24th Westminster Lecture on Transport Safety and 3rd UN Decade of Action Lecture

Wednesday December 4th, 2013 from 6pm.

Dean’s Yard

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Dr Robert Hunter’s lecture will cover the dangers of fatigue in the transport sector, and how it can be measured and managed. He will focus mainly on aviation and road transport but also touch on maritime, rail and even walking and cycling. The lecture will look at the question of how tired is too tired, meaning how tired is too tired to safely fly a plane, drive a car, ride a bicycle, or even be a pedestrian in an urban environment.

Dr Hunter will also address some of the wider socioeconomic costs of human fatigue in society and he will also report on the initial findings of BALPA’s trials with pilots using an eye movement monitoring technology which is designed to monitor alertness and prevent fatigue-related accidents.


Dr Robert Hunter is Head of Flight Safety at the British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA) and he recently gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee into its Flight time limitations inquiry. He was formerly Head of the Civil Aviation Authority’s Aviation Health Unit and a consultant specialist working in aviation medicine. During his time at the CAA he trained and secured a commercial pilots’ licence and flew on long haul routes for FlyGlobespan on Boeing 767. He was also formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Health Protection Agency and has a particular interest in public health. He has the view that, not just in the aviation sector, but more generally, the hazard of human fatigue is underestimated.


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