flying late at night is not the same as flying during the day, when the human body can remain alert longer
Washington, DC (Vocus) May 27, 2010
Air India pilots are none too happy about theories already arising that attribute Saturday's deadly crash to pilot error. However, International commercial pilot D.J. Frost says India’s regulations on how long pilots be on duty without a break could have been a significant factor in causing pilot fatigue, and potentially this latest disaster, which claimed the lives of 158 of the 166 people on board.
“Flying is not all about advanced technology like radar and G.P.S. systems, it is about man and machine working together,” says Frost. Current regulations on pilots in India allow for a flying time of nine hours and twelve hours of duty time (inclusive of flying time). Frost says that does not take into account that “flying late at night is not the same as flying during the day, when the human body can remain alert longer,” he said.
The black box containing flight data has been recovered and will be analyzed for clues. Meanwhile, Air India employees staged a surprise strike Tuesday to protest a delayed salary payment and a management order not to talk to reporters, forcing the cancellation of 42 flights, officials said.
The Air India crash was the worst in the past decade in India.
Ask Frost, a 30 year veteran international commercial pilot based in Miami, about:
•How real an issue pilot fatigue is on U.S. carriers
•Has he ever fallen asleep in the cockpit?
•How are the regulations different in the U.S. regarding pilot fatigue
•With summer vacation season upon us, are international carriers less safe than U.S. carriers?
•How will this strike by Air India workers affect the safety of its passengers?
D.J. Frost is a frequent contributor to media outlets including FOX NEWS CHANNEL, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Jim Bohannon Show, NBC Miami and others on aviation related issues. His program “Fly Stress Free” helps those with a fear of flying overcome that fear.
To request an interview with pilot D.J. Frost, contact Allen Media Strategies Aaron Leistner at (703) 589-8960 or aaron(at)allenmediastrategies(dot)com.