The Aerotoxic Logbook (ATLB) in English (EN)

The problem has been known since the 1950s - roughly 70 years and nothing has ever been done about it.  The air in the cabin is still ‚bled off’ (the engines) in airplanes - with the well-known possible consequences for flight safety and health, in particular that of  flight crew. We have the cultural history on 'Flying is safe' and the ongoing problems investigated at (EN).

Although the cabin air is 50% re-circulated in modern aircraft types, the basic problem remains unsolved. With one exception: the Boeing B787.  This is/was also the state of knowledge at the first big conference on this topic in London in September 2017. The presentations can now be viewed here:  

There are many reasons why no solutions are found: the targeted influencing of scientific discussions, the airlines’ economic interests, the links between politics and air transport industry and other reasons.

The ‚Aerotoxic Logbook’, launched in January 2017, is a first comprehensive documentation addressing the problem of potentially contaminated cabin air ( - German) and documents what is happening in this area.  Or, what is not happening. And why not. This German language blog ( is now also available in English and can be accessed directly via this permalink: And you should also have a look at - an "ABC" under permanent construction.

The information we collect in German is translated by Bearnairdine BEAUMONT who operates the network  and the blog

With the ‚Aerotoxic Logbook’ we want to achieve international networking,  bringing together all initiatives and activities to communicate about this unsolved problem and to initiate solutions. At the same time it is a scientific experiment: What must happen before a problem is addressed?

Other initiatives providing information on the contaminated air issue you can get here (right side).

23rd October 2018

Medical Advisory Board of Experts 'Occupational Diseases' at BMAS

In the meantime, the committee met on 11th September 2018. On their agenda the item "Fume Events".

Prof. Dr. Astrid HEUTELBECK, former lecturer at the University of Göttingen, now Professor of Occupational and Social Medicine at the University of Jena, was heard as an "external expert" who held the so-called „Fume Event Consultation Hour“ at the UMG in Göttingen until the end of 2017. Which however had to close because the BG Verkehr refused to pay the costs for fume-event patients, which would actually be it's duty.

Prof. HEUTELBECK reported mainly on her findings, i.e. experiences and clinical pictures of her more than 350 fume event patients.

However, the committee in which several representatives of the so-called „VALENTIN School“ sit, is not satisfied with this information:

"After examining the findings presented and the documents submitted, the Advisory Board concludes that there are currently no sufficient indications to enter into an in-depth scientific examination. At present the general situation of knowledge is still unclear, it lacks epidemiological evidence and further peer reviewed literature on the topic of Fume Events' , states the responsible BMAS official, Harald GOEKE (Dept. IV a 4) in a letter to the ‚patient initiative’

Now it depends on further studies to confirm these (mostly denied) connections, which requires appropriate funds.