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New approach to aircrew fatigue

ICAO, IATA and IFALPA have published a 'Fatigue Risk Management Systems Implementation Guide' for commercial air operators.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) released their Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) Implementation Guide on 18 July.

They explain that FRMS is a methodology based on scientific principles that will allow operators to manage fatigue-related risks particular to their types of operations and context.

It provides a viable alternative to traditional prescriptive flight and duty time rules - advancements in science have brought a better understanding of the correlation between fatigue and performance as well as fatigue mitigation methods.

The FRMS Implementation Guide applies these advancements to enhance flight safety at a time when fatigue is increasingly cited as a contributing factor in accidents. It includes insight into the methodology and framework for implementing an effective fatigue risk management programme and an explanation of the science supporting it.

An IATA spokesman comments 'This Implementation Guide now puts regulators, pilots and the industry on the same page when it comes to ensuring safe operations with optimum crew performance'.

Details from ICAO below.

  • 20 July 2011
  • CMAG

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