Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 16 – Fatigue

Fatigue is a general term which is difficult to define medically. Usually thought of simply as "tiredness," fatigue may be more aptly described as a depletion of body energy reserves, leading to below-par performance. Because fatigue towers your efficiency as a pilot, you should understand its causes and prevention. Fatigue falls into two broad categories: … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 16 – Fatigue

Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 15 – Motion Sickness

Although motion sickness is uncommon among experienced pilots, it does occur once in a while. If you have ever been its victim, you know how uncomfortable it is. Most important, it jeopardizes your flying efficiency-particularly in turbulent weather and in instrument conditions when peak skill is required. Student pilots are frequently surprised by an uneasiness … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 15 – Motion Sickness

Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 14 – Disorientation (Vertigo)

An archaic definition of disorientation literally meant "difficulty in facing the east." To the pilot, it more often means "Which way is up?" Disorientation, or vertigo, is actually a state of temporary spatial confusion resulting from misleading information sent to the brain by various sensory organs. The body's elaborate navigational system was superbly designed for … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 14 – Disorientation (Vertigo)

Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 13 – Cockpit Lighting

Cockpit lighting has been the subject of considerable discussion. In military aviation, red lighting was long used in the cockpit and pilots were required to wear red goggles for a certain period of time before night flight. These precautions for night adaptation were necessary because pilots who needed to spot enemy aircraft frequently flew from … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 13 – Cockpit Lighting

Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 11 – Vision

Vision, even under instrument conditions, is perhaps your single most vital faculty in flying. Yet, the best eyes in the world-with 20/20 sight, good depth perception, and well-developed color vision-can play unexpected tricks on the most experienced pilot. The eyes and brain cooperate closely to produce the sensation of sight. Illusions can arise from the … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 11 – Vision

Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 09 – Drugs and Flying

The word "drug" evokes an image in the minds of many people far different from its actual medical meaning. Because of current concern over drug abuse, the term "drug" is often interpreted to mean marijuana, heroin, LSD, barbiturates, or amphetamines. Actually, a drug is any chemical compound administered to produce a specific effect on the … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 09 – Drugs and Flying