The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) aviation unit this spring reached a milestone of successfully flying 25,000 accident-free medevac flights since the program began in 1969. The current NJSP fleet includes four Sikorsky S-76B aeromedical critical-care configured helicopters, which in 2002 transported 1,400 patients, conducted 70 search-and-rescue flights and performed 60 first-responder educational demonstration sessions.
Pilots considering vision-correction surgery take note: a recent study by the U.S. Navy shows that custom (also known as wavefront-guided) Lasik is better than traditional Lasik eye surgery.
Guidelines for flight crewmembers regarding severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have been published by the Centers for Disease Control. Crewmembers who are concerned that a passenger traveling from a SARS-infected area may be seriously
In the last 10 years, the odds of facing an in-flight medical emergency haven’t changed much, but thanks to the development of aviation telemedicine, the odds of surviving such an event have gone up considerably.
Doctors and pilots. Hard to find a group more at odds. Doctors, in the person of aviation medical examiners (AMEs), put aviators holding Class I medical certificates through thorough examinations every six months. Aviators view these exams as one of the stiff prices they pay for the privilege of flying for pay.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR B200, WERNADINGA STATION, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, SEPT. 4, 2000–Investigators were unable to find the cause of the pilot’s apparent hypoxia incapacitation.
On the day of AIN’s visit to Survival Systems, a group of paramedics was finishing up a two-day course on the use of emergency breathing systems–small air tanks that hold up to 30 breaths of air. Such systems are available from any dive shop for about $350.
Lantal Textiles of Langenthal, Switzerland, and Recaro Aircraft Seating of Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, have combined their respective expertise to create what Lantal describes as “an adaptable pneumatic seat cushion, passively or actively enhancing passenger comfort.” The new technology is based on the integration of the different properties of foam, support tissue and massage cushion in “one single intelligent material.” The result is a lighte
MedAire said it has become the “first in the world” ready to receive remote vital-sign medical-monitoring data from civil aircraft in flight. The company’s first subscriber for this service is British Midland Airways, which will equip all of its long-haul flights with the Tempus 2000 remote vital-sign monitor from London-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies.
In February 2002 the FAA proposed to make it clear that each person who performs a safety-sensitive function directly or by contract for an employer (“including by subcontract at any tier”) is subject to drug and alcohol testing.