HUMAN FACTORS OF CC-130 OPERATIONS. VOLUME 6: FATIGUE IN LONG-HAUL RE-SUPPLY MISSIONS

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Authors
  1. Paul, M.A.
  2. Pigeau, R.A.
  3. Weinberg, H.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Deployment of troops in foreign theatres requires a massive airlift capability. Transport squadrons are called upon to deliver personnel and materiel, day and night, around the clock, usually during long transmeridian flights. The relentless fatigue encountered in such operations can be severe enough to pose a flight safety hazard. During Operation Alliance, a month long airlift (January 1996) in support of Canadian troops in Bosnia, 18 Air Transport Group CC-130 Hercules carried out 86 missions from Trenton to Split with aircraft landing in theatre every four hours. Most crews attained the 120 hour maximum allowable flying time per 30 day period, in as little as two weeks. There were several reports of aircrew falling asleep at the controls. After the main airlift was completed, only three of these missions were flown each week. This frequency of re-supply missions was adequate to sustain Canadian troops in former Yugoslavia. Because these sustainment flights were flown in a more relaxed manner, aircrew were given 32 hours on the ground in the United Kingdom on arrival from Trenton, Canada (five time zones), before proceeding to Zagreb, Croatia (one time zone), instead of the 14 hours they were given at this stage of the mission, during the original airlift. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Crew resource management;IP models;PCT;Sustained operations;Resupply missions
Report Number
DCIEM-98-R-19-VOL-6 — Research Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 1998
Number of Pages
49
DSTKIM No
98-01931
CANDIS No
508776
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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