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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 www.ansTageslicht.de/cabinair (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: www.aircraftcabinair.com  

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 (www.ansTageslicht.de/Kabininenluft - German) and documents what is happening in this area.  Or, what is not happening. And why not. This German language blog (www.ansTageslicht.de/ATLB) is now also available in English and can be accessed directly via this permalink: www.ansTageslicht.de/ENATLB.

The information we collect in German is translated by Bearnairdine BEAUMONT who operates the network www.aerotoxicteam.com  and the blog www.aerotoxicsyndrombook.com/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).

March 25, 2018

The topic "Contaminated Cabin Air" and "Fume Events" is now also available in English

Bearnairdine BAUMANN, former chief stewardess at Lufthansa and flight disabled because of contaminated cabin air health issues, translated the first large texts of our documentation into English. Gradually, more chapters will go online in English.

Everything can be  viewed at www.ansTageslicht.de/cabinair

March 2018

"Fume Events" + Contaminated Cabin Air in Aircraft?

Meanwhile, even the industry and aircraft manufacturers are no longer arguing that fume events happen. Unlike before. Now the only question remains how harmful to health they are and the consequences.

At the „German Society of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP)“ conference in Dresden this month,  there was also a presentation about Fume Events (FE):

Prof. Dr. Dieter SCHOLZ of the „HAW“/ Hamburg explained (again), why regular occurrences contaminating the air in aircraft happen: its the „labyrinth“ seals which are supposed to prevent fugitive emissions from engine oil to escape from the "fans" by counter air flow. But that does not always work and when a problem occurs, the smallest contamination can be an emergency. His presentation can be viewed here: http://cabinair.profscholz.de

Dr. Astrid HEUTELBECK from Göttingen University, who deals with around 400 FE victims and evaluates biomonitoring data made it very clear that the procedure implemented by the Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehr  (BG) for the subsequent diagnosis of those affected in FE "does not correspond to what one should do." Since in the mean time one knows a lot more about what is to be done.

But BG is obviously not interested and this is probably why they try to outsmart the Göttingen "Fume Event" consultations; by not paying the costs for patients there anymore.

Pathologist Dr. Frank van de GOOT of the „Center for Forensic Pathology“ (CFP) in GK-Baarn (The Netherlands) found out three things after his autopsy of four deceased people who had all been affected by fume events:

  1. all had a damaged peripheral nervous system (see picture), 
  2. pathologists do not regularly examine damage to the nervous system, which is why this problem has not been considered and 3) that's why we urgently need "more evidence".

His suggestion, because one can hardly conduct such investigations on the living, is: in case of a death, please call  him at: +31 6 55720774. Frank van de GOOT also speaks German.