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Decompression Illness Following Explosive Cabin Depressurization

Decompression illness (DCI) is not just a scuba diving phenomenon. It can also be seen in aviation following a high‐altitude cabin depressurization. DCI occurs when there is a sudden lowering…

Posted on May 30, 2019
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Are You Prepared When Traveling With Children Onboard?

A recent article in Travel + Leisure provided interesting statistics about how many children are flying on private flights. As many as 15-25% of flights from large charter companies have…

Posted on November 9, 2018
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Slow Onset Hypoxia Represents the Highest Risk of Fatality: Part 2

The current training standards for rapid or explosive cabin depressurization have served the commercial aviation industry well. Over the last 15 years, there have been numerous high altitude rapid decompression…

Posted on June 1, 2018
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CPR/AED Training: Frequent Refreshers are Critical

TELL ME AND I FORGET, TEACH ME AND I MAY REMEMBER, INVOLVE ME AND I LEARN.” – BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. If someone collapsed in front of you in cardiac arrest, would…

Posted on May 3, 2018
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Fruit Flies, Circadian Rhythms, and Fatigue Risk Management

Recently, it was announced that this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three scientists for their research on biological clocks and 24-hour circadian rhythms. Although their experiments were…

Posted on October 5, 2017
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Why is it ALWAYS the Pilot’s Fault?

Read any given NTSB accident investigation and you will find that the pilot is at least partially responsible for the accident. If it is not the pilot’s stick and rudder…

Posted on August 7, 2017
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Crew Resource Management: Two Critical Mask Donning Checklist Items

Following a cabin depressurization, the successful donning of a mask should be added to the emergency protocol. Incorporating these two key steps into the emergency descent procedure could further reduce…

Posted on July 11, 2017
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Fatigue Risk Management – Valuable for Safety, Good for Business

Aviation has embraced a safety culture and a desire to mitigate risk on a continual basis. In 2016, IS-BAO added a dedicated chapter for fatigue risk management. This formalization reflects…

Posted on May 4, 2017
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Medical Advisory: Safe Sleeping, Best Seats and More Safety Tips for Air Travel with Children

Let’s face it, traveling with children can be stressful. Whether on a commercial aircraft or a private flight, one of the most challenging times is when a child becomes unwell…

Posted on May 3, 2017