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Fatigue Management: Combating Fatigue

Fatigue Management: Combating Fatigue

How to reduce your risk of fatigue related incidents. Previously, we’ve talked about how to recognize the signs of fatigue, but what do you do when you notice those signs? If you missed our blog on Fatigue Management: Recognizing Fatigue, check it ou...

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Fatigue Management: Recognizing Fatigue

Fatigue Management: Recognizing Fatigue

What you need to know about recognizing fatigue. As we near the end of daylight savings time, we usually expect that the time change will throw off our sleep patterns. While fatigue is a risk all year long, it is well documented that time changes inc...

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Avoid Being Grounded by Low Back Pain

Avoid Being Grounded by Low Back Pain

Take steps now to reduce your risk of back pain later. Is hauling around flight bags causing that lower back pain that’s plagued you for a while now? It’s likely, according to a 2015 study by the Aerospace Medical Association. While it’s estimated th...

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Blinded by the light: Pilot night vision and the illusions of night flight

Blinded by the light: Pilot night vision and the illusions of night flight

How’s your night vision, and how can you improve it? IFR or VFR, your ability to maximize your vision at night is important. Even if you aren’t flying by what you see outside your window, you still need to be able to read charts and instruments well ...

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Medical Services and First Aid Training updates: CPR, AED, and first aid techniques

Medical Services and First Aid Training updates: CPR, AED, and first aid techniques

We've overhauled our Medical Services and First Aid Training subject to bring you the most updated medical recommendations for first aid. Whether in the sky or on the ground, injuries and illnesses are a fact of life. It is likely that everyone, at s...

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Keeping cool: Combating dehydration and extreme heat

Keeping cool: Combating dehydration and extreme heat

Are you dehydrated? If you think the answer is "no" just because you're not thirsty, think again. The hot summer months are peak travel times, and as we've talked about before , they carry their own share of risks for both pilots and aircraft. This w...

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Clearing the air: When allergies and medications inhibit flight safety

Clearing the air: When allergies and medications inhibit flight safety

Don't let allergies impair your decision-making abilities. Ensure you're fit to fly by cooperating with your AME to keep allergies in check. The ability to simply walk into a drug store and pick up a product that will alleviate frustrating symptoms o...

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IMSAFE: Are you fit to fly today?

IMSAFE: Are you fit to fly today?

You may be familiar with the IMSAFE checklist, but don’t forget these lesser-known factors for each letter. Every important aircraft system has checklists for normal, abnormal, and emergency operations, and as the system most integral for flight, the...

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Understanding Hypoxia: Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Understanding Hypoxia: Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Even if you don't regularly fly at high altitudes, knowing how to recognize and treat hypoxia remains a vital skill. It only takes one unwitting adventure a bit higher than intended to throw a pilot a curveball in terms of understanding how to physic...

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Cockpit stretches for pilots: Keeping fit and comfortable during flight

Cockpit stretches for pilots: Keeping fit and comfortable during flight

Even short flights can take a toll on the human body. While sitting in a chair for hours at a time may sound relaxing to some, any pilot knows how stiff and uncomfortable it can be. Even larger aircraft may offer little room to truly stretch out. Com...

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