The level of fatigue has a great impact on the ability of a pilot to fly a plane. Fatigue is one of the leading physiological cause of mistakes or accidents in aviation.
The U.S. Navy has always been very interested in understanding how fatigue can also affect top pilots. It is critical to be able to measure the physiological and psychological state of a pilot before he/she flies. It is also important to correlate the number of hours of sleep with the level of cognition as pilots use many cognitive abilities simultaneously to fly. Having the capacity to rapidly assess those abilities is therefore a must before a pilot goes on a mission.
A study was published in the Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine Journal by a U.S. Navy team from the Naval Medical Research Unit of Dayton, Ohio showing how CogniFit could help predict individual differences in response to sleep loss and how to then take appropriate measures before a flight. In other words, using CogniFit to screen the present ability of a pilot to fly.
You can find more information about this interesting study on the CogniFit’s blog. It is great to see that a reputed institution such as the U.S. Navy, where data and information must be extremely reliable, confidently used CogniFit to provide those critical information.