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What is Fatigue Risk Management (FRM)?

31st October 2023

EASA & UK CAA Part 147 approved organisation, Bostonair Technical Training Ltd has launched two brand new online training courses designed for all manner of aviation personnel, RVSM and Fatigue Risk Management (FRM). But what does FRM training mean? We sat down with Bostonair’s Online Training Manager – Alasdair Patrick, to ask him about the course and why it’s so important to get it right.


Bostonair’s Fatigue Risk Management online training Course, Why is it so important?

Fatigue risk management is a systematic approach to managing the risks associated with fatigue in the workplace. It involves identifying and assessing the risks of fatigue, implementing controls to reduce those risks, and monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of those controls. In the aviation industry, fatigue risk management is particularly important, as fatigue can have significant consequences in terms of safety.

There are a number of factors that contribute to fatigue in aviation, including long working hours, irregular shift patterns, and the need to maintain high levels of alertness and concentration for extended periods of time. To manage these risks, aviation organizations use a range of strategies and tools, including fatigue risk assessments, training and education, scheduling policies and procedures, and fatigue monitoring and reporting systems.

One key element of fatigue risk management in aviation is the implementation of a fatigue risk management system (FRMS). An FRMS is a comprehensive approach to managing fatigue in the workplace, which involves the development of policies and procedures to manage fatigue risks, the collection and analysis of data on fatigue-related incidents, and the implementation of programs to educate employees and promote fatigue awareness.

Another important strategy for managing fatigue in aviation is the use of fatigue risk assessments (FRAs). FRAs are designed to identify and assess the risks of fatigue in the workplace, and to develop strategies to mitigate those risks. FRAs typically involve the use of questionnaires, surveys, and other tools to collect data on factors that contribute to fatigue, such as sleep patterns, work hours, workload, and stress levels. In addition to these strategies, aviation organizations also use a range of tools and technologies to manage fatigue risks, such as fatigue monitoring systems, alertness management systems, and fatigue prediction models. These tools can help to identify fatigue risks in real time and to provide pilots and air traffic controllers with the information they need to manage their fatigue levels effectively.

Our Bostonair Technical Training Ltd (BTTL) online training course in Fatigue Risk Management aims to provide an understanding of:

  • Terminology and Abbreviations relating to FRMS
  • Sleep need and performance
  • Managing alertness
  • FRMS as a concept
  • Regulatory Structure
  • Reporting Fatigue Risk 
  • Implementing FRMS
  • FRMS and SMS 

Fatigue risk management is a critical component of safety in the aviation industry,y implementing a comprehensive approach to managing fatigue risks, aviation organizations can help to ensure the safety of their employees and passengers and maintain the high standards of safety and reliability that are essential to the aviation industry.

If you’re interested in our online training courses and would like to find out more;
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Alasdair Patrick

Online Training Manager & Part 147 Examinations Manager
Bostonair Technical Training Ltd


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