HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Older pilots OK to fly, study shows

An airplane pilot's experience is a better indication of crash risk than his or her age, Johns Hopkins researchers say.

They found in a study of 3,306 commuter plane pilots that those with more than 5,000 hours of flight experience had less than half the risk of a crash than less experienced counterparts. Results are published in the May 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

During the study period, the pilots flew 12.9 million flight hours and had 66 aviation crashes, yielding a crash rate of 5.1 per million pilot flight hours. Crash risk remained stable as the pilots aged from their late 40s to late 50s. One hundred and five study subjects died, 27 of whom were fatally injured in aviation crashes.

"Federal aviation regulations prohibit airline pilots from flying beyond the age of 60, but the relationship between pilot age and safety had never been rigorously assessed," says Guohua Li, M.D., Dr.P.H., lead author of the study and professor of emergency medicine and of health policy and management. "Performance in most flight-related tasks such as decision-making, tracking, takeoff and landing does not differ significantly between older and younger pilots. The lack of an association between pilot age and crash risk may reflect a strong healthy worker effect' from the rigorous medical standards and periodic physical examinations required for professional pilots."

Among the pilots studied by Li and colleagues, 99 percent were male and 69 percent were ages 45 to 49. On average, the pilots had 9,749 hours of total flight time and 287 flight hours in the six months prior to the start of the study. The majority of pilots (86 percent) did not have any health problems although 68 percent required corrective lenses for distant or near vision.

Researchers tracked their exposure to flight and safety performance from 1987 to 1997, using records from the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Saf
'"/>

Contact: Karen Blum
kblum@jhmi.edu
410-955-1534
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
22-May-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Audience pick: Older violin, sweeter music?
2. Older drug could have exciting new role in treating colorectal cancer
3. Older adults can exercise just once a week to maintain muscle strength
4. Older fathers more likely to have children with schizophrenia
5. Older fathers substantially raise the risk of having children with schizophrenia
6. Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase Risk Of Hip Fracture In Older Women
7. PSA Levels Mean More Extensive Prostate Disease In Older Men
8. Florida Or Bust? Older Lab Rats Seek Heat To Fight Infection, UD Researchers Report
9. American Heart Association Comment: Sodium Reduction And Weight Loss In The Treatment Of Hypertension In Older Persons
10. Long-Term Vitamin C Use Cuts Cataract Risk In Older Women
11. ORNL material could help pilots keep their cool

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Older pilots fly study shows

(Date:10/14/2014)... scientists led by researchers at the University of ... Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) have identified ... bipolar (manic depressive) disorder, a breakthrough that could ... disorder, as well as depression and other related ... this week in Nature Molecular Psychiatry , ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... between 10 and 20 years to develop, providing ... intervention if detected early, which may be possible ... clinical researchers. , Dr Jeremy Humphris and ... Medical Research, analysed medical histories and tumour samples ... patients, operated on between 1994 and 20122. Roughly ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... from Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered a ... the activation of muscle stem cells. Cells use autophagy ... times of nutrient deprivation. The scientists report in ... is operational it also seems to assist in the ... stem cells emerge from a quiescent state there is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder 2Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder 3Early detection window when pancreatic cancer is in the family 2Autophagy helps fast track stem cell activation 2
(Date:10/18/2014)... 18, 2014 The Asian Electronic Medical Record ... Asian with analysis and forecast of revenue. The electronic medical ... to $2,328.0 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 9.4% ... the Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market, to get an ... glimpse of the segmentation of the market in the same ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... According to a new market research report “Hydraulic Fracturing ... & Forecasts up till 2017”, hydraulic fracturing market will ... is expected to increase from $40 billion in 2012 ... the same period. North America is expected to lead ... hydraulic horse power supplied by the year 2011. , ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... (PRWEB) October 18, 2014 The ... Stress, Holter Monitor), by End-user (Hospitals, Home/Ambulatory, Research ... (Single, 3-6, 12) -Global Forecast to 2020” provides ... challenges, opportunities, current market trends, and strategies impacting ... estimates and forecasts of the revenue and share ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real ... including a new class of mirror that works like ... Optical Society,s (OSA) new high-impact journal Optica ... a new type of mirror that forgoes a familiar ... using an unusual magnetic property of a non-metallic metamaterial. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 4The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 5Hydraulic Fracturing Market Projected To Reach $64 Billion by 2017 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Hydraulic Fracturing Market Projected To Reach $64 Billion by 2017 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Hydraulic Fracturing Market Projected To Reach $64 Billion by 2017 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4The Electrocardiograph (ECG) Market Is Expected to Reach $5,435 Million By 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2The Electrocardiograph (ECG) Market Is Expected to Reach $5,435 Million By 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3The Electrocardiograph (ECG) Market Is Expected to Reach $5,435 Million By 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4The Electrocardiograph (ECG) Market Is Expected to Reach $5,435 Million By 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 5Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways 2Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways 3Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways 4
Cached News: