Human Factors (PPL)

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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