Pilot Medical Handbook - Human Factors for Successful FLying 9781560277170 ASA Human Performance and Limitations

Pilot Medical Handbook - Human Factors for Successful FLying


Essential for pilots and other aviation workers, this comprehensive guide contains a compilation of FAA and CAMI documents covering human factors for flight safety.

Being a safe pilot involves more than just checking the weather, submitting a flight plan, and performing it properly. Flying safely also requires pilots to assess their physical and mental health and to evaluate a number of situational factors.

This manual contains detailed FAA-approved recommendations for determining when a flight is "off-limits" and details that important decision, including medication, fatigue, trapped gases, vision impairment, spatial disorientation, carbon monoxide, etc.

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Being a safe pilot requires more than completing flight training and staying current. Full competency comes from the ability of a pilot to develop a keen awareness of the physiological aspects of flying, as well as those that influence workload and fatigue, decision making, and situational awareness. The Pilot Medical Handbook was compiled as a guide for study in these areas.

Pilots will learn how to determine their personal minimums in flying, evaluate the benefits confidently handle in-air situations that could quickly become emergencies, such as smoke in the cabin decompression sickness.

With the Medical Handbook for Pilots Advisory Circular (AC 67-2) long discontinued, this new handbook is the only printed resource available with a collection of applicable FAA and Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) documents, articles and reports.


Topics include:

Assessing and determining personal minimums

Medical certification questions and answers

Stress management

Information for pilots considering LASIK surgery

Visual illusions and spatial disorientation

Flying safely with passengers

And much more!


Pilots must thoroughly consider the human element and inherent physiological aspects of flight—as well as the machine and weather—if safety is to be maintained. Pilots can use the plentiful information in this handbook to help them make consistent, informed go/no-go and inflight decisions.



Publisher: ASA

Language: English

Format: Soft cover

Size: 27 cm. X 20.8 cm.

Pages: 96

ISBN: 9781560277170






1. Aeronautical Decision Making

2. Establishing Personal Minimums

3. Medications and Flying

4. Alcohol and Flying: A Deadly Combination

5. Fatigue in Aviation

6. Fitness for Flight

7. Trapped Gas

8. Hearing and Noise in Aviation

9. Altitude-Induced decompression Sickness

10. Hypoxia: The Higher You Fly….The Less Air in the Sky

11. Sunglasses for Pilots: Beyond the Image

12. Pilot Vision

13. Information for Pilots Considering Laser Eye Surgery

14. Smoke

15. Carbon Monoxide: A Deadly Menace

16. Spatial Disorientation: Visual Illusions

17. Spacial Disorientation: Why you Shouldn’t Fly By the Seat of Your Pants

18. Seatbelts and Shoulder Harnesses: Smart Protection in Small Airplanes

19. Flying with Passengers

20. Medical Certification: Questions & Answers





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