Articles by: Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

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
1977 Tenerife Disaster

KLM-Panam Tenerife Disaster

The Boeing 747 was first introduced in 1970 by Panam Airlines. The 747 was the first aircraft to earn the moniker ‘Jumbo Jet’, which has now become synonymous with all large passenger aircraft.  Even after more than 3 decades, this incredible double-decker aircraft remains one of the largest in the fleet today. […]

Sec Def Chuck Hagel

Military Health Systems Final Report Released

This is boring, but important news in military health.  The final report for the 90-day review that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for in July 2014 was released on 1 October 2014.  This request by Hagel is thought to have been a reaction to the recent Veteran Affairs (not […]

by October 4, 2014 0 comments Blog
Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements in Aircrew

“Ok, I got this nailed- Vitamin M, dip, coffee, Jack & Coke.  That’s what makes a fighter pilot” ~ Anonymous Fighter Pilot Although this may be the typical formula that fighter pilots from decades past relied on for optimal performance, the modern combat aviator tends to take a much more sophisticated […]

Miss Massachusetts' Incentive Flight

Incentive & Familiarization Flights in Military Fighter Jets

Many times large number of incentive and familiarization flights are offered to maintenance and operational support personnel during temporary duty (TDY) deployments.  Flight surgeons play a crucial role in this process educating and medically clearing potential candidates.  In this setting, the flight surgeon may be without their standard materials, computer, […]