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Accession Number ADA579215
Title New Baseline for Chronic Fatigue: Why Measuring Flight Time Is the Wrong Approach.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 47p
Personal Author J. C. McClelland
Abstract The Air Force recognizes the effects of high operational tempos on aircrew and currently limits workload by a quarterly maximum flight time period (FTP) requirement, not maximum flight duty period (FDP). Long FDP/Long FTP crews, like those flying the surveillance and refueling missions, are adequately protected from chronic fatigue because their work period and flight hours are both coincident. Long FDP/Short FTP crews, like those flying inter- theatre airlift are not properly protected and have to create ad-hoc programs at the squadron level, through the manipulation of the Operational Risk Management (ORM) process. The current measurement creates an imbalance in maximum quarterly workload of long FDP/long FTP aircrew when compared to long FDP/short FTP aircrew. Admittedly, adding new restrictions could require the USAF to increase the amount of airlift crews. However, costs associated with this increase could be offset by preventing catastrophic losses like the gear up C-17 landing in 2008 ($19 million in damages) and the C-17 long landing crash in 2010 ($78 million in damages), accidents in which pilot error was found to be either causal or contributory.
Keywords Air force operations
Air force personnel
Airlift operations
Amc(Air mobility command)
Aviation accidents
Chronic fatigue
Deployment lengths
Fatigue models
Flight crews
Flight duty period
Flight time period
Long-term fatigue
Military aircraft
Transport aircraft

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51B - Aeronautics
92B - Psychology
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
92A - Job Training & Career Development
57W - Stress Physiology
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Air Command and Staff Coll., Maxwell AFB, AL.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1322
Contract Number N/A

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