Social Media to Blame for Change in Sleep Pattern of Indian Pilots: Air Chief

by September 15, 2018 0 comments

Social Media to Blame for Change in Sleep Pattern of Indian Pilots

Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa recently said that social media addiction has taken a toll on IAF pilots, particularly their sleep pattern.

Delivering the inaugural Addressing at the  three-day 57th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM)  titled “AEROSPACE MEDICINE: FIELD APPLICATIONS” in Bengaluru on Friday, Dhanoa said pilots at the Indian Air Force (IAF) are the latest to face problems due to overusing social media. He said spending long hours on social media is making them sleep deprived. “With many of them spending time on social media during the night, they have less time to sleep” he added.

Air Chief urged the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) under the training command to find a mechanism or technology that can identify pilots who have not had enough sleep before their flights.

Dhanoa said that while social media has become an important part of communication today, it is taking away people’s interpersonal communication skills.

Dhanoa said, “Earlier if a pilot had a drink too much, the barman would know. If he failed to notice, the others would know and he did be laid off flying for the day. Today we even have breath analysers. We need a system today that can tell us if a pilot had been sleep deprived.”

He attributed this to a fatal accident in 2013 and said “Everybody seems to get on social media late, it then keeps them awake. Flying sorties when the ambient temperature goes beyond 40-degree Celsius is discouraged, so most of them take off early in the day. This means that most flight briefings are as early as 6 am and pilots haven’t had enough sleep.”

Air Chief said that IAM will get actively involved in astronaut selection and manned space mission(GAGANYAAN) as declared by Prime Minister. He also said that Aerospace Medicine specialist is the best friend of the air crew in the field and appreciated the Aerospace Medicine speciality for their commendable job.

Amidst controversies over the Rafale fighter jet deal prices, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Wednesday had emphasised how crucial it was to procure the fighter jets, considering the threats from Pakistan and China and the Indian Air Force’s current squadron strength of only 31 from the 42 sanctioned strength.

“No country is facing the kind of grave threat that India is confronted with. Intentions of our adversaries can change overnight. We need to match force level of our adversaries,” said Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa.

“By providing the Rafale and S-400, the Government is strengthening the Indian Air Force to counter the short falls of our depleting numbers,” he said.

Writer: Kestur Vasuki

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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