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Raymond F. Longacre Award

June 28, 2019

Raymond F. Longacre Award

Established to honor the memory of MAJ Raymond F. Longacre, MC, USA. It is given annually for outstanding accomplishment in the psychological and psychiatric aspects of aerospace medicine. Sponsored by the Aerospace Human Factors Association.

Quay Snyder (center), accepts the Longacre award from Ilaria Cinelli (right), representing the Aerospace Human Factors Association, and AsMA President Vermeiren (left).
   Quay Snyder, M.D., MSPH, President and CEO of the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS), was the recipient of the 2019 Raymond F. Longacre Award. He was honored for being a world leader in education, program design, and implementation in the psychological and psychiatric aspects of aviation medicine. He has been actively involved in supporting the psychological health of professional pilots and air traffic control specialists for many years. His educational efforts as HIMS Program Manager positively impacts hundreds of pilots struggling with addictive diseases. Advocating for Peer Pilot Support programs for those with mental distress and creating Fitness for Duty psychological and neurocognitive assessment and rehabilitation programs for failing aviators, he has consistently worked to improve the mental health of aviation professionals worldwide. 
   Dr. Snyder graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He earned his M.D. at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, in 1981 and served a Residency in Family Practice at Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Andrews AFB, MD, in 1984. He graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, in 1992 with an MSPH, and then served a residency in Aerospace Medicine at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, TX.
   Dr. Snyder is board certified in aerospace medicine, addiction medicine, occupational medicine, and family practice. He served for 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard as a flight surgeon, instructor pilot, and in leadership positions. He was an aerobatics and spin instructor at the USAF Academy's 94th FTS, receiving the squadron’s Attached Instructor Pilot of the Year award in 2000 and retired in 2002. He currently serves as an FAA Safety Team representative and has been a Master Certified Flight Instructor since 2003.
   Dr. Snyder has been the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), International, Aeromedical Advisor since 2010, after serving as Associate Aeromedical Advisor since 1994. He is also FAA/ALPA HIMS Program Manager, a member of the Flight Safety Foundation's Corporate Advisory Committee, and the NBAA Safety Committee, chairing the Fitness for Duty Working Group. He is President/CEO of Virtual Flight Surgeons (Aviation Medicine Advisory Service), providing medical certification and aviation safety guidance for pilot and air traffic controller unions as well as business and general aviation pilots. He also serves on the National Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and is a Fellow and member of the Council of the Aerospace Medical Association. He also serves on the FAA Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee Medical Expert Working Group. Most recently, he has chaired the National Business Aviation Associations Safety Committee’s Fitness for Duty Working Group and cochaired AsMA’s Pilot Mental Health Working Group.
   Dr. Snyder holds board certification in Aerospace Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Family Practice, and Occupational Medicine. He has been an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (Gold Seal) since 1975 and actively serves as a Designated Pilot Examiner since 1998 and FAA Safety Team representative since 2003. He recently received the Soaring Society of America’s World Distance Award for 40,000 km (Earth’s circumference) of solo cross-country flight in his ASK-24B glider. He is the author of more than 90 scientific papers and articles on aviation medical issues in various professional pilot journals. He has been twice a finalist for the Malcolm Grow Award, a recipient of the Howard R. Unger Literary Award, and the General George E. Schafer Award from the Society of USAF Flight Surgeons. He has also received the Marie Marvingt and Boothby-Edwards Awards from the Aerospace Medical Association, as well as the NBAA Safety Committee’s inaugural Meritorious Service Award in 2014.