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Robert Mann [HPN-NY]
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Pilots Sleeping on the Job
      #268428 - 10/16/09 10:43 AM

Airlines and pilot unions have joined forces to persuade the FAA to rewrite rules allowing pilots to take "controlled naps" on certain flights. For years, several foreign airlines have allowed this. This has been proposed before, but has been shot down primarily because of public perception. "It doesn't pass the Jay Leno test", as one person described it. Despite the perception, most studies conclude that a nap during a routine part of the flight would be very beneficial and increase alertness during the high demand parts of the flight. Similar studies have concluded that in corporate America, a brief nap in the afternoon would greatly increase employees' overall productivity, but the reality is that napping in your office after lunch is usually not a career enhancement move.

FAA has not yet stated their position on the issue, but we'll be hearing more about this soon.

More here: Latest Air-Safety Idea: Naps in the Cockpit

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Bob


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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Robert Mann [HPN-NY]]
      #268429 - 10/16/09 11:13 AM

Bob -- I remember John Deakin talking about naps like this, 20 years ago.
'bout time.

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Robert Mann [HPN-NY]
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]]
      #268430 - 10/16/09 11:16 AM

Scott,

In the article, they mention how pilots anonymously have revealed that this is done all the time.

So, are you going to encourage your associates to take afternoon naps in order to increase their productivity?

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Bob


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Ralph Jones
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Robert Mann [HPN-NY]]
      #268435 - 10/16/09 11:47 AM

Hey, there's a lock on the cockpit door...if nobody says "You can take a nap now" into the CVR, where's the problem?

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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Robert Mann [HPN-NY]]
      #268437 - 10/16/09 11:54 AM

Bob - I've been known to nod off reading transcripts!

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Jerry Kurata [KLVK]
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Robert Mann [HPN-NY]]
      #268438 - 10/16/09 12:00 PM

I remember coming back from Oshkosh once on a sunny morning and realizing as I was preping for landing in Utah that I did not remember most of Wyoming.<G>

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Mase Taylor
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Jerry Kurata [KLVK]]
      #268441 - 10/16/09 12:37 PM

Quote:

I remember coming back from Oshkosh once on a sunny morning and realizing as I was preping for landing in Utah that I did not remember most of Wyoming.<G>




Back in 1990-91 when I was transferred from Madison to Cedar Rapids, I commuted for a year so my kid could graduate from high school without transferring. I got to know route 151 pretty well. One day on the road I realized I had been kinda day dreaming and at first, I wasn't sure where I was or which direction I was going. It took a few seconds to get oriented.

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Ken Korshin KMIA
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]]
      #268442 - 10/16/09 12:39 PM

Ditto--I used to call it "checking the overhead".

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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Ken Korshin KMIA]
      #268443 - 10/16/09 12:57 PM

Ken -- Love it!

Hey, I was back at that little Vietnamese place in Chinatown about 3 weeks
ago, and enjoyed the jellyfish salad while thinking of you.....

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B. Butler (Oregonian)
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Re: Pilots Sleeping on the Job [Re: Jerry Kurata [KLVK]]
      #268445 - 10/16/09 01:10 PM

Quote:

I did not remember most of Wyoming.<G>




Long ago when I commuted from SLC to Boulder, Wyoming had the same effect on me. Fortunately, my Tri-Pacer lacked an autopilot.

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