Fatigue in Flight Inspection Field Office (FIFO) Flight Crews,
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OKLAHOMA CITY OK CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST
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Studies related to FIFO aircrew stress and fatigue were carried out at seven FIFOs in the Continental U.S. Forty-one men served as subjects and all crew positions were presented. Each crewmember was studied during flight activities and during office-based activities. Generally, crews were in travel status during flight inspection activities and away from the office for 5 d. Crewmembers completed fatigue checklists before and after each duty on every workday. Urine specimens were collected that represented the night sleep period and the work period they were analyzed for 17-ketogenic steroids, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, and values were expressed as weight per hundred milligrams of urinary creatinine. Ambulatory electrocardiograms were recorded for determination of heart rate HR during work. The data indicate that office work is distinctly less fatiguing than flight work. This finding is supported by the HR data that indicate a lower workload in the office than in flight. The statement is commonly made by crewmembers that office work is more fatiguing than flight work. It is probable that such statements are based on work preference rather than work level. Some crewmembers at Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Battle Creek show severe fatigue associated with flight work.
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