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Audit Initiated of Potential Controller Fatigue Factors at Chicago Air Traffic Control Facilities

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The National Transportation Safety Board has cited air traffic controller fatigue as a potential contributing factor to controller operational errors-a significant aviation safety issue. On December 12, 2007, Senator Richard J. Durbin requested that we review factors that could potentially cause controller fatigue at the major air traffic control facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Accordingly, we plan to audit controller workload factors at those locations. Our audit objectives are to (1) evaluate key factors that could contribute to controller fatigue at Chicago O'Hare's Air Traffic Control Tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control facility and Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center and (2) identify what measures FAA has taken to mitigate potential controller fatigue at those locations.