Accession Number : ADP003270

Title :   Health Risks Associated with Aircraft Model Type Among U.S. Navy Pilots,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Hoiberg,A. ; Burr,R. G.

Report Date : APR 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This study identified the ill health effects (hospitalizations) among U.S. Navy male pilots (n = 22,245) who primarily flew one of eight aircraft model types. Comparisons of annual hospitalization rates computed for the July 1967 through December 1979 time period determined that trainer and helicopter pilots had the highest total rates while reconnaissance pilots had the lowest. Helicopter pilots had the highest hospitalization rates for ulcers and/hearing problems; rates for calculus of the kidney were the highest among older helicopter pilots. Older track pilots had the highest rates for accidental injuries, musculosketetal conditions, and infective/parasitic diseases. The highest circulatory disease rate was observed for older fighter pilots. An examination of the hospitalization rates of the other aircraft model types (electronic, patrol, cargo/transport, and reconnaissance) identified relatively few specific illnesses unique to each pilot group. Future research efforts will examine other factors in addition to aircraft model type that might account for the results of this study. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Military psychology, *Health surveys, *Hospitalizations, *Illness, *Fatigue(Physiology), *Pilots, Aging(Physiology), Naval personnel, Gerontology, Stress(Physiology), Tolerances(Physiology), Research management, Information exchange, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE