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By James D Lakin PhD MD FACP CFI CFII MEI
Airline Transport Pilot FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner 

Aeromedical Forum

Headaches

 

November 1, 2020



Headaches and aviation are frequent companions. Anyone who has made a long cross country flight knows why. Hours of engine noise and vibration, traffic, buildups, headwinds that make your fuel consumption jump…any and all are headache generators. That’s just part of flying. So why would the FAA care about something that’s pretty much built in to aeronautical endeavors? Well, there are headaches and there are headaches. What I’ve been talking about is what are referred to as tension headaches, that achy feeling in your temples, sometimes the feeling of a band encircling your he...



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