This updated edition includes fatigue and sleep definitions as well as strategies for the measurement and assessment of fatigue. The aviation performance, mood, and safety problems associated with sleep restriction and circadian disruptions in operational settings are highlighted. The biological bases of fatigue are discussed so that the reader can understand that it is a real physiological phenomenon and not 'just a state of mind'. Both traditional and newly-developed scientifically-valid countermeasures are presented, and a variety of data from diverse sources are included to provide readers with a 'toolbox' from which they can choose the best solutions for the fatigue-related problems that exist in their unique operational context. In addition, an essential overview of Fatigue Risk Management Systems is included to provide the basic structure necessary to build and validate a modern, integrated approach to successful fatigue management. The book is of interest to aviation crews in both civilian and military sectors--managers as well as pilots, flight crews, and maintainers. It aims to be user-friendly, although scientific information is included to help the reader fully understand the 'fatigue phenomenon' from an evidence-based perspective as well as to enhance the reader's appreciation for the manner in which various counter-fatigue interventions are helpful.
Comments on previous edition: 'The Caldwells have written an easy to read book that translates scientific findings on fatigue into practical and effective strategies that will improve alertness and performance in flight ops. Aviation professionals--including flight crew, cabin crew, maintenance personnel, schedulers, safety professionals, and all levels of managers--should read this excellent book and use the information to reduce known fatigue-related risks and enhance flight safety.' Mark R. Rosekind, President and Chief Scientist, Alertness Solutions and Former Director, NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Program, USA '…by means of practical examples, some very lively, the scientific jargon surrounding the issue of fatigue becomes very familiar…very interesting' Aerlines Magazine June 2004 'Fatigue in Aviation is wholeheartedly recommended - for flight crews and everyone else in aviation whose work impacts the lives of others: security; maintenance; emergency services; airline management; air traffic control….and, indeed, for anyone who's ever had a bad night's sleep.' The Aerospace Professional, August 2005
Contents: Part I The Problem of Fatigue: Introduction; An overview of fatigue. Part II Causes of Fatigue: The nature of fatigue; The processes underlying sleepiness (fatigue) and alertness; Circadian rhythms; Sleep facts; Sleep disorders; Other factors associated with sleep difficulties. Part III Countermeasures for Fatigue: The need for fatigue countermeasures; Sleep optimization: the first-line fatigue countermeasure; Anti-fatigue strategies for shift lag and jet lag; Anti-fatigue strategies for situations involving sleep restriction; Issues to consider when launching a program of fatigue management. References and suggested readings; Index.