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Pilots for several airlines in Europe and Asia are permitted to take short naps in the cockpit, as long as another pilot is awake, of course. No such leeway in the U.S., although pilots have been given longer mandatory rest times between flights in the wake of the Colgan Air accident of 2009.
Pilots in India can now take a nap while operating a flight provided the forty winks are no longer than 40 minutes on a flight of duration of three hours or more.
On longer flights, the flight crew may take more than one rest period, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said.
The aviation regulator said it had been observed that short sleep periods of only 25 minutes can help improve performance.