U.N. rethinks global sleep standards for helicopter pilots

From Reuters:

A U.N. aviation task force is updating global standards to ensure commercial helicopter pilots get enough sleep, at a time of broader industry efforts to manage crew fatigue, a technical specialist for the group said Wednesday.

The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization is working to bring sleep standards for helicopter pilots in line with existing recommended practices for commercial airline crew, said Michelle Millar, ICAO’s technical specialist, human performance.

Unlike the existing standards for helicopter pilots, guidelines for commercial airline pilots take into account basic human physiology such as circadian rhythms and the importance of sleeping at night.

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