How Do Pilots Handle Multiple Time Changes and a Complex Work Schedule?

Hours worked per day, hours flown per month, time zones traversed and the location of pilot domiciles are a few of the factors that are taken into consideration to ensure sufficient rest for the crew. Staying fit helps me stay on track, so I always pack gym gear in my overnight bag. Since diet plays a major role in overcoming jet lag, many pilots bring their own food. I find that going for a walk is often all it takes to help clear the cobwebs after a long flight.

August 1, 2012
Portrait of Air Canada's Captain Doug Morris
Photo: Reynard Li

Doug Morris is an author, meteorologist, instructor and Air Canada captain on the Boeing 787.