Is controlling for one long period good

May, 31, 2020 by

We tend to congratulate those that stay open controlling at an airport for a long time. Just this year, a controller attempted to surpass the 26 hour straight controlling record, but his WiFi cut out unfortunately.

It’s not healthy though in my opinion and can effect your performance. Take a page out of the real world controller’s book. Typically in the real world, controllers work “on position” for 90 to 120 minutes followed by a 30-minute break. Research has shown that when controllers remain “on position” for more than two hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels.

Of course, is controlling in the real world more stressful then controlling in a sim, of course. Is controlling Friday Night Flight for six hours straight comparable and stressful, yes.

Limit yourself to a set time, in my opinion no one should be controlling more then 3 hours, but that’s just me, you do you. Control, take a break, then come back and control. It’s unhealthy not to.

References: “17.7 Work-rest cycles” Human Factors In Air Traffic Control

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. โ€” More