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Accession Number ADA565257
Title Objective Assessment of Student Naval Flight Officer Fatigue during Primary Flight Training.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 3p
Personal Author J. F. Chandler
Abstract Fatigue continues to pose a serious threat to the health, safety, and operational effectiveness of military aircrew. Recent efforts to mitigate the effects of fatigue have focused on the identification of individualized 'readiness-to-fly' screening measures. Eye-tracking measures, such as saccadic velocity in a simple visual tracking task, have shown promise in the laboratory setting for their ability to detect and quantify fatigue-related performance decrements in a military aviation population subjected to sleep restriction. Despite their effectiveness under controlled laboratory conditions, it is uncertain whether such measures are sensitive enough to detect subtle variations in fatigue resulting from nightly variability in sleep quantity. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between naturally varying sleep quantity and eye-tracking measures of fatigue in an operational setting. Thirty-one Student Naval Flight Officers (SNFOs) (average age = 24.1 years SD = 2.06) from Training Air Wing 6 at NAS Pensacola participated. Preliminary results suggest that eye-tracking measures sensitive to fatigue in the laboratory may also be sensitive to naturally occurring patterns of fatigue in an actual training context. Further research is necessary to identify these factors and provide context for further interpretation of the current results.
Keywords Actigraphy
Flight crews
Flight training
Naval personnel
Operational effectiveness
Pmi fit 2000
Visual surveillance

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57W - Stress Physiology
51B - Aeronautics
Corporate Author Naval Medical Research Inst. Dayton, Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research information bulletin Oct 2010-Dec 2011.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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