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Old 27th Jun 2020, 17:48
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Join Date: May 2000
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Age: 72
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Later I discussed this with a fellow pilot who was also qualified as a doctor. Not only did he agree, he said that aeromedical examinations made a negligible contribution to aviation safety; and that view I have heard expressed by several who are professionally qualified to express an opinion.
I beg to disagree. In my mid-30ís the CAA queried my ECG trace. Investigation showed that everything became normal when exercising so I retained my Class 1. As a result I exercised regularly to stay fit, which I am sure made me a safer pilot, less prone to fatigue and better able to cope with jet-lag and long night duties. At the age of 72 I am still able to run, swim, hike for miles and play atrocious golf. Without that six-monthly Sword of Damocles hanging over me I would probably have been a bit of a slob...
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