April 20, 2011 | Mark Paradies

Flight Global Reports Group Calling for Fatigue Rules for Aviation Maintenance

Here’s the article:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/04/20/355757/wats-2011-maintenance-industry-calls-for-action-on.html

Here are a couple of interesting quotes …

“The [aviation] industry really doesn’t have a culture at the organizational, individual, or governmental level to really approach the challenge that fatigue puts on all of us, whether in the cabin, on the flight deck, in maintenance or in air traffic control,” says Bill Johnson, the FAA’s chief scientific and technical advisor for human factors in aircraft maintenance systems. Johnson made the comments at the World Aviation Training (WATS) conference and tradeshow in Orlando, Florida on 19 April. “We’ve got a long way to go as an industry, but so do nuclear plants, the trucking industry and others.”

Maintenance is on a slower track because there has not been a “root cause analysis” that shows maintenance fatigue as the cause of “a major event in aviation”, says Johnson. This despite work rules that he calls “unbelievably minimal”.

TapRooT® Users …. Are you answering the fatigue question (part of the 15 Questions – Human Performance Troubleshooting Guide)? It’s the first step to identifying fatigue issues when there has been a human error.

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