Scheduling Aircrews 1: Intra-Theater 24/7 Operations
Interim rept. 1 Jun-30 Sep 2004
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB BROOKS AFB TX HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIR/BIODYNAMICS ANDPROTECTION DIV
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Aircrew fatigue problems existed in 247, intra-theater, tactical airlift operations. One reason for the high levels of fatigue was the irregularity of the schedule for a given crew across days. A rotating schedule approach was recommended slow rotation if adequate day-sleep facilities are available otherwise, rapid rotation schedule to minimize exposure to inherently debilitating night work. Seven scheduling principles were applied including a normal, maximum crew duty period of 14 hours, and scheduling an aircrew such that their show time does not differ more than - 1 hour on successive days. Five scheduling concepts were used to produce examples of one slowly-rotating schedule and one rapidly-rotating schedule.
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