Fatigue in Aviation: A Guide to Staying Awake at the Stick

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This overview of fatigue includes fatigue definitions, the measurement / assessment of fatigue, and the performance, mood, and safety problems associated with fatigue in the operational setting. The physiological bases of fatigue are discussed, so the reader understands that fatigue is a physiological phenomenon that is not "just a state of mind". Scientifically-valid countermeasures are discussed and data from a variety of sources are included to provide readers with a "toolbox" from which they can choose solutions to fatigue-related problems.

The book is of interest to aviation crews in both civilian and military sectors, managers as well as aviators, flight deck as well as maintenance crews. It aims to be 'user-friendly', although scientific information is included to help the reader understand why certain behaviours occur.

About the Author:
John A. Caldwell, Jr. and J. Lynn Caldwell, Consultants for Fatigue-Management in Military Aviation, Commercial/Civilian Air Operations, and Emergency Air-Ambulance Services

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754633006
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Studies in Aviation Psychology and Human Factors
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Problem of Fatigue 1
1 Introduction 3
2 An Overview of Fatigue 15
Pt. II Causes of Fatigue 29
3 The Nature of Fatigue 31
4 The Processes Underlying Sleepiness (Fatigue) and Alertness 39
5 Circadian Rhythms 47
6 Sleep Facts 59
7 Sleep Disorders 71
8 Other Factors Associated with Sleep Difficulties 83
Pt. III Countermeasures for Fatigue 89
9 The Need for Fatigue Countermeasures 91
10 Sleep Optimization: The First-Line Fatigue Countermeasure 95
11 Anti-Fatigue Strategies for Shift Lag and Jet Lag 105
12 Anti-Fatigue Strategies for Situations Involving Sleep Restriction 123
13 Issues to Consider when Launching a Program of Fatigue Management 141
References and Suggested Readings 145
Index 151
About the Authors 159
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