Fatigue Risk Management
While the issue of aircrew fatigue is of course as old as aviation itself, fatigue is increasingly being recognized as an important risk factor in aviation over the last decade. Recent accidents have brought new emphasis to this topic. And new regulations allowing the use of Fatigue Risk Management Systems to manage risk are bringing potential benefits to safety and efficiency, but also new responsibilities to airlines, flight crew, pilot associations and oversight authorities.
Several commercial FRMS support tools are on the market these days. But tools are only one element of what is needed to successfully introduce Fatigue Risk Management in an airline. Many other aspects of the day-to-day operational environment, as well as the relationship between the airline, its crews, and their representatives, need to be dealt with to introduce FRMS successfully. And off-the-shelve solutions do not always provide the level of flexibility needed to address the specifics of your airline. If the various processes, documents and tools of your FRMS are not fully in sync with your operation, acceptance will be low and the costs may not outweigh the benefits. NLR supports airlines in the preparation for - and introduction of FRMS by:
- Developing reporting forms and handbooks
- Providing the fatigue model linked to your scheduling tool
- Validating & calibrating your model & tool using data from voluntary measurements of alertness (vigilance tests, questionnaires) and the quality and duration of sleep (actiwatch).
- Fatigue awareness training for management & crew
- Establishing Fatigue Risk Performance Indicators
- Integrating FRMS with your (Q)SMS