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Pilot Performance Optimization

As a professional pilot the only variable that YOU truly control is your own fitness, health and well-being.  This is the Human Factor.  There is no reason you should not seek to maximize your performance in the jet by optimizing the human machine!

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Flight Surgeon Resources

Here you will find a number of useful resources for both the novice and seasoned flight doc.  Whether deployed or in garrison, having this information accessible will make your life easier!

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History of Flight Medicine

Hippocrates of Greece & Galen of Rome are renowned for their central roles in modern medicine, but who is aware of Paul Bert’s many contributions to medicine? Read more

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History of Aviation

Man’s desire to fly dates back to the very dawn of recorded history, but this fantasy became reality in 1903 on a small sandy beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Read more

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Notable Aircraft Mishaps

One of the most fascinating & challenging opportunities expected of the aviation medical physician is serving as ‘human factors’ expert on mishap investigation boards. Read more

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Phiz Biz: GFM Partners with USAF Aerospace Physiologists

Phiz Biz (a clever play on Physiology Business) is a monthly newsletter produced by the USAF Aerospace and Operational Physiology Flight at Peterson AFB in Colorado.  The team started this tradition back in 2008 and continues to consistently publish it to[...]

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THE ASMA SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY Every May, experts and enthusiasts in aerospace medicine from across the globe gather to network, learn, and teach one another the latest ideas and innovations in this niche medical specialty. A little over a month ago,[...]

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Too Old to Fly? – Age Limits & Waivers for Military Pilots

Recently, I’ve been asked several times about age limits to become a pilot in the US Air Force. Age is actually not considered a ‘medical’ standard.  In the USAF, flight surgeons use a hefty document, titled the ‘Medical Standards Directory’[...]

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Pilot Education: LASER Exposure & Eye Injury

LASER exposure continues to be an increasingly frequent problem in both military and civilian aviation.  Typically, these exposures arise from people pointing green commercial LASERs directly at flying aircraft.       The FAA has been tracking the number of[...]

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LASER Eye Injuries in Aircrew

A separate post written as a resource for pilots and aircrew on LASER exposure/eye injury can be found here.    The crux of aerospace medicine is the identification of medical conditions that lead to sudden and unanticipated incapacitation of the[...]

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