Key points

  • Fatigue is a causal factor in accidents
  • Understand that fatigue is normal and no-one is immune
  • Know the symptoms of fatigue
  • It affects your ability to fly safely
  • Your relationships with family and workmates may suffer if you are fatigued
  • Sleep, or lack of it, is a major part of the fatigue puzzle
  • Alcohol effects, diet, and water intake can increase fatigue.
  • You must manage your own levels of fatigue; if you work for  a commercial venture, your operator has a requirement to look out for your health too
  • Measure your fatigue levels and decide early about the appropriate actions needed
  • Trust others' evaluation of your performance and behaviour