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Air Traffic Controllers Report Chronic Fatigue Due to Scheduling

U.S. air-traffic controllers report high levels of chronic fatigue from schedules that require they work through the night, and aviation regulators need to take steps to limit the potential safety hazard, a federal study concluded. Of controllers who made safety …

Report Outlines Risks Associated With FAA Controllers Exhausting Schedules

Air traffic controllers are at greater risk for fatigue, errors and accidents because they work schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they’ll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, according to a government-sponsored report. Three years after …

Small Airports Facing Traffic Controller Cutbacks

When landing a plane amid birds, bobcats or alligators, it helps to have an air traffic controller on the lookout. But many small airports across the United States face losing this extra pair of eyes starting April 1, as budget …

Close-Plane Mishap Rattled Air Traffic Controllers

Air-traffic controllers were rattled after mistakenly flying three planes too close together in the skies near the nation’s capital, a federal report released Wednesday says, describing a chaotic scene in an airport tower during those minutes. The National Transportation Safety …

Report: Federal Air Safety Program Falling Short

A government watchdog says a program that encourages air traffic controllers to report their mistakes is amassing data, but the information isn’t being effectively used to improve safety. A report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general released Monday said significant …