Sadao Tamura, a former captain with All Nippon Airways and a former member of the Japan Transport Safety Board. The transport ministry is investigating how much flights and other factors affect pilots’ levels of fatigue, in a bid to improve the management of Japanese pilots’ fatigue to match levels in the United States and Europe.© Yomiuri Shimbun
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Because of irregular flight duty periods and time-zone differences, it’s difficult to manage pilots’ physical condition. At some airlines, mainly LCCs, the burden on pilots may increase. It’s important to establish standards for pilots’ fatigue as soon as possible, so they don’t work too much.
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