Flight Attendant Fatigue, Part VI: Fatigue Countermeasure Training and Potential Benefits

Today’s aviation industry is a 24/7 operation that produces a variety of challenges for cabin crew members, including extended duty periods, highly variable schedules, and frequent time zone changes. While these operational requirements may be necessary, they are far from ideal with respect to the human body’s biological rhythms for managing sleep and alertness. In fact, acute sleep loss, sustained periods of wakefulness, and circadian factors resulting from this form of misalignment are all contributors to fatigue and fatigue-related mishaps (Caldwell, 2005; Rosekind et al., 1996). The strategic management of fatigue is necessary for safety improvement throughout the industry. Employee educational programs regarding the dangers of fatigue, the causes of sleepiness, and the importance of proper sleep hygiene to improve sleep quality may be critical for effective fatigue management (Caldwell, 2005). This report outlines specific recommendations regarding fatigue countermeasures training and its potential benefits to flight attendant operations.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, P.O. Box 25082
    Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73125

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Office of Aerospace Medicine, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Avers, Katrina E
    • Hauck, Erica L
    • Blackwell, Lauren V
    • Nesthus, Thomas E
  • Publication Date: 2009-10

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01146785
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FAA/AM-09/20
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2009 2:45PM