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.
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.
Aerospace Medicine in Commercial Aviation
Commercial aviation presents Aerospace Medicine problems for the aircrew, ground support crews, and the passengers they serve.
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.
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.
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 aviation, space, and environmental medicine.
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, 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 25% of the membership is international.
Through the efforts of the AsMA members, safety in flight and man's overall adaptation to adverse environments have been more nearly achieved.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 8:00 AM
Flying Physicians Annual Meeting
FPA 2013 Annual Meeting, June 23-27, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:30 AM
International Civil Air Medical Transportation Conference
It is our honor and pleasure to extend this invitation to join the 1st International Civil Air Medical Transportation Conference Bangkok (ICAMTC), to be held July 23-25, 2013.This conference will b...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 AM
XXVI National Congress of AIMAS - Joint Meeting with ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) Biennial Symposium
The national AIMAS meeting is designed for flight surgeons, Aviation Medical Examiners (AME), flight nurses, and human factor experts working in aerospace medicine. The ELGRA symposium is a f...
Thursday, September 19, 2013 8:00 AM
Flying Physicians Northeast Chapter Meeting
Northeast Chapter Meeting, September 19-22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:00 AM
ICAO/McGill Pre-Assembly Symposium
ICAO and McGill University, Institute of Air & Space Law are again cooperating for the ICAO/McGill Pre-Assembly Symposium. This Symposium will address key issues identified by ICAO and McGill U...
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...
Find Out More
May 30, 2013
Brown to Lead AsHFA
Lt. Col. Cynthia E. Brown, USAF, BSC, is the incoming President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA).
May 30, 2013
Faaborg Is Incoming AsPS President
Maj. Troy P. Faaborg, USAF, will be the new President of the Aerospace Physiology Society (AsPS).
May 30, 2013
Hughes Is Leader of IAMFSP
Lt. Col. Kathryn G. Hughes, USAF, MC, is the new President of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots (IAMFSP).
May 30, 2013
Annicelli Heads LSBEB
Lt. Col. Lance Annicelli, USAF, is the incoming President of the Life Sciences & Bioengineering Branch (LSBEB).
May 30, 2013
Parazynski Leads SMA
Scott E. Parazynski, M.D., is the incoming President of the Space Medicine Association (SMA).
Benefits of Membership
Join a Joint Effort Toward a Universal Goal
Annual Scientific Meeting
Monthly Professional Journal
Continuing Professional Education
NASA has posted an article about microgravity studies aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that are helping researchers discover what drives human immune system responses. This will l...
After meeting with ASAE earlier this year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week provided federal agencies with additional guidance on travel and conferences.
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.
Go to Publications
Question of the Day
You see a 33 year old female Air Traffic Controller for a periodic medical. She complains of feeling tired. She has put on 5 pounds since her last medical a year ago, and complains that her periods have been getting irregular, and of constipation. What would be the most appropriate screening test to order to investigate her symptoms?
a. a serum thyroxine (T4)
b. a free thyroxine index (FT4)
c. a thyroid stimulating hormone level (TSH)
d. anti-thyroid antibody levels
e. a thyroid screening battery
Read the Answer