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Are Airline Pilots Getting Enough Sleep?

By Edited Nov 26, 2015 0 0

According to ABC News, the pilot had a medical condition that resulted in force landing of a Jet Blue aircraft.   This is the second incident of a Jet Blue crew member displaying erratic behavior since August 2010.

Could part of the 12-year-veterans problem be that he was sleep deprived? According to   the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,  deprivation of sleep can also cause hallucinations.


According to The Telegraph of the United Kingdom.com, there is new research from scientists to suggest that sleep deprivation can actually drive you mad. 

I know personally, if I do not get enough sleep, I feel almost like a drunk person.  I know sleep deprivation can really affect the brain. That is not a good feeling.

It is common knowledge that airline services have increased their securities, since 911.   I have never been hijacked nor would I wish that on anyone else.  Would you ever imagine that your airline pilot might have unbearable problems that interfere with his or her flying the airplane?
A pilot needs  a   Medical Certification.     The Federal Aviation Administration answers such questions as how to get a medical certificate, who must hold a medical certificate, or is a pilot required to report to the Federal Aviation Administration after undergoing LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) or other laser eye surgery.  

Still with all the certification requirements, are pilots getting enough sleep? 
Becoming a Jet Blue pilot is quite admirable, especially the fact that this pilot was a 12-year-veteran.   Sometimes throughout life, possibly he ran into unbearable problems that just caused for his outburst that day.


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According to Travel USA today some of the new rules that the Federal Aviation Administration finalized in December 2011 were that flight-time limits will be 8 or 9 hours, depending on the time of day and number of lights flown, and smallest rest periods will be 10 hours between shifts.  This sounds good, but is this what is happening?     What are your thoughts on this? [3278][3279][3280][3281][3282]



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  3. Fiona Macdonald-Smith "Can sleep deprivation be the cause of mental illness?." The Telegraph of the United Kingdom. 2/3/2009. 2/3/2009 <Web >
  4. Federal Aviation Administration Government "Pilot Medical Certification Questions and Answers." Federal Aviation Administration Government. 16/10/2008. 16/10/2008 <Web >
  5. Bart Jansen "Airline pilots must fly shorter shifts and rest more." Travel USA today. 21/12/2011. 21/12/2011 <Web >

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