Most aviators learn early in their career that flying with a simple upper respiratory infection or seasonal allergies can be painful. Gases in the sinuses and middle ear expand in accordance with Boyles Law as altitude increases and pressure decreases.[...]read more
The recent Germanwings tragedy has called commercial aviation’s concept of ‘Fitness for Flight’ into question. In case the reader has just returned from a week long hike in the wilderness and missed the news headlines – on 24 March 2014[...]read more
Aerospace and Operational Physiology (AOP) has the unique challenge of bridging physiologic sciences with the operational environment. Many people think “they just work with pilots and do altitude chamber training.” While we do frequently work with pilots and other aircrew,[...]read more
BLUF: Bilberry is probably not effective in improving night vision visual acuity or contrast recognition. It recently was brought to my attention that some pilots have added bilberry to their diets and others have been willing to shell out cold hard cash[...]read more
I have been thoroughly blessed to serve as an active member of the USAF Pilot Physician Program (PPP) officially since 2008 but unofficially since 2002, when I entered pilot training as a “former flight surgeon”. Although the USAF Pilot Physician[...]read more
There exist a huge number of Laws in Physics & Chemistry. However, there are only a few that are really important in aerospace medicine. Most of these are the basic Gas Laws. Let’s review some of the most important ones.[...]read more
I recall seeing an inspiring commercial from US Navy recruiters (see below) some years ago. After showing a series of action-packed video clips, the narrator asks the provocative question: “If someone wrote a book about your life, would anyone want to[...]read more
On a recent flight in a Block 40 F-16 with our squadron’s weapons officer I was introduced to the new pilot-activated recovery system (PARS). Starting at about 20,000 feet (FL 200) we rolled inverted and started a rapid 30 degree[...]read more
In January 2014, F-22 Raptor driver and creator of TallyOne, Rob “Shotz” Burgon partnered with commercial aviator Brent Owens of iFlyBlog to create a unique podcast for aviation enthusiasts called Slipstream Radio. This past week, Slipstream Radio discusses topics relevant to aviation medicine and[...]read more
Although horrific plane crashes continue to make the headlines and the media seems to agitate the public by suggesting otherwise, traveling by air remains the safest form of transportation. Period. According to data compiled by the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents[...]read more
3 Astronauts are back to Earth, the first of 5 upcoming spacewalks in October and genomics research on board the @Space_Station. Check out @NASA weekly update #SpacetoGround. Happy #Aerospacemedicine and #Humanperformance Friday friends!
Wow, we loved this article! Strong work @Aero_Med
Evolution of Medical and Flying Careers: A lot has changed over the past 50 years in both professions.
Cardiac Arrest During Aeromedical Transport: A 5-year Retrospective Case Review. #Aeromedicalretrieval #HEMS #airambulance
Not surprising, but a reminder for the importance of wearing hearing protection. Who wants to go deaf early?!
Noise Exposure and Hearing Impairment in Air Force Pilots: Military pilots had elevated prevalence of hearing impairment. Increased flight time/year and flying fast jets associated with elevated risk of hearing deterioration. #AMHPjournal #crewhealth