|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : msn|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 2500
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
The commuter airline I fly for is insistent on stand up overnights continuous duty overnights. We fly late at night to destination, then got 4 hours sleep and then are required to fly 3 trips afterward pushing the duty time to the 16 hours on 4 hours rest. Both myself and my first officer were extremely fatigued to be flying. We accepted the trip only because it was VFR. Had it been IFR the trip couldn't have been completed safely. This is becoming the daily practice for the commuter and is a guaranteed accident waiting to happen. Crews are flying in a comatose state of mind in the chicago area. Although the trip was legal, it should be an outlawed scheduling practice.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: REPORTER COMPLAINS OF EXTREME FATIGUE CAUSED BY ACR SCHEDULE AND LACK OF REST.
Narrative: THE COMMUTER AIRLINE I FLY FOR IS INSISTENT ON STAND UP OVERNIGHTS CONTINUOUS DUTY OVERNIGHTS. WE FLY LATE AT NIGHT TO DEST, THEN GOT 4 HRS SLEEP AND THEN ARE REQUIRED TO FLY 3 TRIPS AFTERWARD PUSHING THE DUTY TIME TO THE 16 HRS ON 4 HRS REST. BOTH MYSELF AND MY F/O WERE EXTREMELY FATIGUED TO BE FLYING. WE ACCEPTED THE TRIP ONLY BECAUSE IT WAS VFR. HAD IT BEEN IFR THE TRIP COULDN'T HAVE BEEN COMPLETED SAFELY. THIS IS BECOMING THE DAILY PRACTICE FOR THE COMMUTER AND IS A GUARANTEED ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. CREWS ARE FLYING IN A COMATOSE STATE OF MIND IN THE CHICAGO AREA. ALTHOUGH THE TRIP WAS LEGAL, IT SHOULD BE AN OUTLAWED SCHEDULING PRACTICE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.