Letter From the Publisher


Dear Readers,

This month’s feature article is compelling and I urge you to read it. The topic is controlled rest in position (CRIP) or allowing pilots to nap while at cruise (Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety). Some may regard the notion as controversial. Interestingly, Canada and Australia currently allow CRIP (under strict rules) which was news to me. As a pilot, I can see how CRIP could be a very useful tool for pilots to combat fatigue if allowed in the United States. I’ve broached the subject with a few others with whom I’ve shared the flight deck and their reactions and the ensuing conversations have been interesting and insightful. 

The piece was written by two Ph.D. professors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida – Dr. Stephen Rice and Dr. Scott Winter. If you click over to read their profiles, you’ll learn how their two areas of discipline have contributed to the research. We are grateful to have been allowed to publish this feature and we are particularly proud to put it in front of our readership. We would love to read your thoughts on the subject. Please email us at info@aerocrewnews.com

It is March, so that means we are headed to the 31st annual Women in Aviation, International conference which is taking place in Orlando (March 5-7). The work this organization does to promote our industry and support students who aspire to make their professions in all aspects of aviation is commendable and appreciated. If you have never been, I urge you to plan to attend (regardless of your gender), if not this one, in the future. They are held annually rotating from the east coast, to mid-America and the west coast. Visit their site at https://www.wai.org/.

Fly safe,

Craig Pieper



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