Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2287 times:
There are a lot of studies over the years about how barbers tend to die young, because they work with their hands in the air so much. There is also the debate about Concorde crews and radiation.
But, are there any known or believed to be true differences in careers as pilots and flight attendants versus other occupations? I realize that a lot of other factors would be mixed in like life away from home, sleep in many different places, good/bad food availability, etc. But, I've always wondered if life in these occupations produce differences in health, longevity, etc., etc. Does anyone know if this has ever been studied?
Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2282 times:
There is lots of anecdotal evidence, and even some data to suggest that flight crews are exposed to higher than recommended levels of radiation. In many aircraft, crews are exposed to noise levels that exceed OSHA allowances. I have not heard of any long term, comprehensive study of flight crew health, though.
Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2208 times:
I had dinner last night with a medical doctor who has about a dozen long distance pilots as patients. I asked him if he sees anything different healthwise with them. He said the inability to easily leave the flight deck during very long flights might be the reason why these guys (and one woman) have an increase in kidney stones in recent years. This is just anedotal, and kidney stones are caused by a whole lot of things (salts in drinking water, high calcium diet, lack of physical exercise, too little water intake, genetics, and more...including age).
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
Without a doubt - starvation.
Used to be a good living but don't attempt it anymore without a spouse with good earnings.
For cockpit crew the need to pass a physical every six months to keep our job kept us making real efforts toward good health. This probably offset a lot of the effects we'd have otherwise suffered.
For me, a middle ear disorder no doubt aggravated by repeated altitude changes and skin cancers on the window side of my face. Also all those years of carrying a four-day bag and my flight bag mostly before "wimp wheels" came along meant that as I aged and my spine got shorter, my arms got longer. The net result is that I can still reach the same switches on the overhead.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Jetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2602 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2164 times:
In the old days pilots used to suffer from back pains brought about by having to sit for long periods on their wallets. The effects could be reduced by periodically moving the wallet from one hip pocket to the other.
The advent of credit cards, deregulation and low cost carriers has fortunately reduced the incidence of this disabling condition.
The glass isn't half empty, or half full, it's twice as big as it needs to be.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3152 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2085 times:
Well, the first wife halves it. Then the second trophy wife takes her half. Before you know it 3/4 of your income is going to allimony and child support because you're such a "rich pilot" that you're back to living in a crashpad or your car seat