Archivo para la categoría ‘Art√≠culos’

Deaf, blind student gets to fly plane

Jueves, 28 de junio de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

Katie Inman climbed into the cockpit of the Piper Warrior airplane and put on a thick pair of headphones. The plane roared to life and began taxiing down the runway for takeoff. With her right hand, Katie guided the nose of the plane into the air.With her left, she reached in the back seat of the four-seater plane where her interpreter, Ashley, signed instructions into her hand…


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Air traffic controllers aren’t keeping to no-doze schedule

Miércoles, 20 de junio de 2012 Twitter Sin comentarios

New regulations intended to keep air traffic controllers from dozing off on duty have been violated nearly 4,000 times, according to internal Federal Aviation Administration documents. After a controller fell asleep last year in the tower at Reagan National Airport, it emerged that such lapses were commonplace at airports across the country, and the FAA said it would act to curb the problem. There have been repeated violations of a requirement that controllers have at least nine hours off between shifts. Last year instructed the FAA to work with the union on rules to ensure that the controllers who manage 24,000-27,000 commercial flights a day to arrive at work well rested.


For reading the whole story at the Washington Post

** Air Traffic Controllers arent’t keeping to no-doze schedule

     Ashley Hasley/ 15-June-2012

Mental diseases not easy to diagnose

Physicians can’t always identify a pilot’s depression or other mental disorder during an aeromedical exam.Official accident reports atribute just a handful of crashes to a pilot’s deliberate action, citing¬† a psychosomatic¬† disorder, a suicide or some unexplained motive. Here you can read several cases .This article highlights the need of improving pilot-physician relationship in order to detects such problems, as well as some comments about new antidepressant ¬†rules in certain countries.


** Difficult Diagnosis

     Linda Welferman / Aerosafety World   May-2012

La LRO fotografía los surcos dejados en la Luna por el Rover del Apolo 15

Viernes, 16 de marzo de 2012 Ovidio Fernández Martín Sin comentarios

La sonda espacial LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) cuya misi√≥n es la exploraci√≥n lunar se encuentra en √≥rbita de servicio alrededor de la Luna desde junio de 2009 fotografiando la superficie de nuestro sat√©lite natural y recogiendo datos de la misma mediante diversos instrumentos y experimentos. Ha fotografiado los lugares donde se posaron los seis veh√≠culos Apolo que llegaron a la superficie lunar, donde qued√≥ el m√≥dulo de descenso pues, como es sabido, para ahorrar peso y, por tanto, combustible, los astronautas regresaron en el m√≥dulo de ascenso, dejando el de descenso abandonado en la Luna…..


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Indonesia Confronts Drug Use Among Pilots

Viernes, 10 de febrero de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis 1 comentario

The Indonesian airline industry has made progress toward mending its reputation – amid soaring demand – after a series of spectacular crashes in recent years drew international attention to the country’s poor safety record. Now it has a new problem to deal with: drug abuse among its pilots.¬†The police arrested a pilot from the country’s largest private airline, Lion Air, last Saturday on suspicion of possessing crystal methamphetamine, a psychostimulant that increases alertness and concentration and can create feelings of euphoria…


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Human vagal baroreflex mechanisms in space

Miércoles, 25 de enero de 2012 Ovidio Fernández Martín Sin comentarios

Aunque la funci√≥n cardio-vascular de los astronautas es normal mientras est√°n en el espacio, muchos tienen respuestas hemodin√°micas alteradas cuando regresan a la tierra, incluyendo taquicadia, hipotensi√≥n ortost√°tica e incluso s√≠ncope. El siguiente trabajo¬† -publicado el a√Īo pasado en el “Journal Of Phisiology” – y que os invitamos a leer trata de¬†demostrar como la exposici√≥n a la microgravedad aumenta las influencias simp√°ticas y disminuye las¬†vagales.



** Human vagal baroreflex mechanisms in space

J Physiol. 2010 April 1; 588(Pt 7): 1129‚Äď1138.

Dwain L Eckberg, John R Halliwill, Larry A Beightol, Troy E Brown,J Andrew Taylor, and Ross Goble.

Corresponding author D. L. Eckberg: Ekholmen, 8728 Dick Woods Road, Afton, VA 22920, USA. Email:

The Pilot Diaspora

Lunes, 7 de noviembre de 2011 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

This article published at last issue of Aerosafety Wordl October 2011 briefs the BALPA 2010 survey about pilot lifestyle. Of the many findings suggested by this research, some regarding to roster and economic factors contibuting to pilot commuting time and stress are worthwhile. More than 73% of respondents said they had felt unduly stressed at work. Over 30% took between 60 and 120 minutes to commute. The data suggest deterioration in relations betwwn pilot and manegement. Currently the pilot morale is low. Only 19% of them woulrl recommend a career in aviation to their offspring.


** The Pilot Diaspora

      Simon Bennett / AeroSafety World October 2011

¬ŅSabes…si los detectores de metal port√°tiles de aeropuertos son seguros para dispositivos card√≠acos?

Viernes, 4 de noviembre de 2011 Jose María Pérez Sastre Sin comentarios

Un grupo de investigadores en Alemania examinaron los efectos de dos tipos de¬† detectores port√°tiles de metal ampliamente utilizados¬†en aeropuertos sobre la ¬†funci√≥n del dispositivo card√≠aco en unos 390 pacientes con marcapasos o desfibriladores implantables. Cada detector se fij√≥ en el campo magn√©tico m√°s alto posible y luego pas√≥ sobre el pecho del paciente durante 30 segundos durante la monitorizaci√≥n del ECG. M√°s de 60 modelos de dispositivos card√≠acos fueron probados…


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Fighting Pilot Fatigue on Military Charter Flights

Lunes, 31 de octubre de 2011 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

Civilian pilots who transport troops put in long hours on little sleep.  Not enough military planes and pilots to transport U.S. troops means that 87 percent of personnel flown around the globe are carried by civilian charter airlines. For years, pilot unions and safety advocates have sought to reform what they call outdated work rules, particularly for charter airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a proposed rule that would reduce the number of hours pilots can fly and increase the amount of rest they get between long trips. This article highlights the fatigue as important cause of military transport  accidents


** Fighting Pilot Fatigue on Military Charter Flights

     Alan Levin / Bloomberg Bussinessweek РAir Safety 27-10-2011

Going into hospital far riskier than flying?

Lunes, 24 de octubre de 2011 Beatriz Puente Espada 1 comentario

Millions of people die each year from medical errors and infections linked to health care and going into hospital is far riskier than flying, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300, told Liam Donaldson, the WHO’s newly appointed envoy for patient safety. This compared with a risk of dying in an air crash of about 1 in 10 million passengers, according to Donaldson, formerly England’s chief medical officer…

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