Pilot Performance

CACI or Khakii?

What is a CACI Condition?

Pilots and other aircrew must maintain strict medical standards to be considered fit & healthy to fly airplanes & passengers. Check out this previous post for a full history and explanation on Aeromedical Standards. The FAA has created a useful way for individual Aviation Medical Examiners (AME) to issue a […]

COVID-19 Vaccine

Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

I received my second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a little over a week ago. That’s great news for me as it means I’m essentially immune to the deadly virus that has been crushing the health, finances, and overall well-being of our entire planet for almost a year. Aside […]

Important Dates: FAA Certificate Extensions for COVID19

Important Dates: FAA Certificate Extensions for COVID19

Some important dates are approaching and both pilots and AME’s need to be aware. Due to the COVID19 pandemic and challenges accessing medical care, the FAA has modified the standard medical certification process. Within the larger FAA COVID-related regulatory relief policy, there exists a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR 118-1) that […]

Battle Ready

(Another) ER Doctor’s Ramblings on Coronavirus

INITIAL RAMBLINGS – My position on the pandemic continues to evolve…daily –  Know Thyself: I was slow to take this seriously. I have high-risk tolerance. I’m an intrinsic optimist. I am not an alarmist. As consequence, I rarely over-react. But, I do occasionally ‘under-react’. I still thought I’d be going […]

Get stronger. Be Better. And Stay Classy.

Phiz Biz: Aug & Sep – Exercise & Fitness Pearls

Here are the Aug & Sep newsletters from our friends at the USAF Aerospace & Operational Physiology Team at Peterson AFB in CO.     Click below for PDF’s 8. August 2018 High vs Low Impact Sports 9. September 2018 Warm up        

AOPT

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 this day.  The monthly articles are currently being written by SSgt […]

Pilot Education: LASER Exposure & Eye Injury

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 […]

Clearing Your Ears

Clearing Your Ears

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. [For a full discussion on the Gas Laws that apply […]

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 […]

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 […]