Accession Number : ADA292060

Title :   A Longevity and Survival Analysis for a Cohort of Retired Airline Pilots.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Personal Author(s) : Besco, Robert O. ; Sangal, Satya P. ; Nesthus, Thomas E. ; Veronneau, Stephen J.

PDF Url : ADA292060

Report Date : FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : There is a popular belief in the aviation industry that retired pilots die at a younger age than the general population. If this belief is in fact, correct, research into the factors or events precipitating an early mortality among retired airline crew members could be of interest to the FAA. Few studies have addressed the question Do retired airline pilots die at a younger age than their 60 year-old counterparts in the U.S. population? Airline pilots reach the mandatory retirement age of 60 after an entire career of active health monitoring and maintenance required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this study, a preliminary survey was made to determine the mortality and survival profile of retired pilots from a major U.S. airline. An initial sample of 2209 retired pilots and flight engineers was surveyed. Early and late retirees were dropped from the sample, leaving us with 1494 pilots who retired at age 60 between the study dates of April 1968 to July 1993. The Life Table Method was identified as the most suitable approach to analyze the pattern of mortality for this data set. Life Table analysis provides estimates of probabilities of surviving a given number of years after retirement. This technique allows subjects to enter (i.e., retire at age 60) or leave the study (i.e., die) at different points in time and it utilizes all the data on partial exposure to the risk of dying.

Descriptors :   *LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), *PILOTS, *SURVIVAL(GENERAL), *RETIREMENT (PERSONNEL), DATA BASES, FUNCTIONS, AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, RISK, EXPOSURE(GENERAL), FLIGHT CREWS, MONITORING, HEALTH, PROBABILITY, POPULATION, COMMERCIAL AVIATION, ESTIMATES, PROFILES, RETIREMENT, SAMPLING, PATTERNS, TABLES(DATA), ENGINEERS, MORTALITY RATE, LIFE TESTS.

Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE