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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

Actor Maurice Chevalier said old age is not too bad, considering the alternative—but might increasing years diminish time aloft? Can we mitigate aging’s impact? Or reach skyward when the candles cost more than the cake? These are issues worth exploring, as 25 percent of U.S. pilots holding a valid medical are older than 50.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

One translation of the book of Daniel, 12:4 states: "Many will travel everywhere, and knowledge will grow." As pilots we certainly travel and, in aviation, as in medicine, knowledge grows. But knowledge and data are different, and separating the two is critical.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

We watch David Letterman's Late Show and laugh at his top-10 list. Consider "stupid things pilots do to sabotage their medical." So, like Letterman, let's count backwards from the number 10.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

For many, "England" and "fantastic food" should never appear in the same sentence. As a native, I dispute this egregious mischaracterization—there's darn good nosh to be had in the land of my birth. Granted, steak and kidney pie isn't to everyone's liking, but I am a fan and encourage you to sample this delicacy. It tastes great and will provide new respect for humble kidneys, whether wrapped in pastry or not. As more than 10 percent of Americans harbor kidney disease, please read on about this crafty killer.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Who didn't love Superman and his alter ego, Clark Kent? Flying was my favorite superpower, followed by X-ray vision, depicted by laser beams shooting out of Superman's eyes. If you cannot see Lois Lane in peril from a hundred yards without spectacles and want to explore options, pop into an alley, pull your undies over your trousers, and zoom off to see an ophthalmic surgeon to consider laser eye correction. With advertisements proclaiming, "Perfect vision or your cash back." I thought it time to shed light on the therapy.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

"N-RUDEF, for the third time, descend and maintain three thousand." Sometimes there's too much chatter; sometimes traversing the wild blue one simply misses a call. Sometimes it's something else. I often harp about protecting your health first and dealing with your flying privileges later, but when failure to hear the harp is concerned, the two are intimately entwined. Without hearing well you will not be flying well--if at all--representing a threat to yourself and others. According to the National Institutes of Health, about one-third of folks over age 65 have some hearing loss, rising to 50 percent at 75--after heart disease and arthritis, the most common physical affliction. Given the average pilot is well over age 50, I should not have to shout to get your attention. Or maybe I do.

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Article | Dec 01, 2011

To die, to sleep; To sleep, perchance to dream -- ay, there's the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come? Having learned that his uncle had murdered his father and then married mum, Hamlet loses it and contemplates suicide, but fears dreams in death may trump those during his disturbed conventional slumber. Maybe the Prince of Denmark had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Topics Airspace

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Sleep tight…and don’t let the bedbugs bite! This old expression is said to originate from the use of ropes to support a mattress; if tight, sound repose ensued. Regardless, nobody wants bedbugs to bite. Pilots travel frequently so hotels feature prominently in our lives and bedbugs are an escalating problem. For once, as author of this column I don't just have sympathy, I have empathy; after a New York hotel layover, I was bitten by the bug. Actually, lots of bugs.

Topics Pilots

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

This column usually addresses ways for you to help yourself. Today, while the same is true, contemporaneously it provides a way for you to benefit your fellow man.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

"Mythical female warriors who excised their right breast to better draw a bow." In Greek, mazos means breast and "a" suffix equals "to be without." Although Amazons were probably Scythian, are not artistically depicted breastless, and the name derives from another source (ha-mazan "fighting together" or "manless") the former definition resonates with the dreaded word mastectomy. Willingly removing a breast inspires the question, "How can one avoid removing a breast?" By avoiding breast cancer.