July 1998 Issue

Urp Aids

For aerobatic wannabes and woozy passengers, the ReliefBand appears to be the best all- around remedy.

In a major aerospace medicine text I have, air sickness is defined as a “state of diminished health characterized by specific symptoms that occur in conjunction with and in response to unaccustomed conditions existing in one’s motional environment.”

The pilot’s translation of this is “puking your guts out,” aka the “power yawn” or just plain urping on your shoes.

Air sickness is a common reason why student pilots quit and why many potential pilots never even start training. It’s also a frequent problem for neophyte aerobatic pilots and affects passengers even more often, to the extent that a surprising number of aircraft owners can’t coax spouses or children into their airplanes....

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