Post Tagged with: "aerospace medicine"

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 […]

Andreas Lubitz, Co-Pilot of Germanwings 9525

‘Fitness for Flight’ – Mental Health & Antidepressants

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 an Airbus 320 carrying 150 passengers destined for Dusseldorf, Germany from […]

Aerospace Physiologists at work

U.S. Military Aerospace Physiology

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, many are unaware of other human factor issues on which […]

by February 26, 2015 0 comments Aerospace Medicine, Blog, Guest Post, History
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 […]

Capt (Dr) Dave Prakash

The USAF Pilot-Physician Program

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 Program was officially created in 1954, the legacy of medical […]

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” […]

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 […]