Simple Media Information

Aerotoxic Syndrome is often described by industry as a ‘complicated issue’ to understand, yet simple facts are agreed: Whilst it is accepted that aircrew health is affected to a greater degree due to repeated exposures to toxic air, passengers can also suffer the same ill health effects. (Read a passenger testimony here) Illness can occur…

AIRBUS; ABSURD; AIRBUSURD?

At a press conference on 17th July 2014 at the Farnborough Air Show, John Leahy – Chief Operating Officer of Airbus Customers was asked by a prematurely medically grounded airline pilot Captain Tristan Loraine (Co-Chair of Global Cabin Air Quality Executive): Captain Tristan Loraine (GCAQE): “John you mentioned the Boeing 787, which obviously being bleed-free…

Opposing views on Organophosphates

There are two polar opposite views as to whether exposure to organophosphate (OP) chemicals are dangerous to humans (New medical students are taught the dangers of OP’s, but not that OP’s are in common use, such as in jet engine oil). The first view is that OPs are dangerous and cause serious ill health. This…

Scientific Misconduct

Scientific Misconduct – Crucial Data is still unpublished May 2014 marks the third anniversary of the publication of the Cranfield University report into Cabin Air Quality (CAQ). The background is that in 1955, nearly sixty years ago, scientists published a paper which linked exposure to toxic oil fumes in a confined space with the cause…

Time to Clear the Air

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 April issue of Flight International Cabin air contamination by engine oil fumes is an issue that will continue to hang around – like the bad smell it is – until the airline industry confronts it. A new challenge to the industry’s inertia on this issue begins…

Science is usually political

One of the biggest misconceptions about the scientific method is that it consists of either clear indisputable facts on the one hand, contrasted with a faith-based or descriptive approach on the other. In business, people who gather data like to present their measurements as ‘hard’, and describe narrative information as ‘soft’ – and by implication,…