recommendations based on the information available during the course of its deliberations. It should be noted that this interim report is being provided according to tasking requirements, and that nothing in this interim report should be construed as findings, conclusions, or recommendations from this committee regarding pilot commuting. Rather, it is intended to provide a snapshot of the committee’s activities to date, and to present in broad terms a “road map” of how the committee intends to address the issues in its final report.

BOX 1
Information to Be Reviewed and Study Objectives

The study is to review available information on:

  • the prevalence of pilots commuting in the commercial air carrier industry, including the number and percentage of pilots who commute greater than two hours each way to work;
  • characteristics of commuting by pilots, including distances traveled, time zones crossed, time spent, and methods used;
  • the impact of commuting on pilot fatigue, sleep, and circadian rhythms;
  • commuting policies of commercial air carriers (including passenger and all-cargo air carriers), including pilot check-in requirements and sick leave and fatigue policies;
  • postconference materials from the Federal Aviation Administration’s June 2008 symposium titled “Aviation Fatigue Management Symposium: Partnerships for Solutions”;
  • Federal Aviation Administration and international policies and guidance regarding commuting; and
  • to the extent possible, airline and pilot commuting practices.

Based on this review, the committee will:

  • define “commuting” in the context of pilot alertness and fatigue;
  • discuss the relationship between the available science on alertness, fatigue, sleep and circadian rhythms, cognitive and physiological performance, and safety;
  • discuss the policy, economic, and regulatory issues that affect pilot commuting;
  • discuss the commuting policies of commercial air carriers and to the extent possible, identify practices that are supported by the available research; and
  • outline potential next steps, including to the extent possible, recommendations for regulatory or administrative actions, or further research, by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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