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Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:32 am

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?
 
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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:51 am

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.
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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:43 am

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 1):
There is lots of anecdotal evidence, and even some data to suggest that flight crews are exposed to higher than recommended levels of radiation

Had a friend who flew AWACS on exchange in OK City, all the crew members who had kids almost all were daughters, they blamed it on the 'Big Dish'. He blew that theory out of the water and had a son.

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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:57 pm

Quoting Jcavinato (Thread starter):
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

Whats this.

Quoting Jcavinato (Thread starter):
I've always wondered if life in these occupations produce differences in health, longevity, etc., etc.

Night duties does reduce the life span.

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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:41 pm

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).
 
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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:03 am

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.
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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:08 am

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.
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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:05 am

Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 6):
The advent of credit cards, deregulation and low cost carriers has fortunately reduced the incidence of this disabling condition.

Which is one of two reasons the A-380 does not have the big hump where the pilots sit.

The other is that no US-flag carriers are going to buy them anyway.
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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:31 am

Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 6):
In the old days pilots used to suffer from back pains brought about by having to sit for long periods on their wallets.

This is only a problem if you have a very thick wallet. Fewer and fewer pilots suffer from this problem today.
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RE: Flight Crew Occupations' Health Differences

Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:20 pm

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  Smile
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