Human Factors

These are the Human Factors news bulletins issued by Flight Safety Foundation during 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

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September-october 2005
Regular Screening, Prompt Treatment Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer.Although this typically slow-growing cancer is among the leading causes of cancer death in developed countries, if detected early, it often can be excised before it spreads. In most cases, there is no recurrence of the disease. For pilots, treatment often requires minimal absence from work.
July-August 2005
Memory Lapses Usually Do Not Signal Serious Medical Problems. Researchers — including some who have studied pilot behavior — have measured age-related declines in performance of some memory tasks. They describe these declines as normal developments in the aging process, and they recommend techniques to help lessen memory loss.
May-June 2005
Aeromedical Specialists Caution Against Side Effects of Herbs Used for Medicinal Purposes. As the worldwide market for these products increases, civil aviation authorities say that pilots should discuss their use with private physicians and aviation medical examiners.
March-April 2005
Increased Reliance on Automation May Weaken Pilots’ Skills for Managing System Failures . A report issued by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority says that pilots are not receiving adequate training in the use of automated systems, including when and how to interrupt an automated process with manual inputs.
January-February 2005
Diabetes Presents Pilots With Range of Risks.Diabetes can lead to heart disease, nerve damage and related problems that may endanger medical certification. Nevertheless, if diabetes is diagnosed early and is controlled, pilots can continue their flying careers.


November-December 2004
Australian Survey Finds Pilot Confidence in Workplace Safety Climate,The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on the survey said that improvements in the safety climate could enhance a safety record that already has benefited from technical solutions to problems that caused accidents and incidents.
September-October 2004
Peptic ulcer disease is one of the most common ailments involving the upper gastrointestinal tract. In most cases, however, the bacteria that cause the ulcers can be treated and eliminated.
July-August 2004
Knee injuries diseases such as arthritis of the knee are common. Treatments may be as simole as resting or modifying exercise routines or as complex as a surgical replacement of the knee.
May-June 2004
Crews who have been treated for the coronary artery — either with medication, surgery or other medical procedures — often regain medical certification and continue their flying careers.
March-April 2004
Pilots (and others exposed to some types of flickering lights) may have reactions ranging from mild discomfort to seizures and unconsciousness. Nevertheless, they often fail to recognize the problem as flicker vertigo.
January-February 2004
Without treatment, the repeated awakenings caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can result not only in daytime sleepiness but also in depression, irritability and memory problems. OSA also may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.


November-December 2003
Early Diagnosis, Treatment of Glaucoma Can Limit Vision Loss
September-October 2003
On the Flight Deck, Lighting must Satisfy a variety of needs
July-August 2003
Hepatitis Can Disrupt Pilots’ Careers, Present Long-term Health Risks
May-June 2003
Arrhythmias Present Pilots With Range of Risks
March-April 2003
Awareness, Routine Medical Screening Can Minimize Breast Cancer Risks
January-February 2003
Compliance With Safety Practices Is Best Method of Avoiding Eye Injuries


November-December 2002
Migraines, Other Severe Headaches Hinder Pilot Performance
September-October 2002
Acupuncture Helps in Treating Medical Problems
July-August 2002
For Pilots, Sunglasses Are Essential in Vision Protection
May-June 2002
Aviation Medical Examinations May Not Be Adequate to Ensure All-around Good Health
March-April 2002
JAA Adopts Requirements for Assessing Aircrew Exposure to Cosmic Radiation
January-February 2002
Anthrax Threats Present Unique Challenges for Airline Crewmembers

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November-December 2001
Laser-light Displays, Laser Pointers Disrupt Crewmember Vision
September-October 2001
Laser-light Displays, Laser Pointers Disrupt Crewmember Vision
July-August 2001
Dehydration Presents Unique Risks for Pilots
May-June 2001
Elevated Cholesterol Levels Present Major Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
March-April 2001
Sedentary Lifestyles and High-fat, High-calorie Diets Blamed for Worldwide Increases in Overweight, Obesity
January-February 2001
Regulations Allow Pilots With Depression To Fly After Successful Treatment

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