Poor Air Quality In The Cockpit Makes Pilots More Prone To Failure
Carbon dioxide levels were increased pilots found it more challenging to perform complex maneuvers...
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August 15, 2018 by AirlinerWatch
Cambridge - According to a new study led by Harvard T.H. School of Public Health, poor air quality makes pilots more prone to failure. Scientists are now raising the question of whether bad air values in the cockpit pose a flight safety risk.
Thirty commercial airline pilots took part in the research. They were split into two groups. Pilots in each group were required to complete a three 3-hour flight simulation that consisted of 21 maneuvers without the help of autopilot.
A Pilot Examiner from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) monitored and evaluated pilot performances. The pilots and the FAA examiner were not aware of the random CO2 levels in the simulator.
The tests revealed that as carbon dioxide levels were increased pilots found it more challenging to perform complex maneuvers such as making a steep turn, recovering from stalling and circling a plane while maintaining a constant altitude. Their abilities to manage sudden emergencies, such as an engine failure during takeoff, was also affected.
The findings suggested that the pilots were 69% more...