UND/NBAA Launch Fatigue Survey

Seventeen years after the industry’s last comprehensive study, experts want to know how pilots view the issue of crew rest.

The National Business Aviation Association has commissioned a new survey to better understand a number of topics related to pilot and crew fatigue.NASA

The business aviation industry believes 17 years is too long between updates about practical issues such as crew duty days, rest periods and other fatigue-related topics. The National Business Aviation Association, in cooperation with the John D. Odegaard School of Aerospace at the University of North Dakota, has commissioned a new survey to better understand how the business aviation’s perspective on these operational issues has changed since 2000.

For instance, 17 years ago there were about 100 ultra-long-range aircraft flying around the world. Today that number has climbed above the 1,000 mark. Then there’s the dramatic increase in the number of high-performance turbine-powered aircraft being flown with just one pilot. New to this voluntary survey, too, is a call to hear from cabin attendants and aviation maintenance technicians.

Once the study is complete, the results will be cross-referenced with data and findings from the 2000 survey, "Crew Factors in Flight Operations XIII: A Study of Fatigue Factors in Corporate/ Executive Aviation Operations."

An NBAA spokesman said survey participants can expect to spend between 15-30 minutes on the questions depending upon their current job responsibilities and experience. The survey is available online here. The NBAA's safety committee will publish the results at a later date.

Questions about the survey can be directed to the UND's Tim Wollmuth (timothy.wollmuth@und.edu) or the NBAA's Mark Larsen (mlarsen@nbaa.org).