 PCT” must be included on the dispatch release (OFP) for any FLAG flight can be found in the following Federal Aviation Regulation:
FAR 121.645 - FLAG fuel requirements
Note: The “10PCT” fuel is always calculated as 10% of the “ENROUTE BURN”'s total time in MINUTES. so say hypothetically, the “ENROUTE BURN” calculated time on the Dispatch Release (OFP) was 1 hour and 20 minutes, the 10PCT fuel on the dispatch release would be 8minutes of “ENROUTE BURN” calculated fuel (why “8” is the correct answer: 60+20=80. 80 x .10 = 8). But that 8 minutes would show on the “10PCT” line in the fuel breakdown section rather than just added to the “ENROUTE BURN” calculated fuel. This way we show clear and definitive compliance with FAR 121.645.
I will attach a couple images of SWA FLAG dispatch release (OFP) and SWA NORMAL-Domestic dispatch release (OFP) so you can see the key differences in the fuel breakdown section.
The rest of the information on the Dispatch Release (OFP) remains the same and nothing else changes when it comes to an SWA FLAG Dispatch Release (OFP) or an SWA ETOPS Dispatch Release (OFP).
The current SWA NORMAL-Domestic OFP format is PERFECT as is currently and does not need to be altered.
That being said, is there any chance we could get a new “SWA FLAG” OFP format added so that we can Dispatch SWA FLAG flights legally and correctly? As well, can we change, in the fuel breakdown section of the SWA ETOPS dispatch release (OFP), “FAR RESERVE” to instead read “30FAR” and as well include “10PCT” above the “30FAR” with the correct calculation so we are in compliance with FAR 121.645?
Here is are some real-world example images.
SWA FLAG Dispatch Release Fuel shown below:
SWA NORMAL-Domestic Dispatch Release Fuel shown below:
I really appreciate everything you do for us in the community, Derek!
Southwest Virtual Airlines
NOC Dispatch Team