For those who are drawn to the cockpit like a moth to a flame it is well known that the thrill of the experience is more than enough to outweigh what might be considered the “hazards” of that pursuit.

“One of the areas that we emphasize when we conduct our Cessna 208 Training,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas shared, “is that pilots need to be acutely aware of the special health considerations that they face - - especially if they fly frequently.”

Some of those "issues" include, but are not limited to:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis - Much like sitting in front of a computer screen all day, pilots face this "threat" if they sit for a long time without moving around.
  • Hypoxia - Inadequate supply of oxygen to the brain.
  • Hypothermia - A condition manifested by the fact that the body gets too cold.
  • Dehydration - Not enough water.
  • Fatigue/Stress - It has been found that, apparently, one of these directly affects the other.

"We feel," Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING Vice President, explained, "that one of the best ways to combat this situation is first through educating yourself to the hazards, and then educating yourself as how to avoid or prevent them."

These are pretty well known "risks", and now there is a report that says there is a new "hazard" that we need to be concerned about - - UV Rays! A study conducted by Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo, a member of the dermatology at MOUNT ZION CANCER RESEARCH CENTER at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA in San Francisco, showed that an hour of flying exposes a pilot to the same amount of UVA rays as approximately twenty minutes in a tanning bed. If we extrapolate that to flight times, a six hour flight would indicate that you would have the same amount of UVA Rays exposure as two hours in a tanning bed - - which is, well, about six times the amount of recommended exposure!

"There are several ways to directly combat this problem," Dale advised, "and, as usual, most of them can be classified as 'common sense'."

These include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Wear Sun Screen
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants

Established in 1986, TURBINE TRAINING is one of the leading cessna training centers in the country, where they feature both Initial and Recurrent Training for Cessna Caravan, Cessna 208 training; King Air 90 Training, King Air 200 Training and King Air 300 Training. If you have any questions about the process for receiving TRAINING, contact TURBINE TRAINING at 1-866-335-1224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Wolcotts and their staff would be happy to assist you in your quest for Initial Training or Recurrent Training regarding Turbine Engines - and will give you the opportunity of being on the cutting edge of training by using their simulators.

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