• 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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  • 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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  • 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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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.
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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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December 05, 2016


The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the winner of the 2016 scholarship.  Karina Marshall Goebel, Ph.D. won the scholarship for her presentation and...

December 01, 2016

In Memoriam - Don White

AsMA was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Col. Donald J. White, USAF (Ret.), FRAeS, FAsHFA, FAsMA.

November 23, 2016

December Presidents Page

The AsMA and the European Congress of Aerospace Medicine
David P. Gradwell, B.Sc., Ph.D., M.B.Ch.B., D.Av.Med., FRCP, FRCP Edin., FRAeS, FAsMA

November 16, 2016

Aerospace Physiology Board Certification Announcement 2017


November 15, 2016

In Memoriam - Anita Mantri

AsMA was deeply saddened by the passing of Anita Mantri, a third year student Texas A&M College of Medicine, Houston.

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  • Join a Joint Effort Toward a Universal Goal
  • Annual Scientific Meeting
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Draft AsMA Resolution Available for Review and Comment

In accordance with the AsMA Bylaws, Article XII, Section 3, Para P, dated April 26, 2016, a draft AsMA Resolution i...

Volunteers Needed for 45-Day HERA Study

NASA-JSC Test Subject Screenin...

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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

Studies of aircraft accidents over the past several decades consistently lists "pilot error" as the cause in about 70 percent of the accidents. The best approach to improving this situation should be based on which of the following premise?

a. Pilots continue to do things incorrectly. Additional training on flight procedures and the operation of aircraft systems is required.
b. Flight training should put increased emphasis on topics such as attention and motivation.
c. Accident rates will only decrease when all aircraft have cockpit voice recorders and video systems so pilot actions during an accident sequence can be studied in depth.
d. Selection procedures for aviation personnel must be continually improved to identify "error-prone" individuals prior to their entering flight training.
e. Pilots should be considered as one of many component of a total flight management system. Attention then should be given to the pilot's actions and to those system features (control design, information presentation, etc.) that might have led the pilot to improper action.

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