If it's too complicated to understand, said person probably shouldn't be flying airplanes. I've found this much easier to keep track of than the old rules, and to be honest my logbook keeps track of all the details for me. It really can't get much easier.
Yeah, if it's easy to understand, why are there so many interpretations of it now.
Did you know that signing the release authorizes you for a 30 minute extension? That's how certain companies are treating it.
Did you know that if you don't accept an extension you have to file a fatigue report? That's how certain companies are treating it.
One of my favorite new rumors about it is if you have an accident/incident/violation occur during your extension period you are guilty of negligence for exceeding a scientifically determined table.
If it was simple, Sabre would have reprogrammed crewweb by now to show 117 limits on one's schedule.
Despite 117 battling fatigue, the 30 hour layover still allows you to finish at midnight one day and start at 6 AM 30 hours later... Either I have to only sleep 4 hours or so on night one, or somehow sleep in until 8-9 AM followed by a 4 AM wakeup. What does science say about a 4 hour shift in wake-time in less than 2 days?