Fainting NZ Pilot Reinstated | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 12.05.16

Airborne 12.06.16

Airborne 12.07.16

Airborne 12.08.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 12.05.16

Airborne 12.06.16

Airborne 12.07.16

Airborne 12.08.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Wed, Mar 30, 2005

Fainting NZ Pilot Reinstated

Court Overrules CAA

Former Air New Zealand pilot Geoff Paterson has his medical ticket back, after he was grounded by New Zealand's Civil Aviation Administration because he... well, he faints.

Paterson has what doctors call "neurocardiogenic (or vasovagal) syncope." If you cut through the Latin, you find it means he has common fainting spells. He fainted in 1990 and 1995 and was allowed to fly, but not along. The third time, the 52-year old 767 captain was grounded in February, 2002, after he passed out during a layover in Tahiti. An independent medical examiner recommended authorities continue to let Paterson fly under the same provisions -- he had to pass his medical and he had to fly with another pilot. But this time, the CAA didn't buy it.

So Paterson appealed to New Zealand's judicial system. He told the court no pilot was reluctant to fly with him. Tuesday, the courts ordered Paterson reinstated.

"Every single pilot I have spoken to has shook my hand and said, 'thank goodness justice prevailed'," he told the New Zealand Herald. "It's been a long time coming. For me, it is a victory for common sense."

Well, don't drag out that logbook just yet. A spokesman for the CAA said the agency will probably appeal the court's decision.

FMI: www.airnz.com

Advertisement

More News

ANN Presents: Bob Hoover Memorial Celebration of Life (11.18.16 -- Special Edit)

Honoring A Great Man, A Great Pilot, A Great American -- and Above All Else… A Great Friend Bob Hoover was, to virtually everyone in the aviation world, the “Pilot&rsq>[...]

Airborne 12.06.16: SpaceX Launching Soon!, 787 AD, DJI Inspire 2

Also: P-51C 'Tuskegee Airmen', Aero-Calendar, EASA Mandate, Master Instructor, 737 MAX Thrust Reverser, LaMia Airline, Flying Colours SpaceX could return to flight by the middle of>[...]

Satcom Direct SD Completes Its Acquisition Of TrueNorth Avionics

Finalization Of The Deal Announced At MEBAA Global aeronautical communications provider Satcom Direct (SD) announced today at MEBAA 2016 that it has closed its purchase of TrueNort>[...]

AD: Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2016-24-05 PRODUCT: All Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.>[...]

AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2016-19-16 PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 707-300, 707-300B, and 707-300C series airplanes; and certain Model 727C, 727-100C, and 727-200F series airplanes.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC