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Controlling Pilot Error

This title presents news about sleep, wakefulness, and alertness that can save pilot lives. It features: why motivation and discipline fail to overcome the physiological mechanisms of fatigue; the two most dangerous times of the day; how to use power napping - the fifteen-minute breakthrough; the science of getting more rest from your sleeping hours; countermeasures to apply when you burn the candle at both ends; and, expert tips for handling jet lag, cumulative fatigue, and just plain tough days.Reduce the terror of pilot error. The most effective aviation safety tools ever, "Controlling Pilot Error" guides give you expert protection against the causes of up to 80 per cent of aviation accidents - pilot mistakes. Each title provides: real-life pilot stories; valuable "save-yourself" techniques and safety tips; and, clear and concise analysis of error sets best for pilots. It helps to build your knowledge base - increase your confidence - sharpen your skills - and learn lifesaving tips.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction. Chapter 2. It's Been a Rough Day. Chapter 3. The Daily Two-Peak Pattern of Errors. Chapter 4. Sleep Biology and Napping. Chapter 5. Sleep in the News. Chapter 6. Dealing with Jet Lag. Chapter 7. Cumulative Fatigue: It All Ads Up. Chapter 8. Can the Pharmacy Help? Chapter 9. A Prescription for Fighting Fatigue. References. Appendix A: Hints for Good Sleep Hygiene. Appendix B: Napping Plan.

About the Author

James C. Miller. Ph.D., is one of the world's leading experts in the science of fatigue. Now a recreational pilot, he flew a fighter plane in the Vietnam War.


Controlling Pilot Error: FATIGUE by James C. Miller After reading the chapter on sleep biology and napping in this book, you may reconsider whether to take that afternoon or red-eye flight. In this slim volume, you will find information on how performance effectiveness drops from 98 percent in the morning to 80 percent or less when compromised by staying awake too long or by accumulating a sleep deficit. And it turns out there is a downside to automation in the cockpit--increasing the workload of monitoring responsibilities and decreased vigilance. This is an excellent primer on sleep even for the non-pilot. It includes a helpful discussion of the effects of drug sleep aids. Also included are examples of National Transportation Safety Board summaries of actual aircraft accidents and their possible causes.This is one in a series of 10 books on the challenges pilots face. The other books in the series deal with such topics as weather, communications, automation, controlled flight into terrain, and training and instruction. Additional topics covered are checklists and compliance, maintenance and mechanics, and situational awareness.Miller's book on fatigue covers sleep biology, jet lag, cmulative fatigue, good sleep hygiene, and other areas. The author is director of the Chronobiology and Sleep Lab at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Coastlines 20020201

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