Continuing with our “High Tech” theme, one of the latest things to be developed for pilots cines from ELBIT SYSTEMS, an Israeli defense electronics firm. Known as “Canary,” the system forewarns pilots of possible loss of consciousness due to oxygen starvation or during extreme maneuvers. Pilot health concerns is important enough, even for General Aviation, that every pilot should be aware of CANARIES, PILOT HEALTH, AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“There is no doubt that if you are going to fly you need to be aware of your own physical condition,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas pointed out. “After all,” he continued, “when you are flying your health affects more than just you.”
The issue of pilot health is so important that researchers at HARVARD UNIVERSITY are conducting an anonymous pilot health study. Concentrating on effects of the cockpit environment, it will deal with such issues as noise, fatigue, radiation, air quality and more.
“One of the good things about our industry,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President at TURBINE TRAINING shared, “is the fact that we do have medical standards that are established by the FAA. They, in fact, actually issue a Medical Certificate to pilots.”
Not all “air-borne’ individuals need to have the FAA Medical Certificate. For example, glider pilots, balloon pilots and those seeking to be one of these are exempt from the Certificate regs. Too, a Sport Pilot, as long as they have no known medical conditions, also need no Medical Certificate but rather only a U.S. driver’s license.
If you are planning on becoming a pilot, however, you will want to visit the FAA website and search for an Aviation Medical Examiner near where you live. Private Pilots need at least a third-class Medical Certificate. If you are a student and are planning on eventually acquiring a Commercial License you may want to go ahead and get a first-class Medical Certificate to discover sooner rather than later if you are, in fact, healthy enough to pursue that dream.