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By James D. Lakin PhD MD FACP CFI
FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner 

Deydration And Heat Stroke: No Fun In The Sun

 

August 1, 2021



Over the past few years, we’ve been setting record temperatures and dealing with the health hazards that go with them. Very few of our general aviation fleet has the luxury of air conditioning.

Even if you do, summer flying without adequate fluid intake can mean trouble. A METAR temperature of some 90 degree usually means your cockpit will be boiling at over 100 degree. Add to that the time you spend pulling out your aircraft, pre-flighting, loading luggage and passengers and you’ve worked up a heck of a sweat.

Unless you’re filed for up high, you’ll be cruising in an 80 degree to...



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