John Hoyte began flying in 1976 on unpressurised aircraft until 1989 when he changed to fly Bae-British Aerospace 146 jets with pressurized ‘bleed air’ for safety and good long term stability with TNT on night freight flying. He suddenly experienced debilitating ill health in the spring of 1990 which he put down to night flying and told no one for fear of losing his job. He left night flying in 1998 as he was burnt out and experienced severe neurological symptoms of memory & poor speech and decided to begin day flying on the BAe 146 for Flybe. By then he was more like a vegetable but he still told no one as he needed his job.
The mystery ill health intensified until 2004/5 when he failed safe by walking off airliners as a BAe 146 Training Captain rather than risk his passengers’ lives as he was burnt out and unfit to fly.
In early 2006 he was tested along with 26 other BALPA Union pilots by University College London – all of whom (100%) had a cocktail of chemicals in their blood /fat including organophosphates and poor cognition.
On 22nd May 2006 JH made a formal Statement that he had been poisoned by organophosphate and other chemicals.
On 18th June 2007 he founded the Aerotoxic Association to help other survivors and the website www.aerotoxic.org continues to support others around the world with unsupported financial gain.
Their objectives of forcing airlines to filter ‘bleed air’, monitor the poisonous air and change to safer oil have been successful as Easyjet have been in a Paris criminal Court since 2016 and by the time of the 13th Annual Cabin Air conference in September 2019, it will be the first airline in the world to fit all of the known and available solutions, yet governments and regulators still claim ‘no positive evidence’.
Considering that the fight is ongoing and strong with the many crew and passengers still being severely affected after taking a flight, this conference gives us another incredible shot at trying to work towards finding an effective solution.
Thanks to Tristan Loraine, his efficient team and the +30 speakers that made this event a thorough success.
It has definitely motivated all of us and given me the fuel to launch the follow-up to my Podcast series “The 3 Pillars” – Aviation. Stay tuned for more information on Aerotoxic Syndrome and positive ways moving forwards…
John Midavaine studied medicine. Being focussed on health improvement, he came in contact with patients with huge numbers of flying hours, who were looking for answers to treat their neurological health problems.
John: “Besides my specialism in Sports Medicine, I have been engaged in Orthomolecular Medicine for a long time. In recent years I have frequently met people who fly frequently, either by profession or for business, often showing neurological problems. I’ve specialised in orthomolecular treatments in general, but in particular in top sport and aviation, which in a way is top sport as well. I achieved good results there, amongst others for patients who fly frequently. Nevertheless, I want to find out more about causes and results, which will eventually allow us to move our focus towards prevention. At the time, unfortunately there is still insufficient knowledge about the neurological problems related to air travel.”
“This is the reason why I joined Stichting Fly Aware. Our ultimate goal is to show up in the future with more facts and evidence.”
Besides his activities for Stichting Fly Aware, John is a.o. the Head of a clinic for Lifestyle Medicine: Lifemedic.nl
Kathrin is a 39 year old mother of two beautiful sons, who started her career in aviation 18 years ago as check in agent while still studying economics at university. In 2005 she felt like she needed a break from studying and started flying. She never went back, the virus infected her. She loved it!
3 years later she became Purser (head of the cabin).
Her career had a rough ending in 2016, after experiencing 5 Fume Events within 22 months ( 2014 – 2016). In 2018 she became permanently unfit to fly due to the chronic health effects and impairments that resulted from the fume events.
Kathrin is the founder as well as board member of the nonprofit organization Patient initiative Contaminated Cabin Air, P-CoC in short. She also runs her blog “Kabinenlobby”. She also advocates politically for the improvement of the legal status of affected crew after fume events.
Tim van Beveren is a journalist, photographer, cameraman, and filmmaker. He has been involved in the media industry for more than 30 years and has played an important role as author, director, and co-worker in the development of several award-winning film and television productions (including the German Federal Film Award, New York Festivals, International Great Lakes Film Festival and others).
Since the end of the 1980s, he has also reported from crises and war zones, e.g. the popular uprising in Nepal (1989), Kurdistan and Afghanistan. He accompanied the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt at the end of 1990 on his successful humanitarian mission to Iraq in order to reach the release of the Germans and other citizens of dictator Saddam Hussein who were kept in “strategic sites” as “human shields”. Before and after he reported as a correspondent on behalf of private and public TV providers from the crisis area of the Gulf (1990-1991) and later the Balkan conflict in the former Yugoslavia (1991-1995). Van Beveren himself became a direct witness to the conflicts of the modern era. From 1998 to 2005 he lived and worked as a TV and print correspondent in the USA since 2008 he lives in Berlin.
Nominations and awards : 1986 nominated for the Max-Ophüls-Award / 1988 federal film-award for participating in “Das Treibhaus“ / 1996 gold medal at the New York Festivals for the TV-documentary “Fear is included in the Airfare – a crash and its consequences“ (ARD) /2015 total of four international awards for the documentary “Unfiltered breathed in – the Truth about Aerotoxic Syndrome” / 2016 and 2017 awarded with several honorable mentions by IPA and Monochrome Awards / 2018 best documentary made by or about women at Alive Doc International Festival at Los Angeles for “Women Composers” / 2019 best documentary feature at 10th World Music and Independent Film Festival at Washington DC for “Women Composers”
Works as: : journalist and editor (economics, law, consumers, specialized in aviation and space, technology and environment, investigative reporter, TV- and radio-producer, cameraman (DP) expert for aircraft accidents, media coach, teacher for journalism, photography and filmmaking, director.
Specials: : private pilot (PiC + 6.500 hr), scuba-diving, digital and analog camera- and editing systems (AVID, FCP, FCP X), helicopter based aerial videography (FLIR) and remote controlled drones, investigative research, computer systems and applications (Apple and Windows), photoshop, web-design and social media, internet-campaigning.
1982 – – 1986 Studies of Law at Rh. Friedrich-Wilhems-Universität, Bonn
1984 – – 1986 movie “Jannan – the extradition“ (script, director, producer)
1986 – – 1989 Studies of Art in Urbino, Italy – film editing in Rome
Since 1989 working for : : DW, ARD, ZDF, Arte, 3SAT, RTL, SAT 1, VOX, PRO 7, RAI, NRK, KRO, CBS, NBC, Phönix, ABC Australia, DDP, SFR, ORF as well as private production companies with the following formats: news, economics, science, current affairs, aviation, documentaries
1996 – – 2005 correspondent in the USA for Swiss media productions
Since 2005 back in Germany, author, editor, producer and DoP for private and public owned broadcast and print media, media-coach, guest lecturer for photography and digital media, int’l coordinator and supervising art director for the necropolis-project, filmmaker