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Coming to Terms With the Business Aviation Talent Shortage

The aviation industry is somewhat unique in its talent requirements. Highly skilled and experienced personnel are essential to safe, effective and efficient operations. This includes all functional areas. While people…

Posted on September 27, 2019
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Researchers Identify 2 New Chronotypes

Are you a night owl or an early bird? If this question has you struggling to answer for certain, rest assured: you probably belong to one of two new groups…

Posted on August 1, 2019
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Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? How About Prioritizing More Sleep!

The New Year is a time to revisit old habits and kickoff new ones. There has never been a better time to listen to the sage advice of our moms…

Posted on January 14, 2019
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The Fatigue Impact of Multi-Segment Flying

Pilots know fatigue all too well. Changing time zones, early starts, and delays have always been an inherent part of the job. But over the past few years, improving aircraft…

Posted on August 6, 2018
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Love of the Game

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” –Steven Pressfield, The War of Art Remember the first…

Posted on August 6, 2018
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Implementing a Fatigue Management Program: A Human Factors Dimension to Your SMS

Chapter 11 of ISBAO centers on a Fatigue Management program. Introduced as its own chapter in 2016, the section emphasizes the need to have a Fatigue Management Plan (FMP), which…

Posted on March 6, 2018
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Staying Engaged: Fighting the Three-Headed Dragon

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, when you live near one.” Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit I’d like to introduce you to KODAPPP –…

Posted on February 5, 2018
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Fruit Flies, Circadian Rhythms, and Fatigue Risk Management

Recently, it was announced that this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three scientists for their research on biological clocks and 24-hour circadian rhythms. Although their experiments were…

Posted on October 5, 2017
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Pavlov’s Dogs Had it Right

Note: In the 1890s, a Russian psychologist named Ivan Pavlov noticed that his dogs began salivating even before they were presented with their food—his mere entrance into their room triggered…

Posted on September 8, 2017