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Posted on December 24, 2018

Wearable tech for pilot fatigue

Air Georgian Limited has announced support of the amendments to the Pilot Flight, Duty, and Fatigue/Rest times published recently as a positive first step towards the inclusion of scientific research and evidence-based individual data into pilot fatigue management. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Wearable Sensors 2018-2028.
 
Air Georgian has been working closely with their pilots and Fatigue Science, a Canadian company offering advanced wearable technology to collect de-identified sleep data. This data has been collected over the past year and is establishing a sleep hygiene baseline for the fatigue program. This will allow Air Georgian to apply expanding knowledge of human rest rhythms and the effects of fatigue as it specifically relates to the construction of fatigue-compliant schedules.
 
The Readiband Solution from the Fatigue Science suite of offerings, enables workers to set, track, and achieve personalized goals for reducing their own fatigue. To do this, the solution combines high-resolution sleep data from the wrist-worn Readiband 5 with a mobile app that provides instant fatigue analysis. The analysis, powered by the U.S. Army-developed SAFTE Model, shows workers the cumulative impact of their sleep via an "Alertness Score" that quantifies their fatigue levels at any given moment. Workers can then use this information to set realistic Alertness Goals based on sustained changes to their sleep habits. They can then track their progress towards their goals on a daily basis.
 
When sustained, a worker's sleep habit improvements can then be translated for employers into quantifiable reductions in on-duty fatigue, increased productivity, and lower risk on duty.
 
As Air Georgian advances, they are improving their sleep analytics to better understand and apply the concepts of rest hygiene, fatigue-related risk, and how to best safely optimize pilot performance.
 
Air Georgian's goal, working in collaboration with their pilots and Fatigue Science, is to develop a Transport Canada compliant Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) that will promote aviation safety and improved pilot sleep hygiene. The regulations recently announced provide the necessary framework for the FRMS.
 
For years Air Georgian has taken a no-questions-asked approach to fatigue. A fatigued pilot should not be flying; they should be resting.
 
"There is increasing attention to the risks of flying while fatigued or at risk of becoming fatigued," says John Tory, VP Corporate Development, Air Georgian. "Today's regulatory amendment breathes energy into and provides an approval framework for Air Georgian's ongoing research into sleep hygiene, rest planning, and pilot fatigue cycles."
 
Source and top image: Air Georgian Limited
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