On September 24, Dr. Laura Barger, Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, attended AO Sky’s safety committee meeting in Davis, California and led a discussion on crew fatigue and sleep management.
The discussion covered several topics, including sleep need, recognizing fatigue, the determinants of crew fatigue, and the costs (consequences) associated with crew fatigue, and, most importantly, fatigue countermeasures.
The session proved to be extremely meaningful and, as a result of Dr. Barger’s illuminating presentation, AO Sky will be implementing several internal policies relative to crew rest strategies and duty time limitations.
Dr. Barger’s research has focused on health and safety risks with work hours of various occupational groups, including flight crews, NASA mission controllers, astronauts, federal air marshalls, firefighters and medical residents. Dr. Barger received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of California, Davis and a M.M.Sc. in Clinical Science at Harvard Medial School. She is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel having spent 20 years in the US Air Force with operational aviation experience as a navigator on the KC-135 Stratotanker.