• Aerospace Medicine in Military Aviation

    Military aviation operations present numerous unique Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance issues.  Sustained acceleration, fatigue, orientation problems, and attention management issues are just a few.


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  • Aerospace Medicine in Commercial Aviation

    Commercial aviation presents Aerospace Medicine problems for the aircrew, ground support crews, and the passengers they serve.


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  • Aerospace Medicine in General Aviation

    General aviation aircraft present unique Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance problems.  Human Performance factors continue to be leading causes of General Aviation mishaps.


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  • Space Medicine

    Human participation in space operations presents some of the most interesting and challenging Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance problems.  Microgravity, bone density and muscle atrophy issues, radiation exposure, and thermal stressors are just some of the space medicine problems.


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  • Human Performance

    The ability for humans to perform under extreme environmental conditions poses challenging problems for Aerospace Medicine professionals.  Altitude, thermal issues, fatigue, acceleration, and numerous other environmental stressors must be appropriately managed to ensure optimized human performance.  Managing the mission environment through technology requires a process of human-centered design and acquisition known as Human Systems Integration.


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The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aerospace medicine and human performance.

AsMA is an umbrella group providing a forum for many different disciplines to come together and share their expertise for the benefit of all persons involved in air and space travel. The Association has provided its expertise to a multitude of Federal and international agencies on a broad range of issues, including aviation and space medical standards, the aging pilot, and physiological stresses of flight. AsMA's membership includes aerospace medicine specialists, flight nurses, physiologists, psychologists, human factors specialists, physician assistants, and researchers in this field. Most are with industry, civil aviation regulatory agencies, departments of defense and military services, the airlines, space programs, and universities.

Approximately 30% of the membership originate from outside the United States.

Through the efforts of the AsMA members, safety in flight and man's overall adaptation to adverse environments have been more nearly achieved.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 12:00 AM

Flying Physicians 61st Association Annual Meeting

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:00 AM

XXVIII National Congress of AIMAS

The Associazione Italiana de Medicina Aeronautica e Spaziale (Italian Association of Aeronautical and Space Medicine) national meeting is designed for flight surgeons, AMEs, flight nurses, and huma... Read More

Monday, October 12, 2015 12:00 AM

66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2015)

The IAC is the one place and time of the year when all space actors come together. Global, multidisciplinary and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space informati... Read More

Monday, November 02, 2015 8:00 AM

International Air Safety Summit

The International Air Safety Summit (IASS) is held annually and provides a forum for examining safety matters of special concern to the international aviation community. Read More

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The Official Journal of the Aerospace Medical Association

The peer-reviewed monthly journal provides contact with physicians, life scientists, bioengineers, and medical specialists working in both basic medical research and in its clinical applications...

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May 22, 2015

Millet Is Incoming President of AMDA

David P. Millett, M.D., M.P.H., is the new President of the Airlines Medical Directors Association (AMDA).

May 22, 2015

Monberg to Head LSBEB

Lt. Col. Robert M. Monberg, USAF, MC, SFS, is the incoming President of the Life Sciences & Bioengineering Branch (LSBEB).

May 22, 2015

Gardetto Incoming AsPS President

Col. Paul R. Gardetto, USAF (Ret.), is the incoming President of the Aerospace Physiology Society (AsPS).

May 22, 2015

Kerstman to Lead SNFS

Eric L. Kerstman, M.D., M.P.H., FAAPMR, is the incoming President of the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons (SNFS).

May 22, 2015

Lucas Will Head SUSNFS

CAPT Christopher C. Lucas, USN, MC, is the incoming President for the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons (SUSNFS).

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Benefits of Membership

  • Join a Joint Effort Toward a Universal Goal
  • Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Monthly Professional Journal
  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Mentorship Program


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GMU Offers Pandemics Course

George Mason University (GMU) is offering a Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and International Security Course from July 22-24, 2015, at GMU's Arlington Campus from 9 AM to 5 PM. This non-credit course...

Call for Unpublished Research

Dr. Suzanne T. Bell and her colleagues are working on a quantitative review and data-mining effort for NASA’s Behavioral Health and Performance (BHP) Element focused on team research that has...

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Passenger Travel Info

The Aerospace Medical Association offers free information publications for passengers preparing for commercial airline travel.  We also offer more detailed medical guidelines for physicians that can be used to advise patients with preexisting illness planning to travel by air.

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Question of the Day

In patients with chronic obstructive airway disease:

a. the safety of air transportation is improved if supplementary oxygen is available.
b. respiratory status may decline if 100% oxygen is given.
c. pulmonary function tests provide a useful indication of likely inflight problems
d. flight is contraindicated if there is dyspnea at rest.
e. all of the above are correct.

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