Accession Number : AD0780606

Title :   Helicopter Aircrew Fatigue.

Descriptive Note : Advisory rept.,

Corporate Author : ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARIS (FRANCE)

Personal Author(s) : Perry,I. C.

Report Date : MAY 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The studies by the Group have shown that aviator fatigue is generally agreed to be an important problem in helicopter operation. Apart from the effects that such a condition has on efficiency, fatigue has also been found to be an important contributory factor in helicopter accidents, both in peace time operations and in the combat environment. Many of the major causes of fatigue result from inadequate training on the part of those responsible for the well-being of aircrew; such training in the causes and effects of fatigue would of themselves lead to the changes of organization and procedures which would minimise the occurrence of fatigue. It has been found that the Army helicopter aviator throughout the NATO Nations, continues to be treated and to work under the same conditions as the ground soldier. Whilst such a policy may have been desirable in the past, it can now be argued that because of the increasing complexity and expense of the aircraft used, the aviator should be considered as more of an integral part of the man-machine complex rather than as a ground soldier. He should therefore be managed and maintained more like the aircrew of the Air Forces and Navies of NATO.

Descriptors :   *Fatigue(Physiology), *Flight crews, Aviation personnel, Performance(Human), Stress(Physiology), Helicopters, Aviation accidents, Diagnosis(Medicine), France

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE