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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Aeromedical Factors

Health and Physiological Factors Affecting Pilot Performance

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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge



Table of Contents

Chapter 1, Introduction To Flying
Chapter 2, Aircraft Structure
Chapter 3, Principles of Flight
Chapter 4, Aerodynamics of Flight
Chapter 5, Flight Controls
Chapter 6, Aircraft Systems
Chapter 7, Flight Instruments
Chapter 8, Flight Manuals and Other Documents
Chapter 9, Weight and Balance
Chapter 10, Aircraft Performance
Chapter 11, Weather Theory
Chapter 12, Aviation Weather Services
Chapter 13, Airport Operation
Chapter 14, Airspace
Chapter 15, Navigation
Chapter 16, Aeromedical Factors
Chapter 17, Aeronautical Decision Making




Some drugs that are classified as neither stimulants nor
depressants have adverse effects on flying. For example,
some antibiotics can produce dangerous side effects, such as
balance disorders, hearing loss, nausea, and vomiting. While
many antibiotics are safe for use while flying, the infection
requiring the antibiotic may prohibit flying. In addition,
unless specifically prescribed by a physician, do not take
more than one drug at a time, and never mix drugs with
alcohol, because the effects are often unpredictable.

The dangers of illegal drugs also are well documented.
Certain illegal drugs can have hallucinatory effects that occur
days or weeks after the drug is taken. Obviously, these drugs
have no place in the aviation community.

14 CFR prohibits pilots from performing crew member
duties while using any medication that affects the body in
any way contrary to safety. The safest rule is not to fly as a
crew member while taking any medication, unless approved to
do so by the FAA. If there is any doubt regarding the effects
of any medication, consult an AME before flying.

Adverse affects of various drugs.
Figure 16-9. Adverse affects of various drugs.