DRINKING AND FLYING - THE PROBLEM OF ALCOHOL USE BY PILOTS

Alcohol misuse is a problem among the nearly 700,000 general aviation pilots in this country. Although the fatal accident rate for general aviation is relatively low, a substantial portion of such accidents have been related to the consumption of alcoholic beverages before or during flight. The article focuses on the following specific areas: (1) alcohol and fatal accidents in general aviation; (2) alcohol's effects on the central nervous system and on flight performance; (3) surveys of pilots about drinking and flying; (4) federal regulations and mandatory testing; and (5) recommendations to revise the regulations and educate pilots, and to consider an ingnition-interlock system.

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    Massachusetts Medical Society

    1440 Main Street
    Waltham, MA  United States  02254
  • Authors:
    • Modell, J G
    • Mountz, J M
  • Publication Date: 1990

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  • Accession Number: 00615160
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1991 12:00AM