Definition 2021





aeroneurosis (plural aeroneuroses)

  1. (aviation, medicine, pathology) A disorder afflicting pilots and members of aviation crews, characterized by exhaustion, fearfulness, and other symptoms of physical and emotional distress, associated with prolonged flying times and stressful flight conditions.
    • 1940 April, Stephen Bates, "Flight Surgeon," Popular Aviation, vol. 26, no. 4, p. 90 (Google preview):
      A pilot who is under par physically soon becomes a prey to aeroneurosis. He will dislike to take the air and may actually fear to leave the ground.
    • 1983, Wesley Frank Craven and James Lea Cate (eds.), The Army Air Forces in World War II, Volume Four, ISBN 9781428915893, p. 274 (Google preview):
      By April 1943 the flight surgeons could detect a growing number of aeroneuroses among their aircrews. The strain of constant overwater flying rested particularly heavily upon the navigators, but it was severe for all air personnel.
    • 2006, David Gradwell and ‎David J Rainford (eds.), Ernsting's Aviation Medicine, 4th edition, ISBN 9780340813195, p. 740 (Google preview):
      Gotch had described aeroneurosis developing in flying training and considered that it was infectious, commenting that "one pupil who has given up flying [is] followed ... by 2 or 3 more in the same week."