Pilot Fatigue Remains Concern

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It feels like the dilemma is on the pilots to call out fatigued when they need to, knowing they may have a flight cancelled that will upset many passengers. Makes you wonder if some pilots aren’t calling out fatigued when they might be just due to this dilemma.

Ben

At least from my experience with my airline pilot and even fractional operator friends, they will call out fatigued if they get to that point with “pax being upset” as one of their last considerations. We are professionals. We are responsible for safety of all onboard. Flying fatigued may be the difference between little Jimmy getting to see his grandma a few hours or a day later, or not getting to see her at all (see Colgan Air Flight 3407). While scheduling is responsible for ensuring adequate rest opportunities for crews, things happen all that time that cut into their planning. We are that last slice of cheese in the model and it’s up to us to acknowledge if we are not safe to operate. I’ll let the gate agents, far more qualified in modern day “fight club” tactics, handle the ensuing mayhem.

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