Task J: Aeromedical Factors

Task J: Aeromedical Factors (ASEL and ASES)

References: FAA-H-8083-25; AIM.

Objective: To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge of the elements related to aeromedical factors by explaining:

Private Pilot PTS What this means… What you need to do to prepare
1. The symptoms, causes, effects, and corrective actions of at least three of the following—

a. hypoxia.
b. hyperventilation.
c. middle ear and sinus problems.
d. spatial disorientation.
e. motion sickness.
f. carbon monoxide poisoning.
g. stress and fatigue.
h. dehydration.

You need to be able to explain from memory the symptoms, causes, effects and corrective actions for all of these conditions. Review Chapter 16 Aeromedical Factors in the PHAK which covers all of these conditions.

Additional detailed information is in the AIM.

2. The effects of alcohol, drugs, and over-the-counter medications. You need to be able to explain regulations pertaining to the use of alcohol, drugs, prescription and OTC medications. Review AIM 8-1-1 Fitness for Flight.

Understand 14 CFR 61.53 and 14 CFR 91.17.

While the FAA does not maintain a public database of authorized and unauthorized medications AOPA maintains a partial list based upon their research with the FAA. AOPA members can search their database.

3. The effects of excess nitrogen during scuba dives upon a pilot or passenger in flight. You need to be able to explain the risks and guidelines for flight after scuba diving. See PHAK Chapter 16 and AIM 8-1-2 above.