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Grand Forks Air Force Base flight controllers furloughed

July 14, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS — Air traffic controllers at Grand Forks Air Force Base, who also serve double duty controlling civilian airspace in the region, had their hours reduced last week, according to the base. Continue Reading

FAA falls short on plan to aid fatigued workers

April 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Federal Aviation Administration told a government watchdog nearly two years ago that it was prepared to let air traffic controllers sleep or rest during work shifts when they weren’t directing aircraft. It still hasn’t happened. Continue Reading

Dozing air traffic controllers focus attention on health risks from working odd shifts

April 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Reports of sleeping air traffic controllers highlight a long-known and often ignored hazard: Workers on night shifts can have trouble concentrating and even staying awake. Continue Reading

Another air controller naps; new schedules coming

April 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The government is changing air traffic controllers’ work schedules most likely because of fatigue following another incident in which a controller fell asleep while on duty, this time at a radar center in Miami, the Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday. Continue Reading

Fargo airport set to receive additional FAA staff

April 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Fargo’s Hector International Airport is among 27 airports nationwide where the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered additional overnight staffing for air traffic control operations. Continue Reading

Naps on the job? Air traffic controllers need them, scientists say

April 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Sanctioned on-shift napping would be a radical change for the Federal Aviation Administration. Current regulations forbid sleeping at work, even during breaks. Controllers who are caught can be suspended or fired.
Experts, though, say that kind of thinking is outdated. Continue Reading

FAA tries to quell sleeping controller controversy

April 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Publicly fuming, the FAA chief collected Thursday the resignation of the head of the U.S. air traffic system, doubled controller staffing at more than two dozen airports and ordered a sweeping review of the entire system that ensures planes fly safely, as the government sought to reassure the public that air travel is safe despite at least four instances of controllers sleeping on the job. Continue Reading