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Topic: Regulatory Aspects

Our understanding of the issues associated with fatigue have now reached a sufficient level of sophistication that it is possible to design a regulatory framework that will ensure that aircrew are always sufficiently rested for the flight they are about to undertake. All that remains is to ensure that the regulatory framework has sufficient punitive power to ensure that all aircrew and industry comply.

Critically evaluate the above statement. Your answer must clearly address the contention that we have sufficient knowledge of fatigue and then whether a regulatory framework is or is not possible based upon your analysis of that contention. Finally you should discuss and justify whether a punitive approach is appropriate or not, including analysis of any alternative approaches.