1 in 8 airline pilots may be clinically depressed – Fox News – 15.12.16

Hundreds of commercial airline pilots worldwide may be flying with untreated depression because they fear being grounded or losing their jobs, a new survey suggests. The anonymous survey of about 1,850 pilots from more than 50 countries found that 14 percent of pilots who had worked within the past week had symptoms of depression. Four…

Pilots keep depression and suicidal thoughts under ‘veil of secrecy’ – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – 15.12.16

Depression and suicidal thoughts among the world’s airline pilots are being hidden behind a “veil of secrecy”, according to new research. An anonymous survey of 1,848 pilots from more than 50 countries suggests that 12.6% meet the criteria for clinical depression. At some point in the preceding fortnight, 75 pilots said they had experienced suicidal…

Airline pilot wins major legal victory on fatigue – BALPA – 13.12.16

Release date: 13/12/2016 An airline captain and member of the British Airline Pilots’ Association has accepted an apology from an airline after being sanctioned for refusing to fly due to fatigue, as well as assurances that the company remains committed to passenger safety. Captain Mike Simkins was suspended by Thomas Cook Airlines for six months…

Airbus identifies Maintenance Procedures as cause of Contaminated Cabin Air – Av Herald – 13.12.16

Airbus released an extensive report about their investigation and conclusions with respect to contaminated cabin air and its causes in their in house magazine FAST (Flight Airworthiness Support Technology) Issue #52 released in August 2013, pages 4 to 9. A check amongst the aviation industry showed, that the publication remained largely unknown in the industry.…

Boeing is making a major change to its planes that could end jet lag as we know it. Business Insider – 10.9.16

During the development of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing encountered countless engineering hurdles. One of which was the decision to build much of the plane out of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics and other composite materials instead of the aluminum most commonly used on commercial airliners. While the engineering of the composite airframe may have been a challenge,…

Aerotoxic Syndrome: Why You Get Sick While Flying And How To Protect Yourself – Honey Colony – 10.12.16

Pan pan pan — fumes aboard Aerotoxic syndrome is no joke. Imagine standing in front of a fan while someone opens a bottle of motor oil and forces you to inhale the fumes. This is the situation airline passengers face every day when they inhale engine oil mixed with recycled air thanks to faulty engine…

35 secrets of the airline industry # 28 of 35 – AIRLINES ARE GETTING SUED FOR AEROTOXIC SYNDROME – MSN Money – 10.12.16

AIRLINES ARE GETTING SUED FOR AEROTOXIC SYNDROME It’s not unusual to complain of a cold after flying but in 2015, aviation’s Unite trade union launched legal action on behalf of 60 cabin crew over the deleterious effects of ‘fume events’, causing sickness. Some frequent flyers are also claiming to have been affected. Click here for…

BALPA – latest position on Cabin Air Quality – 5th December 2016

Cabin Air Quality  Background On most commercial aircraft the cabin air is supplied by the compressor stage of the aircraft jet engines or auxiliary power unit. Compression of the air leads to the air being heated and under abnormal conditions, such as failure of an oil seal, any oils or greases this air comes into…

The Latest Must Have Accessory When Flying – And This One Could Save Your Life – SWNS.com – 8.12.16

Recent publicity about ‘fume events’ on commercial air flights is again raising the issues of these potentially fatal inflight incidents. A new film is being released today that casts doubt on the safety of commercial aircraft, a subject that Norwich based Aerotoxic Association has been lobbying since 2007. ‘A Dark Reflection’ is a movie about…