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Master of Science (MS)




Ultraviolet radiation exposure to pilots while flying at altitude is an issue that has not been widely distributed to the aviation community. Ultraviolet radiation can have long term effects on pilots, and yet there remains a gap in the practical understanding and the preventative measures that can be taken. The following literature review outlines the potential hazards that pilots face from ultraviolet radiation. The aim of the study was to investigate how UV exposure can affect flight crews at altitude. Armed with this knowledge we need to bring ideas to help produce a greater understanding of the effects UV radiation can have. Further educational tools will need to be disseminated to the aviation community so that a greater awareness is developed. These preventative steps will develop a culture over time which has the potential to change the way we approach our time in a cockpit. Pilots are driven by a mission, and if new parameters are introduced, such as applying sunscreen before flight, we will see long time benefits.