10.16 Decompression Sickness

Related Syllabus Items 10.16.2 Define decompression sickness. 10.16.4 Explain the causes of decompression sickness. 10.16.6 Describe the symptoms of decompression sickness 10.16.8 Explain how decompression

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Ageing Pilots

With age, cognitive functions especially related to memory can reduce. High currency with flying (at least 2 – 3 hours per month) and continued training

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Airmanship – Having a plan for every “What if?”. Knowing the limitation of yourself and your aircraft. Awareness of the big picture. Comfortable in the

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Black Hole Approaches

When flying at night, if the runway or surrounding lights start to disappear during the approach. You are likely descending into high terrain between the

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Decision Making

A series of escalating poor decisions and/or a combination of unfamiliar conditions is a typical formula for accidents. Accidents can be avoided by: Setting personal

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Decompression Sickness

Decompression Sickness – The nitrogen contained in the air we breathe dissolves into our blood, if the pressure surrounding us reduces too rapidly this nitrogen

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Effects of Hypoxia

When rapidly decompressed, air can fog up as the air’s moisture condensates. Hypoxia – Normal Functions quickly become difficult as blood oxygen saturation drops. Euphoria,

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Fatigue Management

Fatigue increases error rate. Decreases performance. Alters decision making. Less then 5 hours of sleep doubles chance of consequential errors. 16+ hours being awake has

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Fit to Fly

Illness – Any medical issues Medication – Medication approved for aviation Stress – Any distracting stress? In a safe mental state Alcohol – Have you

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