How We Stack Up
Canadian pilots have some of the longest shifts in the world. Many fly for 12.5-hours, which can be extended to 15.5 hours – even on night flights where fatigue risks are the greatest.
NASA research conducted in actual flight conditions at night demonstrated that decision-making is impaired after 8.5 hours – resulting in “microsleeps.” Microsleeps are when you nod off, your eyes are heavy and your struggle to remain alert – like on a long-road trip or trying to pull an all-nighter.
Following the tragic 2009 Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY, in which a plane crashed into a house resulting in 50 casualities, the U.S. updated its fatigue rules for pilots to limit pilots' evening and night shifts to reflect the risks of pilot fatigue.
Canada's current pilot fatigue rules lag far behind international standards. They ignore established science on the limits of human performance. Safe travel depends on rested pilots.
Let's not wait for a tragedy to act. Add your voice to those of more than 8,000 Canadian pilots who have banded together to tell the government we need updated regulations to make our skies safer.
PILOTS TALK ABOUT FATIGUE