AVweb continues its coverage of EAA AirVenture 1998 ... . More
Most of us who fly unpressurized aircraft at altitudes of 18,000 feet and above don't have a full understanding of the significant medical risks involved and or precautionary measures we should take. The following lecture by two researchers at the FAA Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI) and transcribed by AVweb medical consultant Brent Blue is by far the best discussion of this subject we've seen. It is "must" reading for anyone who flies at the flight levels. More
In October 1996 at New York's LaGuardia airport, a Delta MD-88 (Flight 554) clipped an approach light tower, slammed onto the runway and skidded nearly into Flushing Bay. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the captains use of so-called "monovision" contact lenses which correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for close-up vision. Dr. Brent Blue, a Senior AME and AVweb's chief aeromedical consultant, thinks the NTSB's conclusion is nonsense, as does Dr. Robert Liddell, past director of aviation medicine in Australia. Nevertheless, the FAA's official position is that pilots may not use "monovision" contacts. Dr. Bryan Angle expresses an opposing view that supports the NTSB findings, while opthalmologist/AME Neil Murray says the NTSB was on the wrong track. More
Corrective eye surgery for pilots has become routine. The FAA says it's okay and it's relatively low risk. More
Its lasting technical import is less impressive than the indelible inspiration of doing something this challenging and putting it out there for the world to see. In real time. More
Allen Macbean of American Fork, Utah serves up our latest "Picture of the Week." Click through for a better look and for more breath-taking reader-submitted photos.