Crew Rest Research: Participant Information and Registration

Introduction

This research project is being conducted by Richard Davies as part of a Masters program at the University of South Australia. The research project is being supervised by Dr Janette Rose, Program Director: Human Factors & Safety Management Systems, Occupational Health & Safety Management, School of Engineering, University of South Australia.

The research project intends to collect and analyse data regarding initiating events and conditions that cause disruption to rest during crew rest periods in-flight; in particular the aspects due to aircraft motion that is not stable, constant velocity flight path.

The study has been approved by the University of South Australia, and endorsed by the Australian and International Pilots Association. (Both subject to approval)

Information and Data Being Collected

There are two key measures that are required in this research project:

  • Identification of events that occur during your crew rest periods that disrupt your rest.  These will be recorded by you on an iPad or iPhone (using specific software), and
  • The extent of extraneous aircraft motion (not associated with a stable, constant velocity flight path), such as via turbulence or manoeuvring.  These will also be recorded using specialist software on your iPad or iPhone.

The details and methods of undertaking this data collection are described  at http://aviationsafetyinstitute.aero/research/crewrest/instructions/

The researcher would like to obtain information from you over 10 to 15 inflight rest periods.  However, lessor or greater amounts would also be suitable and gratefully accepted.

 How to Participate and Provide Information and Data

There are several requirements that must be satisfied prior to involvement in the data collection for this research project

Suitable Equipment

To participate in the research data collection you will need to have an iPad or iPhone with iOS 8.0 or later installed, and an AppleID with a US account or an Australian account.  Use of an iPad is preferable as there is greater screen space for the software button setup in ‘Timestamp’. Although data collection is possible on an iPhone, the button size for the soft buttons in the ‘Timestamp’ app results in poor legibility for the associated text and reduced accuracy in button selection.

Application and Consent

To allow the researcher to obtain the necessary consents from you, and to identify the people legitimately involved in data collection, you are requested to complete the form at the end of this page. Submission of the form will be acknowledged by a webpage and an email to the email address you provide.

Subsequent to your registration a Consent Form will be sent to you for completion and return to the researcher.  Details for the method of returning the form will be included with the form.  The Consent Form is part of the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee oversight process.

What You Will Be Expected To Do

Specific details of what you are expected to do are available at http://aviationsafetyinstitute.aero/research/crewrest/instructions/

Please review these instructions and consider if you are capable of completing them. If you are NOT satisfied that you are able to satisfactorily complete the instructions, please refrain from participating.

Surveys can be completed on any flight when you have a rest period during the flight.

Confidentiality of Information and Data

During this research project all data will be handled confidentially and not be released to other parties not involved in the research, or not associated with the University.

As per the detailed instructions provided, collected data is submitted via email.  Upon receipt of the email the email address will be confirmed as being related to a registered participant and then the data will be separated from the associated email address and placed in a consolidated repository, thus effectively making the information non identifiable. Data received from non-registered email addresses will be discarded.

Any data or information you submit can be used in this project. You can withdraw your consent by advising the researcher and not participating further in the project. It will not be possible to retract submissions already made, as they will have been extracted to the central repository, and thus not identifiable.

During the project paper documents will be stored in a secure filing cabinet at the researchers office.  Electronic files will be stored on a desktop and portable computer, that both have password security only accessible to the researcher.  At the completion of the project paper documents will be destroyed after the data is aggregated.

The Results

Findings from the research may be published in a Masters thesis and related articles.  Data may be used in the future for further research work by the researcher, as this study may evolve into a larger research project.  In this case confidentiality will be retained.  At the end of this specific research project anonymised data may be archived as a dataset for use by other researchers.

Requests for copies of the final thesis may be made to the researcher.

Sponsorship

This research project is being sponsored by Aviation Safety Institute. Aviation Safety Institute is providing software, web presence and material support to this project.  Aviation Safety Institute does not have a vested interest in the results of this research, and provides its support in the interest of improving transport safety.

Ethics

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee,

Questions and Contact

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the researcher at research@asi.net.au

 

 

Crew Rest Research: Participant Registration Form

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