Many of the people we speak to on our aircraft radios are pilots and even if they are not, they understand what it means to be in a metal or plastic tube thundering through sometimes dark, turbulent and complex skies. They understand us and we understand them. We all get the idea of a standardized cockpit communication protocol; know when and when not to speak, what words and abbreviations mean and how to address various entities - clearance delivery, ground, tower, center and so on. Why do we not have a similar protocol for talking to another professional group, our doctors? Misunderstandings on aircraft radio can have profound implications and so can miscommunication about health issues, so let’s review a few of these and consider ways to mitigate risk.
2014, 04 10
The FAA announced in 2013 that aviation medical examiners would soon be able to issue a medical certificate for certain conditions that had required a special issuance. The program hasn’t been implemented yet one year after the pronouncement of “coming soon.”
2014, 04 07
Dr. Jonathan M. Sackier, Dr. Warren Silberman, and Gary Crump, RN, answer your medical aviation questions.
2014, 03 28