Migraine and Flying

  • P. J. O’Connor


Pilots are used to control aircraft because the human brain can interpret and respond appropriately to a wider range of signals than a computer of comparable size and availability. Fitness for aircrew duties equates to being able to interpret signals and respond appropriately and for this the pilot needs three things:
  1. 1.

    He must know his position in space; for this he requires an adequate sensory input—good sight, hearing, balance, muscle sense, etc.

  2. 2.

    He must be able to decide the safest course to bring his aircraft to its goal; for this he needs the mental capacity to make decisions, and the will to carry them out.

  3. 3.

    He must have the physical capacity to carry out the course of action decided upon to bring his aircraft safely to its goal.



Peripheral Vision Sinus Headache Crew Duty Mild Migraine Flying Career 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1971

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