BRAIN FITNESS FOR PILOTS

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Checkrides

Increase mental sharpness and be at your neurological best before upcoming checkrides

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Neurocognitive Testing

Problems with neurocognitive test results? OA could be your best way to prepare for future retesting opportunities 

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Peak Performance

Go beyond skill building and optimize your brain power – from GA’s to Astronauts

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Recovery

ADHD, Concussion, CHI/TBI, Substance Abuse, Stroke, Depression and more. OA Training could help your recovery when used at the right time

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BREAKTHROUGHS IN TRUE BRAIN FITNESS ARE HERE AND NOW

Rigorous scientific investigation over the last two decades has finally culminated into neurological strength training programs that work. 

In just 5-weeks, the brain processes most important to flight safety and performance could be at their neurological best – and the results literally last for years, not months. You choose the place and the time to exercise your brain, we do all the rest.

PLEASE NOTE: The claims made throughout this website are based on scientific studies that examine groups of peoples’ gains from training, so individual results will vary. OA Training has not been evaluated by the FDA and it is not considered a medical intervention; OA is for fitness purposes only. For more information, please review our Terms & Conditions below.

COGNITIVE TRAINING EXPLAINED

Program-Wide Safety

Strengthen the Neurological Hardware of Your Entire Fleet
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Older Pilots

 A Chance to Reverse Years of Decline in Mental Sharpness in Weeks
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Struggling Students

Overcome Obstacles in Testing and Learning with Targeted Cognitive Training
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Air Traffic Controllers (ATCS) – OA Training Has A Program Just for You Too

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Complete Online Access
iPad, Android, Computer/Laptop compatible
Exercises rigorously researched & selected just for pilots
COACHED TRAINING with weekly feedback
The RIGHT exercises selected for you
Exercise performance monitored throughout
Exercises adjusted over time to optimize gains
Help with exercising the right way
Ability to compare yourself to other pilots
Personal access to Aviation Brain Training Experts
Constant research in aerospace and neuroscience
Pre- and Post-training Assessment
Deep Analysis of Performance Gains & Needs
Review of your past Cog Test results (optional)

Consultations with John Milanovich, Ph.D.

SAMPLE EXERCISES

Here are just a few exercises assembled for pilots with our BrainHQ partner.

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FAQ’s

This doesn’t look anything like flying, how does this help me?

Answer: We regularly see athletes stretching or lifting weights to improve their game, which often looks nothing like swinging a golf club or shooting baskets. It’s the same for pilots – OA Training does not look like flying, but it helps with the most important muscle for flying aircraft safely – your brain!

What are the exercises like?

See the video on Sample Exercises above. As an example, True North stretches Visual Orientation and Short-term Memory in even the most experienced pilots. Double Decision increases brain Processing Speeds like never before. And Target Tracker increases Visual Awareness Capacities in a way that can help you juggle all that is going on in and outside of the cockpit. Of course, these are just a few of the exercises used by OA – others can increase Working Memory and even address Complex Auditory Processes involved in ATC communications!

How often do I train?

5-days per week for 5-weeks is excellent (6-days per week for 6-weeks or more if you are seeking special issuance that involves neurocognitive or cog testing). Then, you’re likely good for years to come, especially if you complete our 4-day Booster Session once per year!!

How long do I train each session?

We recommend about 30-minutes per day all at once, though you may break it up into multiple parts per day. Those seeking special issuance for neurocognitive or cog testing should train 45-minutes to an hour per day.

Do I need to train at the same time everyday?

Definitely not. But, do not try to “double up” on training sessions in one day as you need to get some sleep/rest prior to your next training day (which helps to consolidate the gains you’ve made in the brain during the previous day).

Can I take a day off?

Absolutely – in fact we strongly recommend you take at least 1 day off per week, even if you are seeking special issuance. Again, this helps with consolidation of the neurological gains made during the week.

Can I take a week off?

Yes, you may take up to 1 week off per training cycle. So you should plan accordingly and do not start your program if you have a 2-week vacation coming up!

How do I know if I’m improving my cognitive processing?

The sensors and algorithms used to determine your potential gains are highly developed. Your OA Coach will be analyzing these data regularly, and he or she will give you weekly feedback in terms of your performance gains, so you’ll know with clarity. Those seeking special issuance and participating in the Fly Right or Forever Fly program get an even deeper analysis, which is critical for their purposes but probably overkill for most pilots.

What if it doesn’t seem like I’m making gains?

A new exercise program of any kind may not seem beneficial, at least in the beginning. When done the OA Way, our exercises have been shown to enhance neurological functioning and make real-world impacts in people’s day-to-day performance, so hang in there as your brain is getting better with training!

For those seeking special issuance, things could “click” at any moment and your OA Coach will keep you abreast of both your strengths and weaknesses along the way.

Please Note: Some neurological injuries or conditions might be found to not be fully amenable via brain training, which often can only be determined on a case-by-case basis after working out for at least 6-weeks. Talk to your AME, Neuropsychologist, or Neurologist to determine if another form of intervention is available.

How do I contact my coach for more information?

Your OA Coach will contact you from the start. But, if you need to contact him or her, use support@oapilots.com or call 800-240-7510.

I’m seeking Special Issuance, how can this help?

OA Training helps to strengthen parts of the brain most important to flying. While many pilots are able to do day-to-day tasks with relative ease, head injuries, strokes, alcohol or substance abuse, or simply getting older takes its toll on the brain more than you may imagine and may impact your capacity to hold an airman medical certificate. OA was built on such circumstances and could help you reach your aviation goals.

