Psychologists inform National Research Council study on pilot fatigue
Six of the nine committee members were psychological scientists from academia, the military, and the private sector
On July 7, the Board on Human Systems Integration released a report from its Committee on the Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue. Six of the nine committee members were psychological scientists from academia, the military, and the private sector. The congressionally mandated study was commissioned following a 2009 commuter airline accident in Buffalo, New York that resulted in 50 fatalities. Much speculation surrounded the accident investigation, about the role commuting fatigue may have played in the actions of the pilot and co-pilot on their final approach. The report provided several summary conclusions and recommendations to guide future FAA regulation of pilot fitness for duty standards but also called for additional research because the existing data was insufficient to draw firm conclusions about the role of commuting on pilot fatigue.