Posted by lex, on April 17, 2008
According to a just-released Navy research paper, pilots of the MQ-1 Predator unmanned air vehicles **are the most fatigued crews in the military, which seriously affects job performance, operational safety and family relationships. The most worrying thing is the reasons why and the lack of a clear solution…
My theory is that the predator crews are stressed because they’re expected to fly to the same safety standards (and longer hours) than a guy up in an airplane actually enjoying what he’s doing. It’s like playing a four-hour shift of MS Flight Simulator with the risk of losing your wings if you goober up. Day after day.
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