About the Aerotoxic Association
Captain John Hoyte founded the Aerotoxic Association on 18th June 2007 at the Houses of Parliament.
As a former BAe 146 pilot, he wanted to support aircrew and passengers whose short and long-term health had also been affected by toxic oil fume exposure in the confined space of commercial jets; otherwise know as Aerotoxic Syndrome.
Captain Hoyte had to retire due to ongoing severe symptoms of Aerotoxic Syndrome. He was one of 27 BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association) pilots tested by University College London. All 27 participants showed evidence of toxic poisoning and reduced cognitive function.
The Aerotoxic Association (AeA) has provided guidance and advice to thousands of airline pilots, cabin crew and passengers in regards to Aerotoxic Syndrome. This syndrome is known to affect the peripheral central nervous system and the brain causing a range of gastro-intestinal, neurological and psychological symptoms. While Governments across the world claim that “there is no positive evidence of public ill health caused by toxic cabin air in jet airliners with the sole exception of the ‘bleed-free’ B787”, the cover-up of the Aerotoxic scandal continues.
The last 10 years have brought partial success with the ‘bleed free’ Boeing 787 of 2009.
In September 2017, EasyJet agreed to be the first airline in the world to filter bleed air. Also, a research paper was published in 2017 by the World Health Organisation called ‘Aerotoxic Syndrome – a new occupational disease?’ The most important was the Australian High Court victory of Turner vs East West Airlines on 3rd September 2010; yet no formal medical recognition of a cause of long-term health in both aircrew and passengers.
It is vital AeA continues to gain media coverage and call governments and airlines into account by gathering evidence. Aircrew and passengers are able to formally report ‘oil fume events’ via this website as proof for politicians of the ongoing cover up in order to become active.
We would encourage all those who have suffered aerotoxic poisoning on a flight to document their experience, receive immediate and appropriate medical attention and where necessary gain compensation.
Below are the aims and objectives of the Aerotoxic Assocation:
- Support for sufferers of Aerotoxic Syndrome;
- Informing the public of the harm associated with poor aircraft Cabin Air Quality and the causative link to Aerotoxic Syndrome;
- The publication of balanced, factual information related to Cabin Air Quality;
- To work with industry and regulators to demand the implementation of known and available solutions.
The Aerotoxic Association will continue to work on behalf of those who have Aerotoxic Syndrome in memory of former BA pilot Richard Westgate and all air crew who have died as a result of aerotoxic poisoning.
Cpt John Hoyte