An Analysis of Fatigue and Its Characteristics: A Survey on Chinese Air Traffic Controller

  • Le-ping Yuan
  • Guang-fu Ma
  • Rui-shan SunEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9736)


Previous research has shown that fatigue may reduce alertness and negatively impact job performance [1]. An over fatigued worker may increase the probability of an accident or incident. The purpose of this research study was to examine fatigue conditions and identify fatigue characteristics among air traffic controllers in China. Researchers utilized a survey to gain a clearer understanding of participant perceptions pertaining to fatigue. Survey items consisted of the following constructs: subjective fatigue, sleep quality, working factors, daily life factors, and personality. The results indicated that sleep quality and workload were major issues that caused the feeling of fatigue in the air traffic controllers surveyed. It is noticeable that daily life impact also contributed to the controller’s fatigue.


Air traffic controllers Fatigue Aviation safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute of Civil Aviation SafetyCivil Aviation University of ChinaTianjinChina

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