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Air Travel and Health: A Systems Perspective

ISBN: 978-0-470-71177-4
248 pages
October 2010
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Providing a detailed examination of the issues that affect the long term health of aircrew, cabin crew and passengers, Air Travel and Health offers guidance to engineers designing aircraft in the difficult field of legislation and product liability. Examining the facts, anecdotes and myths associated with health and travel, Seabridge and Morgan draw balanced conclusions on which the aircraft operations and design communities can act to provide cost-effective solutions. The authors present a useful reference for aircrew, regulatory authorities, engineers and managers within the aerospace industry, and medical and human factor specialists, as well as an informative resource for undergraduate and graduate students.
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About the Authors.

Series Preface.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Acronyms and Abbreviations.

1. Introduction.

1.1. Factors affecting health.

1.2. The system of interest.

1.3. The aircraft.

1.4. Design considerations.

1.5. Summary.

2. Some 'minor' ailments.

2.1. Introduction.

2.2. Some common conditions of air travel.

3. Air quality.

3.1. The atmosphere.

3.2. Aircraft environments.

3.3. Environmental control systems.

3.4. Health issues.

3.5. System implications.

3.6. Request for further information.

4. Deep vein thrombosis.

4.1. Introduction.

4.2. The environment.

4.3. Aircraft environments.

4.4. The system.

4.5. Health issues.

4.6. System implications.

5. Noise and vibration.

5.1. The environment.

5.2. Aircraft environment.

5.3 Health issues.

5.4. System implications.

6. Radiation effects.

6.1. The environment.

6.2. The aircraft environment.

6.3. Aircraft systems.

6.4. Health issues.

6.5. System implications.

6.6. Future developments.

7. Back and neck injury.

7.1. Back pain.

7.2. Neck strain.

7.3. Commercial aircraft issues.

7.4. Lumbar Support.

7.5. Advice for passengers.

8. Some military issues.

8.1. The cockpit environment.

8.2. Effects of acceleration.

8.3. Pressure oxygen breathing & hypoxia.

9. Workstation use.

9.1. The environment.

9.2. Aircraft environments.

9.3. The system.

9.4. Health issues.

9.5. System implications.

10. Regulation and control of risks to health.

10.1. General.

10.2. Legislative framework.

10.3. Summary of legal threats.

10.4. Issues rising.

11. The design process.

11.1. The control of risk.

11.2. Design.

11.3. Application.

11.4. Feedback.

12.Summary and conclusions.

12.1. Integration effects.

12.2. Predisposition.

12.3. Domestic circumstances.

12.4. Comparison with general public health conditions.

12.5. Serious conditions.

12.6. Advice to industry.

12.7. Advice to operators.

12.8. Advice to travellers.

12.9. What can be done?

12.10. Finally.

Bibliography.

Index.

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"As a result, I was delighted to receive for review this book written by two well respected flight systems engineers recently retired from the UK aviation industry." (The Aeronautical Journal , 1 December 2011)

"This is an insightful book, one which should give its intended audience - and interested passengers - pause for thought." (RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal, 1 May 2011)

"Seabridge, a retired chief flight systems engineer, and Morgan who is affiliated with Copycat Communications Ltd. investigate common complaints, the evidence, the biological and environmental dimensions that might be involved, and possible solutions to air travel's affect on health. The topics are some minor ailments, air quality, deep vein thrombosis, noise and vibration, exposure to radiation, back and neck pain, military issues, workstation use, the regulation and control of risks to health, and the design process." (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)

"The authors present a useful reference for aircrew, regulatory authorities, engineers and managers within the aerospace industry, and medical and human factor specialists, as well as an informative resource for undergraduate and graduate students." (Asiaing.com, 10 November 2010)

 

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