Fatigue Assessment in Camp Mirage CC130 Aircrew: Recommendations for Pharmacologic Intervention

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Authors
  1. Paul, M.A.
  2. Miller, J.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
An acute fatigue issue with serious flight safety implications was uncovered during a recent deployment among aircrews conducting tactical airlift between Camp Mirage (CM) and Kabul. This acute fatigue issue is due to jet lag-induced sleep deprivation. The relief aircrews arriving in CM have been deployed across 9 time zones, but are pressed into the tactical airlift schedule after only 2 nights of sleep at CM. Thus, they undertake their first mission with an acute sleep deficit. In spite of the fact that the arriving relief crew spent an average of 7.75 hours in bed the night before their first mission, they slept only an average of 3.4 hrs. This was due circadian desynchronosis: their body clocks were significantly retarded relative to local time. The very low sleep-efficiency in the arriving crew (44%), the night before their first mission was a serious flight safety concern, especially because they were flying over hostile territory in a demanding tactical environment over a 14-hour crew day. Using the USAF performance modelling software, objective sleep data and actual crew duty day data, we estimated crewmember cognitive effectiveness during duty days for the two crews mentioned, above. We also estimated crewmember cognitive effectiveness for crews flying a nighttime schedule several months earlier. RESULTS. The model estimates indicated the following: a) the crew which commenced operations on their 3rd day in theatre, were operating at dangerously low levels of cogniti

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Keywords
Ergogenic aids;Human performance;Pharmacologic intervention;Jet lag;Aircrew fatigue
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2004-021 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2004
Number of Pages
51
DSTKIM No
CA024146
CANDIS No
521652
Format(s):
CD ROM

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