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)

Oxygen Irregularities

Both pilots and controllers are educated to recognize the effects of oxygen deprivation and hypoxia. This training can be vital in safely resolving oxygen-related pilot incapacitation. Several ASRS reports illustrate: While at FL250 on an IFR flight plan, my oxygen line became disconnected from the regulator. I could hear the oxygen escaping and thought the … Continue reading Oxygen Irregularities

Code/A Alert

NASA CALLBACK REPORT: A pilot reported that he used GPS successfully to navigate to a distant point on an IFR flight plan ? but ran afoul of the FARs in the process: IFR flight plan filed on airways [with] equipment Code/A. Aircraft equipped with 2 VFR GPS units, with current database. Requested and received vectors … Continue reading Code/A Alert