Recommendation R20000235

Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20000235
Date issued: 18 April 2001
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The ATSB recommends that CASA review the intent of CAO 48 to ensure that operators consider all duties associated with a pilot's employment (including managerial and administrative duties) when designing flight and duty time schedules, and that this requirement is not restricted to situations where there are one or two pilots.

Initial response
Date issued: 20 March 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

CASA acknowledges the intent of this recommendation and advises that the authority has taken significant steps to address the issue of fatigue management in aviation.

Through the work undertaken by the authority in consultation with [name], Head of Sleep Research at Adelaide University, CASA is currently developing a trial fatigue management system with a specific intention of ensuring that operators consider all duties associated with a pilots employment when designing flight and duty time schedules.

As an outcome of this trial, CASA anticipates that identified fatigue management principles would not be restricted to situations where limited numbers of pilots were retained. CASA notes that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICA0) Operations Panel is also monitoring the outcomes of this trial, for possible reflection in ICAO flight and duty time requirements.

CASA undertakes to advise the ATSB of the outcomes of this fatigue management system trial as this matter progresses.

ATSB Note:

On 4 December 2004, CASA amended CAO 48. The ATSB reclassifies the recommendation as Closed-Accepted (26 March 2008)

Further correspondence
Date issued: 26 March 2008
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:
Last update 05 April 2012