Ionizing radiation

October 20, 2014 - 11:25am

Fifty-four percent of ultraviolet radiation will penetrate most aircraft windshields, according to Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a spokeswoman for the New York City-based Skin Cancer Foundation. Hale offered this insight along with a number of others to create awareness about the dangers of cancer to cockpit flight crews.

Sunscreen is a must, even in the air,” Hale said in a foundation news release. “It’s critical that pilots adequately protect their exposed skin, including hands and faces, with at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.”

June 9, 2014 - 12:40pm

The FAA’s updated Advisory Circular AC 120-61B provides information to help air carriers augment–but not alter or amend–existing programs to inform crew members about radiation exposure. The AC explains the differences between the natural sources of radiation in the atmosphere as well as the average annual exposure a human experiences from those sources.

July 28, 2011 - 1:40pm

Aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs) can now remain on while radiation checks are conducted on aircraft entering the country, as long as the exhaust vents for those units are eight feet above the ground or higher. NBAA said the shutdown requirement emerged when Customs agents began screening all aircraft arriving in the U.S. using radiation isotope identifier devices, causing “significant ground delays.”

March 28, 2008 - 10:51am

Flight services provider Arinc has added an automatic radiation calculating feature to its Arinc Direct flight solution package. Portfolio subscribers will be able to use the feature free of charge to track the potential radiation exposure of their flight crews.

September 27, 2006 - 10:52am

In an age of global travel, pure water that is free of microorganisms is a major concern. With that in mind, Indianapolis Jet Center of Whitestown, Ind., has become the exclusive provider of the IJC-2 ultraviolet water disinfection system from the American Ultraviolet Company.

 
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