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Aeromedical. An Introduction. Pressure effects. Ear and sinus What is the cause? How do we correct? Toothache Gastrointestinal Scuba- requirements?. Other Aeromedical factors. Motion sickness Causes? Cure? Stress Causes? Bodily reactions? Good or Bad?.

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An Introduction

pressure effects
Pressure effects
  • Ear and sinus

What is the cause?

How do we correct?

  • Toothache
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Scuba- requirements?
other aeromedical factors
Other Aeromedical factors
  • Motion sickness



  • Stress


Bodily reactions?

Good or Bad?

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Aeromedical Ctn.
  • Fatigue

Causes- low sleep, exercise, exertion

noise, heavy cognitive activity

  • Noise- leads to fatigue, stress, and airsickness

More than 5 hours a week without ear protection= significant haring loss in a few short years (tenitis)

alcohol and drugs
Alcohol and Drugs
  • Depressants- stomach medication, (incl. motion sickness) decongestants, allergy medication,

Alcohol- most widely abused drug, and is absorbed directly into bloodstream

alcohol ctn
Alcohol ctn.
  • Absorption rate and amount determines level of impairment and is determined by:
    • % of alcohol in drink
    • consumption rate
    • food eaten
    • body mass
    • length of time spent drinking
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Alcohol ctn.
  • FAR’s require:
  • 8 hours between consumption and flying
  • .04 BAC
  • Most airlines require a 24 hour period between alcohol and flying
  • Even a .01 BAC produces imparement
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Alcohol ctn.
  • Hangover effects can last 24 hours past heavy consumption
pain killers
Pain Killers
  • Over the counter pain killers are generally O.K. (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen etc.) unless there is an allergy
  • Prescription pain killers are almost always a no-go item (ask your DME)
  • Stimulate the central nervous system
  • Examples: caffeine, nicotine, appetite suppressants, fatigue reduction (no-doz)
  • Can produce anxiety and mood swings
  • Avoid when flying!
other drugs
Other drugs
  • Drugs and herbals (antibiotics, st. john’s wart etc.) not included in the previous can produce adverse effects on flight performance so check with your DME before flying.
  • Illicit drugs- avoid altogether, airlines can trace 7 years past with hair samples
  • Get habits started early
  • Effects of delaying exercise won’t be realized immediately but years later
  • Smoking- Don’t start or quit
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Aeromedical ctn.
  • If your fitness for flight is ever in question, ground yourself- it’s required by the FAR’s