Commercial Airline Pilots’ Attitudinal Data on Controlled Rest in Position: A Qualitative Inquiry

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Stephen Rice
Scott R. Winter
Emily C. Anania
Gajapriya Tamilselvan
Shawn Doherty


The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudinal data of commercial pilots on the possible implementation of controlled rest in position (CRIP). Prior research indicated that pilot napping could be beneficial to reduce fatigue. While CRIP has been implemented by some international regulatory agencies, it remains prohibited in the United States. Through a qualitative methodology and a phenomenological approach, 30 commercial pilots from the United States presented their thoughts on an open-ended research instrument as to the possible advantages, disadvantages, and implementation aspects of CRIP. The findings indicated that 70% of participants were in favor of CRIP implementation. However, participants expressed concerns over ensuring that proper CRIP policies and procedures were implemented to ensure safety was not compromised.

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Stephen Rice, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Stephen Rice is an associate professor of human factors and behaviorial neurobiology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006.

Scott R. Winter, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Scott R. Winter is an assistant professor of graduate studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2013.

Emily C. Anania, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Ms. Emily C. Anania is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of human factors and behavioral neurobiology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Gajapriya Tamilselvan, Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Gajapriya Tamilselvan is a postgraduate research assistant at the Florida Institute of Technology where she earned her Ph.D. in 2018.

Shawn Doherty, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Shawn Doherty is an associate professor of human factors and behaviorial neurobiology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


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