Accession Number:

ADA543155

Title:

The Scope of Back Pain in Navy Helicopter Pilots

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

205.0

Abstract:

This thesis investigates issues such as long hours in the cockpit, ineffective seat padding, Night Vision Goggle NVG use, and the constant vibrations involved in flying rotary wing aircraft. Pain is subjective and severity is difficult to compare between individuals. Does back pain affect safety of flight In the military helicopter aviator community, 60-80 of helicopter pilots are estimated to be suffering from back pain Sargent Bachmann, 2010. The Sargent and Bachmann article, written by flight surgeons, suggests that back pain is an issue in the helicopter community. This article also suggests that back pain may be affecting safety of flight but did not have data to support that claim. This thesis provides an analysis of the scope, incidence and severity of back pain in the Naval Aviation helicopter pilot community. Of the helicopter pilots who responded to the survey, 88.1 are experiencing back pain during at least 50 of their flights and 34.4 admit this pain is affecting their situational awareness. This thesis gives the Navy information to decide whether to invest RD funds in anti-vibration seat technology and whether flight safety is affected.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE