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How to Fly Reliably Alert

Clearly, you don’t want to be in a safety‐sensitive situation when a lapse of attention occurs. For your own safety and that of your passengers and fellow crew, it is imperative that you be reliably alert throughout your duty period. But how do you go about ensuring alertness?

Posted on February 3, 2020
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Professional Rebirth in the Roaring 20’s

There are many ways for aviation pros to rediscover their passion for the industry and raise the bar of professionalism.

Posted on January 15, 2020
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Slow Onset Hypoxia

Slow onset hypoxia is a dangerous phenomenon that poses a high risk of fatalities. Aviation professionals must be trained to recognize the condition. Learn about it.

Posted on November 6, 2019
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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
Fighter pilot preparing for takeoff

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
Pilot smiling from cockpit

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