What is this all about?
In response to increasing concerns regarding pilot fatigue and pilot fatigue regulations, we have been working with Canadian company Fatigue Science to build a customized solution for pilot fatigue. For the past 12 months we have been field-testing wearable technology from Fatigue Science with exceptional results, allowing pilots to develop an understanding of their true fatigue levels during both rest and work hours. Pending regulatory approval we aim to use these fatigue recording, reporting, and management tools as an integral part of our operations.
Why is pilot fatigue a concern?
Fatigue is a state of tiredness often associated with long working hours or a lack of sleep, and is a threat to any safety-driven operation. As a commercial airline operator we have been managing pilot fatigue for years to ensure it does not represent a material threat to safety in our current operations. To further work increase knowledge and transparency regarding fatigue in our operations, we began working with Fatigue Science to establish effective awareness, monitoring, and reporting protocols for pilot fatigue.
What is Fatigue Science?
Fatigue Science is a Canadian technology company that enables leading firms in transportation, heavy industry, and elite performance occupations to reduce the risks associated with on-duty fatigue. Founded in 2006, Fatigue Science combines validated biomathematical modelling from the US Army Research Lab with a suite of mobile software and wearable devices. Together, its products help both individuals and companies understand, and ultimately improve, the effects of sleep on safety and performance. Major customers include Caterpillar, Morgan Sindall, the Seattle Seahawks, and elite special forces.
How does the technology work?
Fatigue Science technology is based on biomathematical models, wearable technology, pilot feedback, and flexible schedule modelling. The technology involves a device, no larger than a smartwatch or fitness monitor, that captures sleep data with greater accuracy than consumer-grade solutions. It then processes the information through a biomathematical model built on proprietary research from the US Army. The output provides pilots a visual picture of their fatigue via a mobile application available on iPhone and Android devices.
Within a few days, pilots can view their fatigue projections and after several months they gain a working knowledge of their fatigue patterns and trends. The app guides pilots with tools and educational graphics, helping them improve their sleep and reduce fatigue levels. Throughout this process personal data is fully protected. Air Georgian management receives anonymized, aggregated insights into the extent of fatigue within their operation, helping to further improve conditions over time.
What are the results?
Air Georgian has found Fatigue Science technology to be among the most advanced and safest fatigue tools available, providing irreplaceable insight into the practical management of fatigue.
“The technology behind Fatigue Science is Air Georgian’s key to giving every team member the resources they need to manage fatigue,” said Troy Stephens, Vice President of Flight Operations. “Pilots have long had the ability, fully supported by management, to refuse a flight based on fatigue. This technology has made us aware of fatiguing conditions much earlier in the process in a clear, identifiable way.”