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Diabetes mellitus, a disorder of the body’s blood sugar regulation system, is treatable. The U.S. FAA is reconsidering its regulation denying medical certification to pilots who require insulin treatment.
Cockpit Crew Members Can Overcome Common Eye Problems 4 pages. [PDF 33K]
Irregularities in the eye often hamper correct focusing, but corrective lenses can compensate for most typical eye problems.
The Human Balance System: A Refresher for Pilots 4 pages. [PDF 48K]
Understanding how the body’s position-sensing systems function is critical to safe instrument and noninstrument flight.
‘Exercise-Lite’ Enables Aviators to Reap the Benefits of Physical Activity 4 pages. [PDF 30K]
Regular sessions of aerobic exercise are still strongly recommended. But when such a program is impractical, considerable benefit can be derived from everyday activities such as bicycling, stretching, walking and even climbing stairs.
Approach and landing phases of flight accounted for the largest percentage of incidents, and low time in type correlated with a higher number of occurrences.
Pilots must also be cautious in their use of more than 300,000 over-the-counter medicines, some of which can impair a pilot’s ability to conduct flight operations safely.