Finnair develops crew schedules based on Jeppesen fatigue tool

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Boeing's Jeppesen unit says Finnair has become the first commercial carrier to develop crew schedules based on Jeppesen's recently introduced fatigue risk management functionality integrated with its crew management solution suite.

Jeppesen's integrated solution takes into consideration predicted levels of fatigue when generating and maintaining crew schedules. The predictions are based on the Boeing Alertness Model developed jointly by Boeing and Jeppesen, which is based on a modified version of the long-validated Three Process Model of Alertness, and contains circadian and homeostatic components to yield predicted alertness.

"We have reached a very important milestone when it comes to addressing crew fatigue," said Antti Aukia, Finnair vice president, safety and quality management. "We have, as do most airlines, a fair distance still to cover in mastering crew fatigue. After collecting operational data to gain confidence in the Boeing Alertness Model, we have now integrated the model with Jeppesen's scheduling optimisation capabilities, which we believe will be absolutely central for our operations. We've introduced this functionality fully within our other safety barriers and we are now able to guide our crew rosters away from fatigue from the start, based on sound scientific principles."

Tim Huegel, director, Jeppesen portfolio management, aviation, added: "In addition to the improvements in the roster creation process, Finnair now incorporates analysis capabilities with our solution, placing them ahead of the competition for evaluating the effects of scheduling rule changes and enabling more efficient compliance with upcoming regulatory changes."

Jeppesen integrated fatigue risk management functionality with its crew management system in advance of new industry regulations, which were tabled after pilot fatigue came under severe scrutiny following the February 2009 crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop.

The Boeing unit also recently released a related Apple iPhone mobile application, called CrewAlert, which gives the user an insight into how sleep science applies to crew schedules. CrewAlert is intended for use by crew schedulers, crew members, government regulators and scientists to determine predicted levels of alertness.