Pilot Tactical Dehydration – An Operational Risk Comparable to Intoxication?
June 11, 2014
Most military pilots practice Tactical Dehydration every day, unaware of its devastating effects and symptoms, which increase the risk of aircraft incidents and accidents, even on short flights during a mildly warm day.
Dehydration results in significant decrements in physical and cognitive performance of aircrew. Each of these can occur when two percent or more of body weight is lost because of unreplaced water or water restriction, heat and/or physical exertion. A practical solution has now been approved by the USAF, and USN/ USMC.
AMXDmax Receives New Safe-To-Fly
as Cockpit Essential Equipment
06 February 2014
In an effort to combat the practice of tactical dehydration, ACC has approved the AMXDmax as Safe-to-Fly on the following United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft: F-22, F-35, F-16, F-15, A-10, F-4, B-1, B-2, B-52, C-130 Series, C-135 Series, E-3 Series, E-4 Series, E-8 Series, C-12 Series, T-38, T-6, T-1, CV-22, HH-60, and UH-1.
The AMXDmax is a constant-wear, fully automatic, in-flight bladder relief device. It is an effective, hand-free solution allowing aircrew to focus on objectives for the entire mission without distraction, dehydration impairment, or discomfort.
The AMXDmax has recieved Safe-to-Fly for all USN/USMC aviation.
The Advanced Mission Extender Device facilitates hydration by providing bladder relief support for warfighters. Lightweight, fully-automatic and discreet, the AMXD can be used with existing aircrew ensembles, including Chem-Bio suits and cold weather gear.
Click on either of the thumbnails below to view articles and studies on the importance of proper hydration and bladder relief for military personnel.
The AMXD® has been approved for use in all fixed and rotary wing aircraft by the U.S. Air Force. Safe-To-Fly testing was conducted on the F-15, F-16, F-22, and A-10. The British Royal Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force performed testing in Chinook CH47D, Cougar AS532I2, and the Apache AH64D helicopter systems.
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