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Fitness and Preformance in Aviation Safety

March 23, 2016 | Author: | Posted in aviation, technology

Running head :Role of Physical fitness and Performance in Aviation safety Abstract

Aviation safety largely depends upon the Pilots , and Air Traffic Controllers ‘ physical , psychological fitness which decide their performance while on duty . Besides improved aircraft design and simulators applied in training enhance performance of the personnel concerned . Pilot have duty of care to the passengers and it is a legal requirement . Pilots and Air Traffic controllers have to be continually monitored and remedial actions must be taken promptly Introduction

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br besides the airworthiness of the aircraft . Working conditions in aviation career being life-threatening call for great mental alertness and physical and mental fitness . Aviation includes civil aviation and military aviation . Both are equally stressful . If it is military , having to work in remote areas with minimal medical help will be the norm . In both the cases , working hours can be erratic and extended shifts . The personnel are also easily exposed to contagious diseases . As such physical and mental alertness in aviation need not be over emphasized

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The conditions that may be either impairments or diseases mentioned under each category are considered disqualifications for individuals working in an aviation environment (See appendix 1 ) The aviation personnel are expected to perform duties and provide services concerning aviation safety in relation to their vocation degree , qualifications license and rating . They are generally flight crew members responsible for aircraft operation during flights , technical personnel for aircraft maintenance , repair and modification , air traffic controllers , flight dispatchers responsible for flight conditions and flight preparations parachutists , cabin crew members other than flight crew , meteorological personnel , personnel responsible for preparation of charts , procedures to ensure optimal traffic flow and permitting over flights , regular flights and ground duty staff to handle aircraft , passengers , baggage cargo and mail

Most important of all are the pilots who have duty of care to the accompanying crew personnel , passengers , other airspace users and general public that is rather a legal requirement as well

Aircraft flying is a psychomotor skill acquired by application of theoretical knowledge during training . Individuals with specific aptitudes with constant practice of psychomotor skills can only maintain competence in the flying environment . Fitness arises out of harmonization of physiological , psychological and emotional aspects for a pilot . Flight safety is dependent on co-coordinated actions of all those involved like meteorological forecasting and flight planning personnel and regulatory authorities apart from the pilot without the inevitable conflicts between them . Hence it is imperative to understand the limitations on human performance and its influence on flight safety This calls for study of aviation physiology , aviation psychology and health maintenance (Campbell R .D , Bagshaw M . A competent pilot needs to have a well-developed psychomotor proficiency , a pre-requisite to acquire a good handling skills . The following concepts have emerged as human factors in flying training . They are attitude development , stress management , risk management , flight deck management , crew co-ordination and psychomotor skills with the objective of achieving zero human error .Aviation physiology

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