The Lack Of A Pilot Is Avoiding Medical Incapacitation

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Soaring high above the ground in an aircraft is a freeing experience that comes with many dangers and precautions. These hazards are rarely due to structural or technological failures. Instead the greatest challenge to a pilot is avoiding medical incapacitation, while effectively and efficiently employing the aircraft. These situations rear their head without warning, and though we’re aware of their presence, they still plague our skies. Spatial disorientation is one of these dangers and “is defined as the failure to perceive or perceiving incorrectly the position, motion, or attitude of the aircraft” (Cheung, 2013, p. 1211). The deprivation of visual references such as darkness, fog, haze, clouds or terrain can cause spatial disorientation. In order to perceive the “position, motion, and attitude of the aircraft” we require the input of our sensory system to facilitate the identification and interpretation of our orientation (Cheung, 2013, p. 1211). This is due to our primitive requirement and capability to orient in an environment. The existence of this ability did not develop to fly unfortunately, but merely to survive. Yet, the same sensory reactions we depend on for survival in the aircraft, are those which trigger our fight or flight response. We are all vulnerable to spatial disorientation, especially in a modern-day setting that encompasses “moving visual scenes and vehicular motion”, which challenge the neutral orientation of the sensory system (Gresty,

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