Our Mission

Pilot International transforms communities by: developing youth, providing service and education, and uplifting families.

Our Vision

Pilot International envisions a world where all are valued.

Founded in Macon, GA in 1921, Pilot International has been dedicated to serve for almost a century. Originally designed as a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, Pilot International has since expanded to include men and women from around the globe and in all walks of life.The historic inspiration for the name was the riverboat pilot who would steer a true course through calm or troubled waters, thus, for almost 100 years, Pilots have served under the motto “True Course Ever.” Today’s Pilots find their “true course” through our charge to do more, care more and BE MORE everyday.

Our Pilot Club of Naples Helmet Fitting Project . . . .. . .

Helmet use is preventing acute concussive symptons in recreational vehicle related head trauma.

Objectives: Helmets use has proved effective in reducing head trauma (HT) severity in children riding nonmotorised recreational vehicles. Scant data are available on their role in reducing concussive symptoms in children with HT while riding nonmotorised recreational vehicles such as bicycles, push scooters and skateboards (BSS). We aimed to investigate whether helmet use is associated with a reduction in acute concussive symptoms in children with BSS-related-HT.

Methods: Prospective study of children <18 years who presented with a BSS related-HT between April
2011 and January 2014 at a tertiary Paediatric Emergency Department (ED).

Results: We included 190 patients. Median age 9.4 years (IQR 4.8–13.8). 66% were riding a bicycle, 23% a push scooter, and 11% a skateboard. 62% were wearing a helmet and 62% had at least one concussive symptom. Multivariate logistic regression analysis adjusting for age, gender, and type of vehicle showed that patients without a helmet presented more likely with headache (adjusted odds-ratio (aOR) 2.54, 95% CI 1.27–5.06), vomiting (aOR 2.16, 95% CI 1.00–4.66), abnormal behaviour (aOR 2.34, 95% CI 1.08–5.06), or the presence of at least one concussive symptom (aOR 2.39, 95% CI 1.20–4.80).

Conclusions: In children presenting to the ED following a wheeled BSS-related HT helmet use was associated with less acute concussive symptoms. 

ABBREVIATIONS: aOR, adjusted odds ratio; APHIRST, Australasian Paediatric Head Injury Rules Study; BSS, bicycles, push scooters and skateboards; CI, confidence interval; CT, computed tomography; ED, emergency department; HT, head trauma; IQR, interquartile range; OR, odds ratio; RCH, Royal Children’s Hospital; RV, recreational vehicle.