tno From Netherlands, joined Apr 2011, 1 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 1533 times:
Are there any pilots, instructors, clinical specialists or any other experienced practitioners who have experience with airsickness of student pilots during flight training, and treatment methods? I am working on a feasibility study about this subject and I would like to know more about specifically:
1. Occurrence of airsickness & drop-outs in various global regions (notable Germany, UK, Turkey, China, Brazil and USA)
2. Existence of treatment facilities and methods in these regions
2. Any experience with this occurrence, and with the treatment facilities.
3. How local flight schools and authorities handle this topic.
copter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1604 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1349 times:
I've never done a study on this, but what has worked reasonably well for me--both as a CFI and in the 2 or 3 occasions where I felt a bit queasy myself--is to distract them by keeping them busy. If they are not flying, give them the controls and load them up with enough tasks to keep them busy. This needs to be done at the first indication that they are uncomfortable.
There are several medicatons that may help, but they are of little value if not taken BEFORE they are needed.
Probably the most important thing is communication--talk about it before and during the flight. Make sure the student communicates discomfort with the first symptoms--AND make sure you have a suitable air-sickness bag handy in case it is needed!