• 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.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 9:00 AM

Human Spaceflight: UK Strategy in the Run-Up to Tim Peake’s Flight

This conference will provide an opportunity to respond to the publication of a UK Government policy paper on human spaceflight. The timeliness is heightened by the impending launch of Tim Peake to ... Read More

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 9:00 AM

Infectious Diseases, Air and Space Travel

The annual RAeS Aerospace Medicine symposium will explore a variety of issues related to infectious diseases including aeromedical evacuation, airline passengers and space. It will provide a unique... 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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November 24, 2015

Lukos Is Newest Corporate Member

Lukos LLC is the Aerospace Medical Association’s (AsMA’s) newest Corporate & Sustaining Member.

November 24, 2015

AOPA Working to Clear Up ATP Knowledge Test Confusion

AOPA is working with the FAA to clear up any confusion over rules governing the airline transport pilot (ATP) airplane knowledge test.

November 24, 2015

ALPA Convenes Discussion on Safety in the Air Cargo Industry

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), gathered industry experts from across aviation’s all-cargo sector for a rare, in-depth discussion about the best ways improve safety and s...

November 24, 2015

Air Canada Named a Top Employer

Air Canada has been recognized for the third consecutive year as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” in an annual employer survey by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

November 24, 2015

Baxter Recognized for Sustainability

Baxter International Inc. has been recognized as a corporate sustainability leader for the 16th consecutive year as part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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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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Medical Challenges in Extreme Air Sports & in Aviation

The World Air Games, conducted under the rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is the premier international multi-sports event fielding the world’s top Air Sports Athlete...
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AsMA Pilot Mental Health Recommendations Updated

The AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group recently reviewed their previously published recommendations on pilot mental health screening and updated those recommendations. This review was in respon...
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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

You are involved in the investigation of a general aviation, light airplane crash. Your findings reveal that the crash forces were minimal, and certainly survivable, and yet the pilot received a fatal injury due to head trauma. You conclude that a shoulder restraint would have prevented this injury and recommend that all light aircraft built from this day on should be equipped with shoulder harnesses. How many years would it be before all aircraft would have shoulder restraints (what is the serviceable average life of general aviation aircraft already in the fleet)?

a. 5 years
b. 10 years
c. 15 years
d. 20 years

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