Briefing Leaflet

Sleep apnoea information for pilots

Dec 02, 2009


The prevalence of sleep apnoea in adults is estimated to be seven percent. In contrast, in the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records the prevalence
of sleep apnoea in Class I medical certified pilots is only 0.5 percent. Thus, sleep apnoea seems to be badly under diagnosed within pilot community. As sleep apnoea results in daytime sleepiness, un-diagnosed it can pose a significant safety risk in aviation.

This Briefing Leaflet provides additional information.