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 the US Private Pilots.  The Aerospace Medical Association leadership and committees have carefully reviewed the draft legislation and a letter was sent to the FAA Administrator, members of the US Congressional General Aviation Caucus, members of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, as well as the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation.  The letter describes concerns with Section 2 of the draft legislation and encourages the use of the FAA Notice of Prposed Rule Making Processes so comments and concerns from teh public can be properly voiced and considered by the rule makers.


AsMA Response to Pilot Mental Health Issue

AsMA President, Philip J. Scarpa, Jr., MD, MS, reponds to Pilot Mental Health Issues.

2015 AsMA Slate of Officers Announced

At the direction of the AsMA President, Dr. Philip J. Scarpa, Jr., the 2015 AsMA Slate of Officers is being made available to AsMA members to review in advance of the AsMA Annual Business Meeting.  According to the Aerospace Medical Association Bylaws (dated 13 May 2014), Article XI, Section 3., paragraph N. Nominating Committee, a slate of officers has been provided by the AsMA Nominating Committee for consideration during the AsMA Annual Business Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  The Annual Business Meeting will be conducted in the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel, Northern Hemisphere A3/A4.  If you will be attending the 86th Annual Scientific Meeting, please be sure to attend this business meeting and participate in the business of your Aerospace Medical Association.

AsMA members can view the 2015 AsMA Slate of Officers by logging into the Members Only section of the website and selecting "AsMA Blast E-mails" from the menu on the left side of the webpage.  

Members - Ensure You Receive Blast E-mails

Blast e-mails offer an efficient and effective method for distributing important information to the AsMA members.  It recently came to our attention that some AsMA members are not receiving our Vertical Response blast e-mails.  This may be due to the settings in your network firewall or SPAM filters.  We use a blast e-mail service provided by Vertical Response to send you important information.  The Vertical Response domain name in the e-mail address may be triggering your network or computer filters to block the delivery of our blast e-mails.  There are simple steps you can take to add the Vertical Response domain to your Safe Senders List.  Read the directions for adding the Vertical Response domain to your Safe Senders List here.

We recently established an AsMA Blast E-mails webpage on our website.  AsMA Members should log into the Members Only section and select the "AsMA Blast E-mails" link from the menu on the left side of the Members Only Home Page.  You will be able to see the recent blast e-mails sent to AsMA members.

NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program Soliciting Applications

The application period for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program is now open. One-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any U.S. laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. 

NSBRI’s First Award Fellowship Program allows future space life scientists, engineers, and physicians to train as independent investigators with one year of support at universities, research institutes, government laboratories, or commercial entities nationwide.

Fellowships enable young scientists to manage their own space-related biomedical research projects while continuing to learn from experienced faculty mentors. The program serves as a mechanism to strengthen the high-tech workforce of the future, with alumni of the program having successfully transitioned into positions within academia, industry, or government. 
Applicants are required to submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution, and all proposals will be evaluated by a scientific peer-review panel. Selected applicants receive a stipend, allowance for health insurance, and travel funds for related scientific meetings. This year's applicants can potentially spend part of their fellowship in Russia, via the NSBRI-Institute of Biomedical Problems  (IBMP) International Postdoctoral Exchange Program.

Detailed program and application submission information is available at: The application deadline is June 5, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST. Questions may be directed to Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler at or 713-798-3013. For additional information about NSBRI's First Award Fellowship Program please visit:

NSBRI is a 501(c)3 organization funded by NASA. Its mission is to lead a national program to mitigate the health risks related to human spaceflight and to apply the discoveries to improve life on Earth. Annually, the Institute's science, technology, and education projects take place at approximately 60 institutions and companies across the United States. For more information, please visit

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 information, developments but above all contacts and potential partnerships. Each year, the IAC changes country, theme and local organizer, enabling all to learn more about, and be a part of the world space scene.

Aeromedical Lessons Learned from Columbia Shuttle Mishap

Reflecting current efforts and understanding, Loss of Signal aims to present the story of Columbia from an aerospace medical angle, focusing holistically on what is important for future investigations and analysis of spacecraft mishaps. This book is written by those who participated in the crew recovery and analysis and is written from their first-hand perspective of the events. The loss of a human crew implies sensitivities that must be balanced against the public and industry need to know, with the guiding principle being prevention of further mishaps and enhanced protection for crewmembers.

Learn more here.