Category Archive: Well-being

Lyle Prouse’ Final Approach

This is the story of Lyle Prouse. He was the first airline pilot ever arrested and sent to prison for flying under the influence of alcohol. He was fired by his airline, stripped of his FAA licenses, tried, convicted, and sent to Federal prison. It had never occurred before… But in the end, Lyle retired honorably …

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Training the future Aerospace Physician

If one is asked to visualise the role of Aerospace Physician in emerging decades, especially in the Indian context, the need for redefining training is of foremost consequence to prepare the future practitioners who shall be armed with adequate knowledge, exploit the technology and actively apply the concept of holistic care.

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From Conviction to Conviction – An Eagle Reborn

This is the story of Captain Norman Lyle Prouse, who showed the moral courage on his conviction for “a common carrier under the influence of drugs or alcohol” to fight for his convictions in his personal battle against alcoholism and a lost job. This story is narrated here not solely as a personal triumph of …

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Need for Personal Accountability

This is the second part by Lyle Prouse I want to be clear about a number of things. First, I make no excuses, I accept complete responsibility, and I openly acknowledge that everything that happened to me was fair and appropriate. Period. None of us would ever recover if we didn’t have consequences to face. …

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How do I know if I’m an alcoholic…??

This is the third part by Lyle Prouse This is offered for what it’s worth although it’s longer than I intended. I offer it based on decades of studies and research, all of which is available for your objective assessment. You may accept this, reject it, pooh-pooh it, or whatever. It’s what I’ve learned in …

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Recovering…or recovered. Does it make any difference?

This is the fourth part by Lyle Prouse So…who cares? Each person must find their own level of comfort with this disease in order to accomodate their recovery and achieve – and maintain- their sobriety. Since alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease I consider myself recovering vs recovered. Chronic means”it never goes away, or it …

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An Honest Admission – Standing up for Yourself

This is the fifth part by Lyle Prouse At my sentencing, the judge offered to let all three of us remain free pending appeals, since this was the first time this law had ever been applied and there were many complex legal issues. The other two opted to remain free. I told the judge I …

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“Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1)”

This is the sixth part by Lyle Prouse …I just came across yours (post) in which you say I “hung the other pilots out to dry,” and “was responsible for their welfare,” ad nauseum. Arrogance and grandiosity often get in the way of fact checking before spouting off, and you provide a great example of …

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Alcoholism, the Scourge; An alcoholic – Bearer of the Cross

This is the seventh and the final part by Lyle Prouse I hope some may have gained a little understanding about a most difficult and complex disease – alcoholism. Sometimes called “the disease of a thousand faces.” I considered a brief explanation of the disease itself, the three axes it affects (I think that’s the …

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Bashing the Drunk!

Drunken pilot reporting for duty (1) may have made headlines, in turn setting various fora abuzz with strong public opinion ranging from strong action against the pilot to the need for a sympathetic view. Indeed, if one looks at this incidence from the perspective of aviation safety, the pilot, if he had gone unnoticed, was …

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