Articles by: Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Bilberries

Does Bilberry Extract Improve Night Vision in Pilots?

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 on bilberry extracts or leaves in pill form.  Why? For […]

DiCaprio's 1960's PanAm

The Golden Age

On a recent domestic flight with Delta Airlines departing the busy Chicago O’Hare International Airport, I had an unexpected, but enjoyable experience.  Awaiting takeoff near the back of the Boeing 737’s coach seating, I heard an announcement from the front of the aircraft.  I looked up to see a man with salt and peppered hair wearing a pristine pilot’s […]

by February 2, 2015 0 comments Blog, History
The Ideal Gas Law

Gas Laws in Aerospace Physiology

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.         Ideal Gas Law  PV = nRT […]

Dr Story Musgrave – Physician, Pilot, Astronaut

Dr Story Musgrave – Physician, Pilot, Astronaut

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 it?” When I first learned about Dr Story Musgrave and […]

F-16D, GCAT Testing

Ground Collision Avoidance Technology

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 nose-low dive.  The pilot pressed a button initiating the PARS.  Immediately the […]

Slipstream Radio

Aviation Podcast “Slipstream Radio” Features GFM

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 featured GoFlightMedicine during an interview with GFM creator, Rocky “Apollo” […]

Wilderness First Aid

Fellowships in Wilderness Medicine

The niche medical specialty known as Wilderness Medicine is not officially a subset of Aerospace Medicine, but similarities abound.  Both medical disciplines focus on normal healthy patients in abnormal environments.  Both fields have to consider unique medical conditions that affect individuals only in the most austere or extreme environments. Because wilderness medicine […]

by November 28, 2014 2 comments Blog, Wilderness Medicine
The Swiss Cheese Model

Investigating Pilot Error in Plane Crashes: A Human Factors Analysis

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 Archive, there were 265 fatalities during air travel in 2013 […]

Jay Flottman, USAF Pilot & Flight Surgeon

Why do Flight Surgeons Fly?

In the United States, Flight Surgeon is the title used by the military (and NASA) to designate a medical doctor who has completed specialized training in aerospace medicine and has been awarded an aeronautical rating.  This contrasts with the term Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) used by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).  AME’s lack the flying requirement that flight […]

Ebola Virus in the USA

Ebola Guidance for Healthcare Workers (HCW’s)

Ebola has come to the United States!  First, an imported case from Africa and now two cases  transmitted within the country.  Making things worse, the first home-grown Ebola is a nurse named Nina Pham who willingly cared for a contagious and sick patient under constant threat of infection by the virus herself.  The second case […]

by October 14, 2014 1 comment Blog