The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign is designed to educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.
Pilots and Medications
Stuffy nose? Fever? Combine these symptoms with over-the-counter meds, and you could have a recipe for disaster in the pilots seat.
Just like any other decision that you must make when you fly, you should know all the facts before you take any over-the-counter medications:
First, what is your underlying condition? Will it allow for safe flying?-If not, you should not fly until the condition improves.Next, do you know how the medication you are planning to take will affect you, and how your body will react?-You should NEVER fly after taking any medication that you have not taken before.Be sure to consider adverse reactions listed on the label. Key words include lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, or visual disturbance.-DO NOT FLY if these side effects are listed or if the label contains any warning signs about operating motor vehicles or machinery while taking the medication.-Some people mistakenly think an over-the-counter medication is weak or non-threatening. Thats simply not true, especially for diphenhydramine (Benadryl).Side effects can occur at any time, even if youve taken the same medication in the past without experiencing any side effects.-That is why you should NEVER fly after taking a medication with the side effects listed above.
If you must take over-the-counter medications, please follow these tips before you decide to fly:
Read and follow label directions.If the label warns of significant side effects, wait until at least five maximum dosing intervals have passed before you fly. For example, if the directions say take the medication every 4-6 hours, wait at least 30 hours before you fly. Other medications may have longer or shorter intervals which is why its important to talk to your Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).Never fly after taking a new medication for the first time until at least five maximal dosing intervals have passed, and no side effects are noted.Do not fly if the underlying condition that you are treating would make you unsafe in the cockpit.As with alcohol, medications could impair your ability to fly, even though you feel fine.If you have a question about a medication, please ask your AME.When in doubt, dont fly!… Read more ...