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Clockwork presents at EASA Fatigue Management Workshop

11th February 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) International Cooperation Department today hosted a Fatigue Management Workshop in Cologne, Germany.

The workshop provided regulatory authorities with an overview of the new EASA requirements for fatigue management and flight time limitations (FTL).

Clockwork’s Research Director, Dr Alexandra Holmes, was invited to present at the workshop on the scientific concept of fatigue management. Alex described how sleep, wakefulness and circadian rhythms interact to determine our alertness levels. She also identified various fatigue hazards associated with the aviation industry, such as early duty start times, high workload duties and commuting, and explained how these factors can increase the likelihood of elevated fatigue levels in the cockpit.

In her conclusion Alex summarised why flight time limitations in isolation cannot be relied upon to provide adequate protection for fatigue. In essence, FTL are an overly simple strategy for managing a complex risk. A more comprehensive, risk-based, management system approach, known as fatigue risk management (FRM), was proposed.

If you would like to know more about the workshop or FRM, please contact alex@clockworkresearch.com

Other pages that might be of interest:

FRM Training for Schedulers

An Introduction to Fatigue Risk Management – JAA Training Organisation course

Fatigue Risk Management: Training