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Stories from 2011

US Government audit finds that FAA should address pilot commuting issue

An audit report released by the US Department of Transportation's Inspector General (IG) has concluded that the US Federal Aviation Administration still needs to do more to address the issue of pilot commuting. The audit's objectives were to assess actions taken by the FAA  to address current federal regulations governing...Read more

Clockwork present at ICAO FRMS Symposium 2011

Clockwork present at ICAO FRMS Symposium in Montreal. Clockwork Research's Director of Research, Dr Alexandra Holmes and FRMS Operational Advisor, Nina McGrath recently attended the ICAO FRMS Symposium that took place in Montreal, 30-31st August, 2011. The main purpose of the symposium was to launch the amended ICAO SARPs (Standards...Read more

New U.S. DoT regulations require railroads to take risk management approach to fatigue

New regulations introduced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) require that railroad operators adopt a proactive approach and use fatigue risk management principles to manage fatigue. The new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulation differentiates between freight and passenger services and is intended to reduce risk and improve safety for...Read more

Driver fatigue cited as a causal factor in UK rail incident

A report by the UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) into the uncontrolled freight train run-back that occurred in Cumbria, England in August 2010, has cited driver fatigue as a causal factor. Underlying factors cited were the rail industry’s guidance on using mathematical models and specifically the scores predicted by...Read more

Tiger Airways suspension lifted, conditions include addressing fatigue management

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has lifted a suspension of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd. CASA suspended Tiger's air operator's certificate on 2 July 2011 after losing confidence in the company's ability to satisfactorily fulfil its safety-related obligations and to conduct its operations without posing a serious and...Read more

Clockwork to present at launch of ICAO SARPs for fatigue management

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is inviting its Member States, operators, industry representatives and scientists to its first Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) Symposium in Montréal, Canada from 30 to 31 August 2011. The Symposium will address themes related to the oversight and implementation of FRMS. It will examine the scientific...Read more

Clockwork to present at mining industry workshop on fatigue management

Workshop on managing fatigue in the extractive industries, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11-12th August 2011 This two-day workshop, organised by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues), and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP),...Read more

Jetstar cabin crew concerned about fatigue

Jetstar's cabin crew are concerned about fatigue, and a lack of response from the airline to their complaints. Cabin crew report frequent exhaustion on long-haul flights, and are concerned about not being alert enough to handle an emergency or to safely drive themselves home at the end of a long...Read more

U.S. National Research Council releases ‘The Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue’ report

A U.S. National Research Council report into ‘The Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue’ has found that commuting practices among airline pilots could potentially contribute to their fatigue, and because fatigue can reduce performance, pilots, airlines, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration should take steps to reduce the likelihood that...Read more

FAA and NATCA agree ATC fatigue recommendations

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) reach agreement on fatigue recommendations. Previous changes put in place to reduce fatigue were: Minimum time off between shift has been increased from eight to nine hours. Controllers cannot swap to an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off....Read more