Dietary Supplements and Their Direct and Indirect, Expected, and Unexpected Effects on Air Ops

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Instructor: Dudley Crosson, Delta P Inc.

The public is aware of very little regarding the negative impact that dietary supplements ranging from vitamins to energy drinks can have on air operations. This session will discuss the idiosyncrasies and synergistic effects of supplements on such things as diet, medications, and more. Individual responses to supplements vary. Some supplements might cause only a minor irritation in some people and a more profound effect in others. This session will provide important information about what to consider when taking dietary supplements.

Instructor Bio

Dudley Crosson, PhD, is the president of Delta P Inc. and an aeromedical safety officer (AmSO). He is the aeromedical liaison for the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA). An AmSO is an aerospace physiologist who is also a qualified aviation safety officer. The focus of work is on operations, not research. Dudley provides aeromedical safety support in such areas as specialized equipment, including ALSE (aviation life support equipment) and NVGs (night-vision goggles); fatigue and stress; spatial disorientation; and various other physiological factors.

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