In 2016, studies were conducted to answer specific operational questions. There was also an increased internal communication as Cathay Pacific served on international fatigue forums and taskforces. The FRMS continues to mature and evolve.
Fatigue-related safety risks were identified via fatigue reporting (Air Safety Reports – Fatigue (ASR-Fs)), and extensive analysis using fatigue software (FAST). As a result, changes were made to rostering practices for both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon to mitigate these risks. In addition to these routine processes, the FRMS conducted studies to answer specific operational questions. For example, a series of flight patterns were trialled and studied by the FRMS throughout 2016, one of which was approved for continued operation.
Tailored crew communications continued via the FRMS Bulletin, a regular newsletter to update crew on FRMS activities, for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. An FRMS article also appeared in the 2016 issue of the Group Safety Magazine regarding a study conducted in 2015 on the ability to assess fatigue levels using wrist-worn devices.
Cathay Pacific’s FRMS experience is much sought after by industry groups. In 2016, the Group Safety Manager – FRMS continued to serve on the Management Committee of the International FRMS Forum and on the IATA FRMS Taskforce, including presenting on behalf of the IATA FRMS Task Force at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Symposium on Fatigue Management Approaches.
Cathay Pacific is one of the industry leaders in FRMS, and we will continue to develop and mature the FRMS throughout 2017 and beyond.