Pilot fatigue is a critical safety issue for the aviation industry. Fatigue reduces human performance capability and can result in catastrophic error. International airline pilots are particularly susceptible to fatigue’s effects due to sleep loss, long duty days, and jet lag. When fatigued, pilots make errors, which can lead to incidents and accidents. Flight schedules may add to pilot fatigue since they can involve long duty days, short rest periods and may not take into consideration past research on fatigue. Consequently, pilots may not get enough rest to prevent job fatigue. To better understand how pilot flight schedules affect fatigue, a qualitative research analysis was used for this study.
Hannah, C. M.
(2007). The Effects of International Flight Schedules on Pilot Fatigue. 2007 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 247-251.