Air-traffic controllers breaking rules on sleep, FAA records show

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.denverpost.com/nationwor...-controllers-breaking-rules-sleep-faa-records

    WASHINGTON — New regulations intended to keep air-traffic controllers from dozing off on duty have been violated nearly 4,000 times, according to internal Federal Aviation Administration documents.

    After a controller fell asleep last year in the tower at Reagan National Airport outside Washington, it emerged that such lapses were commonplace at airports across the country, and the FAA said it would act to curb the problem.

    But a memo to more than 400 frontline FAA managers this month said a five-month internal review this year uncovered repeated violations of a requirement that controllers have at least nine hours off between shifts.

    More than half of the airport control towers were found to have violated the rule at least once. One facility broke the rule scores of times.

    The FAA suspended or fired several controllers for sleeping on the job last year, and the controversy contributed to the ouster of the head of the FAA's air-traffic control organization.
     
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    Life happens, they're humans too!;)
     
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    Even if they have 9 hours off, there is no guarantee of how much sleep they get.
     
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    they probably spent eight of those nine hours on milepoint
     
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    I have an idea....if we REALLY want to increase air travel safety......we stop wasting a FORTUNE on useless moronic TSA security theatre...and we spend some of that money to hire MORE ATCs, so that they can be staffed more heavily and allow for working shorter/less shifts with bigger/more breaks/days off and give them the proper time to go home, decompress and sleep properly between shifts.

    Any high stress job requires a certain decompression time between shifts in order to come down from a higher vigilance state to a more "normal" resting state..firefighters, police, etc.
     
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    There's also a desperate need for them to spend the money to overhaul and implement a new, modern ATC computer system. The reports about the current system's inadequacies are terrifying! It's shocking that there haven't been more disasters, given how ancient these systems are.
     

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