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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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’ (MSD) to determine if pilots and other special duty personnel[...Click Below to Read More]

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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 LASER incidents since 2005. This number has been increasing every[...Click Below to Read More]

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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 flyer. Screening for disease is performed during the initial flight[...Click Below to Read More]

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Become an Aviation Medical Examiner Today!

Last weekend, I attended a medical seminar held by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Denver, CO.  The seminar was a refresher training seminar for Aviation Medical Examiners (AME).  Although I had not yet been designated an AME, my experience and training as a USAF flight surgeon allowed me to[...Click Below to Read More]

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Spitfire 944 – WWII Flight Surgeon Footage

This short 14 minute documentary featured in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival won’t leave you disappointed.  The film invigorates an aged WWII pilot when he is reunited with old video footage of himself taken by his unit’s flight surgeon during the war. The film was directed by William Lorton and produced by[...Click Below to Read More]

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