FDC2013 to run from September 15
22 May 2013
The dates for the next large-scale crowd sourcing of crew fatigue data has now been set to September 15th to October 15th. All airline crew world-wide are invited to participate. All that is needed is an iOS device with CrewAlert Lite installed (free at iTunes Appstore). Please register (here), participate in improving science on aircrew fatigue, and take part in a raffle for a new iPad and 30 free downloads of the upcoming CrewAlert Pro app.
August FDC2012 has now started
15 August 2012
The August version of FDC2012 has today started and we are no longer taking up registrations for this round of data collection. We have not yet decided when our next crowd-sourcing will run – but please sign up above and we will let you know!
August version of FDC2012 about to start
31 July 2012
CrewAlert was recently updated on Appstore with improved stability and a few smaller improvements. We are now making the final updates to the e-learning material that will be sent out in a few days to everyone that has registered. Please help us spread the word to make also this data collection a success!
April/May FDC2012 results
2 July 2012
The results of the data gathering for April/May looks really good with almost three times the data of FDC2011. Altogether we received uploads of good quality containing over 20,000 assessments and 4,600 sleep periods. The participants will be provided with a more detailed report over the results after the summer break. Thank you all!
Who may participate?
Any commercial airline pilot or cabin crew member is welcome to participate. You will need to use your own iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad) for the collection as this is the only supported platform for CrewAlert. You can use either CrewAlert (full version) or CrewAlert Lite (free of charge) that you will find on the iTunes App Store.
When will FDC 2013 run?
The collection period is 15 September – 15 October. You are free to start earlier as soon as you have received the e-learning material. Please pick a busy fortnight (14 days) of your schedule.
How does the data collection work?
You will be provided with e-learning material and use CrewAlert as for the data collection.
What data will be collected?
Basic settings, your schedule, your actual sleep, and of course the alertness assessments. The assessments are made on three scales: KSS – the Karolinska Sleepiness Scale, the Samn Perelli scale, and also a 5-minute reaction test called NPI.
How is my data uploaded and protected?
Data is transferred securely over an encrypted connection straight from CrewAlert over a WIFI connection to a Jeppesen server. The data is de-identified and stored and processed respecting relevant data integrity legislation.
What’s in it for me?
First of all a contribution to science making sure that actual operational data, in addition to laboratory data, also is used for correlation and development of fatigue models. Secondly we will make sure that participants are provided with a report over the results before everyone else. Thirdly you have a small chance of winning an iPad in our raffle among the 50% of participants that uploaded the most valuable data. (“Valuable” will be a weighted sum of number of days covered, number of assessments made and the coverage of sleep logs registering actual sleep/wake.) In the process of using CrewAlert there is also a fair chance that you will pick up some general knowledge about crew fatigue and current position of the science as represented by the Boeing Alertness Model in CrewAlert. We will also give away a fair amount of copies of the upcoming CrewAlert Pro application.
How do you know that there won’t be malicious data uploaded by crew, or even others, with their own agenda?
We don’t. We do however have filtering techniques available on incoming data that together with an assumption that the majority have sound intentions we should be able to reach fair data quality. We also have prior experiences of data collection with CrewAlert to compare with.
What is the “survey code”, and where do I find it?
All crew registering for FDC2013 are provided with e-learning material including a few video clips informing on how to use CrewAlert. The general survey code for FDC2013 is provided in one of those videos – this in order to provide the scientists with some confidence that participants have received training on the tool. One of the video clips contains information on where to enter it.