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  • Pentagon Seeks Injured Helo Pilot Feedback
    Posted by Michael Bruno 9:09 AM on Apr 04, 2011

    The Office of the Secretary of Defense is commissioning an online survey of present and former U.S. military helicopter pilots and crewmembers regarding back pain and injury they may have experienced during or after flying helicopters. U.S. officials recently asked for our help in publishing the survey, and we thought it a worthy public service -- please help spread the word.

    Official say it has been determined that helo pilots suffer back pain and injury at a rate 4-5 times greater than the general population. "If we are able to quantify the number of people who have suffered from this problem, and identify the cost of providing a state-of-the-art seat for pilots and crewmembers, we may be able to justify a replacement that is ergonomically designed to eliminate or reduce the problem," says Kristin Hamon, principal investigator on the team of researchers. As it stands now, many pilots spend their own money on “off-base” medical treatment or chiropractors just to keep flying. "This needs to be fixed."

    We agree.

    OSD researchers urge current and former military pilots and crewmembers to complete this online survey at www.DoDhelicopterseatsurvey.com. Completed surveys are anonymous and should only be taken once. If you participated in a similar January 2010 Navy and Marine Corps survey, please do not complete this survey, as the results will be merged with this study.

    The survey will be available through April 30.

    Tags: ar99, helicopter, pilot, back, pain, injury

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