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  • September 1, 2009

    Solving the Problem of Pilot Fatigue

    Filed under: News,Pilots,Sleep — anne @ 10:53 am
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    Loved the headline on this AP story – “Government Struggles to Find Answer to Pilot Fatigue”.

    It goes on to say that the problem seems to be increasing – and not a whole lot is being done (but the government is working on it!).

    The article mentions the story about two pilots heading traveling from Honolulu to Hilo – who overshot their airport by some 15 miles or so. Turns out they’d been napping, because they were tired (and one of the pilots had an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea – that gives you confidence, huh?).

    What did I like about the headline? The Capt. Obviousness of it. If pilots need more sleep, let them have it – even if that means you have to hire more of them – even if it means airfares go (gasp) up. Our lives are at stake here, no kidding.

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