WFOR-TV: Schnell Studies Cockpit Fatigue

Monday, February 8, 2010

In an investigative story about the increased number of pilots falling asleep in the cockpit by WFOR-TV, Miami, FL, UI research scientist Tom Schnell discussed his innovative research into pilot fatigue. Schnell is leading a team of scientists on a two-year NASA sponsored study of the effects of fatigue on real commercial pilots. "We don't know much because what goes on in flight decks and at the line is not necessarily accessible in a most straight forward fashion," Schnell said. "And formal human factor research is absolutely necessary to see what we can do to help those crews cope with these types of situations.

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