Airsickness Management and the Benefits of Gyro-Fitness Training,
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO
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This paper examined the role of gr7O-fitness training in reducing or eliminating airsickness symptoms in military student pilots. A gyro-fitness training program was developed which allowed airsick cadets to experience motion stimulation and subsequent motion desensitization without being in the actual flying environment. Strong anecdotal evidence suggested the program was helping students overcome airsickness. A formal analysis of the program reported here, suggests training may not be as effective as casual evidence would indicate. This finding has implications for both airsickness treatment and theory. The Air Force Academy trains approximately 650 cadets a year in the T-41 flight screening program. T-41 is a 15 flight course including a solo flight conducted in Cessna 172s. Currently we have a 2 washout rate due t thickness and more than 50 of the cadets experience some airsickness symptoms during training. Unfortunately, there seems to be no consistently successful screening technique to determine who is prone to airsickness or which individuals will experience the problem only transiently Dobie, 1989.
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