• 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.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 8:00 AM

ICASM 2015

The Congress will be held under the auspices of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine and the Organizing Committee are planning to assemble a varied and exciting program cover... 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, October 26, 2015 8:00 AM

2015 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 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

Tuesday, November 03, 2015 8:00 AM

Injury Mechanism Analysis in Aerospace Accident Investigation Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for the AAM research staff and other members of the aeromedical community (government, academia, and industry) to learn the best methods of... 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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July 27, 2015

AOPA Requests FAA to Restore Sim Time

In formal comments filed with the FAA in July, AOPA asked the agency to expedite publication of a final rule that would once again allow pilots to count more hours in an approved aviation training ...

July 27, 2015

ALPA President Testifies Before Congress

In testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Transportation Security in July, Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), underscored the union’s...

July 27, 2015

SAA Official Airline of the Trek4Mandela Expedition

South African Airways (SAA) is proud to have been the official carrier for the Trek4Mandela Expedition, where an intrepid group of mountain climbers trekked up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds in s...

July 27, 2015

Air Canada's Foundation Raises Money for Children

Air Canada’s Foundation’s annual golf tournament netted over $1,000,000 in support of organizations focused on the health and wellbeing of children in Canada.

July 27, 2015

Mayo Clinic Uncovers Key Differences in ALS Patients

Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have identified key differences between patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and those with the...

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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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Dr Patrick Laughlin: Mercury 7 Astronaut Physician

AsMA member, Dr. C. Patrick Laughlin, was one of the physicians that provided medical oversight for the seven Mercury astronauts. A discussion of his experiences working with the Mercury astronauts...
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AsMA Response to Draft Legislation on Third Class Medical Certification

Section 2 of the draft legislation titled Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (H.R. 1062 and S. 571) makes significant changes to the medical certification requirements for a large portion of U.S. Private...
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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

Examples of primary prevention for cardiovascular disease include all of the following EXCEPT:

a. control of high blood pressure.
b. control of congestive heart failure.
c. control of high blood cholesterol.
d. increasing physical activity.
e. cessation of smoking.

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