First sociological study of the commercial pilot’s work and home life released

Posted by pt91 at Jun 08, 2011 10:15 AM |
Report on the Pilot Lifestyle published by University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 June 2011

A ground-breaking report on the lifestyle of commercial pilots has been published by Dr Simon Bennett of the University of Leicester’s Civil Safety and Security Unit (CSSU).

Funded by a grant from the British Air Line Pilots’ Association (BALPA), the report addresses issues like fatigue, stress, organisational culture, job satisfaction, motivation, indebtedness, commuting, industrial relations, medical and psychological support and the work-life balance. The European Union’s plans to change aircrew flight-time limitations spurred the investigation.

Titled The Pilot Lifestyle: a sociological study of the commercial pilot’s work and home life the report features sleep log, questionnaire and interview data. Hundreds of pilots contributed to the findings. Running to 150,000 words and 222 pages The Pilot Lifestyle gives hard-pressed pilots a voice.

Dr Bennett comments: “The commercial aviation industry is one of our finest technical achievements. Unfortunately, commercial pressures, evidenced in the drive to do more with less, may undermine it. It is time to listen to those who know it best – the pilots”.

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University staff members Ms Louise Taylor ( and Ms Victoria Anderson ( can help with purchase queries. 

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