The fact that an individual holds a pilot's license does not guarantee that he is a good pilot. Nor does the fact that he has managed to survive a number of years of flying. We all know pilots who have been living on borrowed time. The good pilot is well trained, familiar with his aircraft, … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Conclusion
At what age are you considered an "undependable" pilot? The natural process of aging is of more interest to you as a pilot than for most other groups because of the exacting demands on individual abilities and capacities. It is natural and expected that some physical components and sensory functions will deteriorate somewhat as you … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 18 – Age
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
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) requires that you be properly certificated and physically able to operate your aircraft competently before you are licensed to fly. Periodic physical examinations are intended not only to evaluate your general health, but to help ensure that you will not suffer a medical emergency during actual flight. It is also … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 01 – The Physical Examination for Pilots
1. Something has changed: If a change has occurred since your last airman physical, assume the FAA will show an interest. If you have to answer "yes" or report a new condition, expect questions. Anticipate the FAA's questions. Remember, they are looking at a paper record in search of conditions that might compromise aviation safety. … Continue reading Seven Essentials of Aeromedical Certification by John Hastings, M.D.
What is color blindness? The human eye relies on its 6-7 million cone cells and 100-130 million rod cells to produce normal vision. The cones?blue, green, and red?are located in the center of the retina?the part of the eye that receives images from the lens and converts them to electrical signals to send to the … Continue reading Color Vision Information for Pilots by Jeff Baggish