UPDATED: Navy Seeing Success Collecting Data on Physiological Episodes; Taps Former Air Wing Commander to Lead Effort

THE PENTAGON — The Navy has appointed former commander of Carrier Air Wing 3 and F/A-18 Hornet pilot Capt. Sara Joyner to lead the service’s effort to research and prevent physiological episodes in its fixed-wing aircraft, amid progress this summer collecting data to help understand the root cause of these PE events, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran told USNI News on Wednesday.

Joyner, who was also selected for promotion to rear admiral, will fill a position recommended in the June 12 “Comprehensive Review of the T-45 and FA-18 Physiological Episodes” report conducted by U.S. Pacific Fleet Command commander Adm. Scott Swift. That report states “there is no single, dedicated entity leading PE resolution efforts” and therefore no unity in correction and mitigation efforts. The report recommended establishing a new organization to lead all naval efforts to resolve PEs, which would not be a permanent organization but would rather last a year or two until the Navy had gotten the PE problem under control, USNI News previously reported.



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  1. doug cooley

    the obogs system utilizes zeolite crystals embedded in a clay binder to form beads, the adsorbent polar attracts water vapor first then hydrocarbons then nitrogen and a slight attraction for argon. the media becomes less effective when saturated to any degree with water and the argon is so loosely held that any pressure change from lets say throttle slam increasing engine bleed pressure then releases an accumulated “slug” of argon. folks think argon is safe because it is inert but it is dangerous in the lungs above 1% even when the balance of gas is all oxygen. being such a heavy gas it gets stuck in the lungs and human physiology cannot deal with getting rid of it. Even 5% of total inhale for more than a few seconds is trouble. The body actually has the blood give up oxygen to help try to eliminate argon from the lungs….. hypoxia ???


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