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    • Phil Wilson on 3 September 2011 at 15:18
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    I am a military instructor flying ejection seat (Martin Maker Mk10 – non rocket) aircraft. I recently suffered a burst fracture of my L2 vertibrae in an auto accident. I am making a good recovery and expect to be fit to fly in all respects once the stabilising metal is removed at the 12 month point. The question is whether there will be a long term restriction to my return to flying in ejection seat aircraft due to my back injury?

    Regards Phil

    1. Extract of Reply sent to Phil on 04 September 2011 by PM:-

      As for the fractured L2 vertebra, surgically stabilised, and fitness to fly is concerned, this will depend upon the protocol followed for fitness to fly ejection seat.

      Firstly, this will depend upon the evaluation protocol for defining fitness after such an injury in your country. Like in India, in case the individual has had a ‘stable fracture’ and on recovery, the integrity of the vertebral column is intact (or near normal), a military pilot is allowed to return back to ejection seat aircraft.

      Secondly, you may need to undergo a thorough Orthopaedic (and neurological) review, before final aeromedical evaluation, which include centrifuge runs too. Of course, I am presuming two things: first, that there was no other injury/residual effect of the road accident; and second, your defence forces allow its pilots to fly ejection seat aircraft after fully healed stable vertebral fractures.

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