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Virgil Baloescu Has Died

March 17, 2021

Virgil Baloescu Has Died

The European aviation medicine community has been saddened by the loss of esteemed neuro-psychiatrist Col. Dr. Virgil Baloescu, who died in early March.

Dr. Baloescu worked in the Romanian Air Force both as flight surgeon and neuro-psychiatrist in the Romanian Institute of Aviation Medicine (INMAS). During those years, he also served as a civil aeromedical examiner (AME) in INMAS and acted as medical assessor of the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority and represented Romania in many national and international events and working groups. He was a member of the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) Medical Subcommittee and one of the main co-authors of the psychiatry chapter of the first edition of the JAA Manual of Aviation Medicine. His research activity included in-flight measurements and observations studies, both in the Air Force and in civil aviation, resulting in multiple published articles and presentations during international congresses of aviation medicine, military medicine, and psychiatry.
   After retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Baloescu was one of the first three independent AMEs setting up a private AME practice in Romania. During his career he actively supported a great number of pilots, air traffic controllers, and cabin crew. He managed to establish a trust-based system with his patients and promoted this approach during the education of younger AMEs.
   Dr. Baloescu was one of the founding members and president of the Romanian Civilian Aeromedical Examiners Association (AMERAC), which became a member of ESAM shortly after it was founded. His international work within the JAA system and the early days of ESAM promoted the harmonization and European spirit in aviation medicine.