Dr. Michael Breus & Wally Hines

Dr. Michael Breus, Clinical Psychologist

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is one of only 168 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a regular contributor to the show (39 times). He has written three Amazon Best Sellers, and has provided editorial services for numerous medical and psychology peer-reviewed journals and has given hundreds of presentations to professionals and the general public. He does over 200 interviews a year and is active on social media at www.thesleepdoctor.com.


Wally Hines, Director of Standards, JETPUBS

Wally Hines is the Director of Standards for JETPUBS. An aviation industry leader, Wally is responsible for helping airlines find better ways to manage and maintain their manuals, audits, and safety culture. He currently works with just over 650 airlines, training centers, manufacturers and regulatory agencies.

Wally began his career in 1991 as a flight instructor and pilot for charter flights. In 1995, he became First Officer for Wings West (American Eagle), later moving on to Florida Gulf Airlines (USAir Express) and eventually Atlantic Coast Airlines (United Express). In 1996, he joined Sun Country as First Officer and Captain, where he continued to fly until 2017. In 2001, he founded JETPUBS.

Wally holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Studies from The University of North Dakota. He is active in both his business and local communities and is a member of several industry groups including the International Air Transport Association, Women in Aviation Association, and Inner Circle.


How to be Better in Bed: Reducing Fatigue and Improving Safety

Pilot fatigue has been a problem since the beginning of aviation. During Charles Lindbergh’s record breaking 33½ hour transatlantic flight to Paris, he fought to stay awake. Just nine hours into his epic journey, he wrote, “My whole body argues dully that nothing, nothing life can attain, is quite so desirable as sleep. My mind is losing resolution and control.” Fatigue is not just an inconvenience to Crew Scheduling and passengers, it’s a safety of flight issue. In a series of studies, 92% of German pilots and 87% of Dutch pilots report being regularly fatigued, 50% of pilots feel that fatigue is not taken seriously by their employer, and nine out of ten pilots have fallen asleep at the controls. NASA reports that pilot fatigue is the cause of 15-20% of all accidents. While the US National Safety Council, does not differentiate by industry type, they report that, in the US alone, fatigue costs US businesses $136 billion a year in lost productivity. The safety, cultural, and financial ramifications of fatigue are significant. So, why is so little training dedicated to this very important topic?

With all of these profit-reducing facts surrounding fatigue, what is a company to do? In this presentation, Dr. Michael Breus, PhD AKA The Sleep Doctor will help attendees identify a) Sleepiness vs. Fatigue; b) pre-flight techniques for individuals including caffeine management (pre-flight and during); c) a few in-flight fatigue fighting exercises; d) meal planning to avoid fatigue in flight; and e) how to get to sleep quickly once you have arrived at your destination.