Unrealistic Ground transportation time
I was given unrealistic ground transport times on an operating day multiple times. For example, I am based at [Airport 1] and was rostered to position to [Airport 2] with 2hrs allowed for the journey [using a popular satnav tool the driving time from [Airport 1] to [Airport 2] is quoted as typically being between 1hr40min to 2hr10min off peak and subject to further delays depending on traffic conditions]. How do I get through security, obtain food etc and still make the report time? The company response was that they “…cannot add more time to your ground transport as it will cause a FDT legality. We roster ground transport from airport to airport, you are free to leave earlier. [Airport 1] to [Airport 2] takes less than 2 hours”. Literally getting out of the car leaving it at the side of the road and running through security will take 2hrs30mins minimum. If the ground transport time is wrong then the duty is illegal isn’t it? Don’t we need more staff? Retain pilots? Keep the roster legal and mitigate fatigue?
They altered my block so I was flying a full block out of base at [Airport 2] but this wasn’t the action they wanted. They wanted me to travel in my own time in excess of the legal limits to operate at another base.