Creating and applying availability patterns requires (self) scheduler privileges.
Many stations work in teams with availability patterns. The pattern should be defined once and can then be applied to team members for extended periods of time.
Defining the pattern
The first step is to create an example member to replicate his availability. Use any member of a team on the Exceptions rota to assign available periods (always starting the next Monday).
See below an example of a 24 on - 48 off tour.
You can select the week(s) you need using the arrows next to the calendar icon < >
Don't forget to click 'Save'.
Once the availability is selected, a template can be created through the 'Rota' --> 'Duty Template Planning' menu. Fill in the form as shown below:
You can ignore the 'Template should start on a Monday' warnings. These are to indicate you deviate from a 7 day pattern and are harmless.
Click 'Save' to use the pattern.
Applying the pattern
Going into the 'Rota' --> 'Duty Template Pattern' again you can now select the pattern we just defined. Once selected it can be applied to all or various crew members for an extended period of time. Important: Check the box for Exception schedule.
Note that the 'Planning period' is the period the template will be applied to. This period will be wiped clean of any pre-existing availability and the new pattern will be applied.