You may have seen the ad featuring a picture of a stereotypical pilot in cool sunglasses and touting: “Fighter Pilot Requirements: Lightning Reflexes, Nerves of Steel, 20/20 Vision. Lasik. We’ve got the vision part covered.” For professional pilots whose vision is correctable to 20/20 with contacts or glasses, ads like this may tempt them to want to toss their glasses or contacts out the window.
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“Grab your fast food and join us for lunch” was how the invitation opened. Personnel from the ATC center at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in, Windsor Locks, Conn., conducted a noon seminar on September 4, sponsored by Signature Flight Support and the New England Air Museum, where it was held.
Edinburgh, Scotland-based The First Call offers “first-person-on-the-scene training” for aircraft crews, and it also advises on equipment specification and selection. Through its team of accident and emergency specialists at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, it also provides on-call medical advice and support via satcom or HF/VHF radio.
The acquisition costs of the three diagnostic systems assessed above vary markedly, but what is the annual cost of ownership to operators? To calculate this, AIN assumed a three-year amortization of the purchase price for the VitalLink and Tempus systems (EMS-Link is leased).
For around $10,000 per year, aircraft operators can now fly with diagnostic equipment that will allow them to relay vital medical data to ground-based emergency support physicians. The application of the equipment on air- craft is too new yet to have generated firm evidence on the extent to which it can save lives, but early indications are that in many cases it will make an important contribution to the effectiveness of in-flight treatment.
As all lawyers know, the letter and the spirit of regulations are two very different things. FAR Part 67 outlines the medical requirements for first-, second- and third-class medicals. The JAA’s JARs (Joint Aviation Requirements) resemble Part 67 in many ways, with the major difference a tighter focus on the specifics of the airman’s physical.
A growing number of aviation medical professionals are questioning pilots’ reliance on their required annual (or, in the case of first-class medicals, six-monthly) medical examinations as their primary source of personal health monitoring.
OK, so we all know that no one ever does anything more than talk about the weather. But the folks at the National Weather Service’s aviation branch are doing their best to make sure that when they do talk about the aviation climate, at least the dialogue is as accurate as possible.
American International Aviation Corp., one of NBAA’s oldest members, celebrated 50 years of operations, all accident free, at a dinner held in the company’s hangar at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on September 18.
Knowing what factors contribute to accidents permits operational changes to be made to reduce future risk, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, which is encouraging the use of flight-data monitoring (FDM) to make safety-management systems “more effective than traditional means of audit or inspection.” CAA safety regulator James Lyons said, “Repeatable and independent” FDM analysis allows active monitoring and auditing to improve regul