"My biggest concern today is the exposure of the cyber social space for our young aviators and the increased demand it places on them to balance their personal life with professional life and the professional demands on them," Browne said at an aerospace medicine conference in Bangalore.

Observing that the younger generation was more convinced about "I, me and myself syndrome", Browne said that the internet and social media had actually made the problem worse. "What I believe is that we have to get back to basics of developing relationship, developing a team and finding out new leadership challenges and skills to overcome these problems," Browne said at the 53rd annual conference of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM).

Asserting that an aviator cannot be operating in a standalone mode, the IAF chief said that since the pilot has to be a part of a larger team, pressures of the environment, which impinge upon him in daily life is a matter of concern.

"In such a scenario, the pressures of the environment which impinge upon these young men and women in daily life are something that bothers me a lot. I only hope these are not carried with him (pilot) into the cockpit," Browne pointed out.

Calling upon the aerospace medicine specialists to address the problem, the IAF chief said unless they (specialists) understand what a pilot goes through and unless they knew him well, they would not be able to advise him or caution him on where he is actually going right or wrong.

"I only hope these (social problems) are not carried with him (pilot) into the cockpit. This is where the aerospace medicine specialists come in. Because unless you are plugged in, unless you understand what he (pilot) goes through, unless you know him well, you will not be able to advise him or to caution him where he is actually going right or wrong," Browne told the specialists.


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