Aspiring pilots, including those with a past diagnosis of ADD/ADHD or LD, often greatly benefit from OA Training – which could help with both flight training and general school demands alike!

I struggled with Cog Testing, can this help me?

Yes, many pilots who struggled in the same way have benefitted from OA Training. It is the most researched program of its kind and we have seen many pilots reach their aviation goals following completion of our program. Outside of meeting with a professional cognitive rehabilitation therapist one-on-one in his or her office, we know of no other program that has the potential of OA.

Pilots continue to say our program is like having a personal trainer or physical therapist (PT) as a guide to overcome a weakness, injury, or obstacle. In this way, we assign exercises that are customized for a particular pilot’s needs through our Fly Right or Forever Fly program, and we guide pilots during the training process to ensure optimal effects. The brain is quite complicated, so OA strives to take the guesswork out of training to assist pilots in making real performance gains. Simply put, we believe there is no better program available in any profession.

In addition to offering pilots a well-designed program, an unintended but fortunate outcome of our work has been that our analysis of your OA data can help determine when you might be ready to take or retake cog tests. This, as you can imagine, is a big deal. Basically, by the middle of your training program we start to compare your performance levels with other pilots who have been successful in reaching their aviation goals. Essentially, by the end of your 6-week core program we can answer the question: Are you training at the levels of other successful pilots or not? Similarly: Do you seem to have a fighting chance to perform well on cog tests at this point in time or not?

As you know, not everything we plan turns out as planned. If you find you are not reaching expected training levels by the end of the 6-week core program, you may decide to take a chance and simply take or retake cog tests, or you may decide to continue OA Training in 3-week or 1-week blocks of time at reduced fees. OA is not the be-all and end-all of this decision, and we encourage you to consult with your AME, Neurologist or Neuropsychologist (if you have one), or another aeromedical professional to determine other potential options, which may include but is not limited to some form of medical intervention. Of course, discussion with your OA Coach and/or John Milanovich PhD, founder and designer of OA, could also be beneficial in determining your readiness. Please note consultation with John Milanovich PhD incurs additional fees unless you are part of the Forever Fly program (see Start Now page).

The Fine Print: Much like PT, you must understand brain training results vary due to individual differences, such as the nature and extent of a weakness, injury, or obstacle. Exercise effort levels are also an important factor, and it is possible that some challenges might not be overcome using OA Training alone or in conjunction with a medical intervention. Finally, it should be noted that, unlike PT, OA Training is not a medical intervention and it was designed for fitness and educational purposes only.

You should also note there are many other factors outside of brain training linked to your success with cog tests and aviation in general, ranging from your cognitive functioning to your emotions (i.e., anxiety levels during tests) to how much water you drank or sleep you enjoyed. In addition, it is our understanding that evaluations for FAA purposes look well beyond cognitive functioning to make their determinations, using multiple forms of required information.

In terms of your readiness to take or retake cog tests, it is critical to note that our work in this area is unpublished and, unlike the actual exercises we use, it has not gone through a rigorous, scientific, peer-reviewed process; sample sizes are relatively small at this time as well, though growing every week; overall, we are only able to offer you our training experiences based on a changing landscape of information and the many pilots we have worked with in the past and at present. Nonetheless, we enjoy working with professionals in the aeromedical field so that we all develop a greater understanding of this important area, which in the past most often had no basis for determining readiness other than pure guesswork!

Final Note: Just as our exercises do not look like flying, they also do not look like cog tests. Our exercises strive to assist you in strengthening the underlying brain processes most important to flight performance and safety, many of which are measured during cog testing and important in reaching a determination regarding the issuance of your airman medical certificate. While OA Exercises and Coaching could help you reach your aviation goals, we do not “coach” pilots on ways to “beat” their cog tests, and we strive to maintain the highest level of ethical standards in this regard.

Does more training lead to more gains?

Generally speaking, the answer is Yes. However, everyone needs to take a day off at least once per week to aid in neural consolidation!

Do I need to do this every year?

No. However, a 4-day Booster Session really helps maintain your gains. In addition, we recommend completing a 5-week program every 3 to 5 years to maintain brain health and to potentially hold off some of the declines in processing speed and mental capacities that occur with normal aging. Ultimately, we hope OA Training assists pilots in extending their careers well beyond expectations.

Do you guarantee results?

No, we do not. However, we strive to assist pilots in reaching their aviation goals, and we believe the human pilot should never be  considered “obsolete.” So, strengthening the Neurological Hardware of the Human Pilot is our number one goal. Still, OA Training is just one aspect of a number of factors that could assist pilots and aspiring pilots find and maintain success in the aviation environment.

This doesn’t look anything like flying, how does this help me?

Answer: We regularly see professional athletes lifting weights and, though it does not look like they are shooting baskets or going head-to-head, it sure helps them with their game. Same for pilots – OA exercises do not look like flying exercises, but they help with the most important muscle for flying aircraft safely – your brain!

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TESTIMONIALS

I can see challenge and the benefits!!

SK
Pilot & AME

There’s a difference, I can see it, and I feel it. I’m definitely sharper than before.

SP
Aspiring Pilot (early 50's)

This is as good as working out at the gym, but it’s workouts for my brain! After OA, it just seems easier to stay ahead of the plane.

FB
Corporate Pilot

He passed his ADHD tests and is even doing better in school – he’s really taken control of things and no longer depends on us. Thank you, OA!

Parent
Aspiring Pilot (19 years old)

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