DEAD TIRED: Pilot Fatigue – Aviation's Insidious Killer
by Ace Abbott
AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT THE ISSUE OF TIRED PILOTS BY A RETIRED COMMERCIAL PILOT
Dead Tired reversed equals tired dead, and this reversal stands out as the primary theme of this book, namely the problem of tired pilots who wind up dead.
•The issue of tired pilots crashing airplanes is now out of the closet.
Unfortunately, it took an ugly accident (Continental Flight 3407 at Buffalo, New York, on January 12, 2009) to get the issue into front-and-center headlines.
•Dead Tired sheds additional light on the Buffalo catastrophe and offers the
reader an in-depth understanding of the ongoing, pilot-fatigue problem.
•This book also brings to light the FAA’s disregard for the safety and the well-being of cargo pilots by exempting them from the long-awaited revised rest and duty time rules.
•The accident and incident reports of tired-pilot crashes have been included
to present the case for a need for heightened awareness of the potential damage resulting from tired pilots in the cockpit.
•The added educational material related to sleep deprivation, its symptoms, and counter-measures are relevant for pilots, for professional drivers, and for any driver who has ever taken charge of automobile in a tired condition.
•Please fasten your seat belt and remain alert!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ACE ABBOTT, born and raised on a farm in upstate New York entered the Air Force in 1965 and became an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot based in the Far East. In 1971 he began his civilian career as a Learjet charter pilot. From 1980 until 2002 he was a Boeing 727 Captain with several airlines. A 36 year aviation career took him to 44 countries with 25 employers.
- Ace Abbott, July 2012
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