Membership Database Transition

AsMA Headquarters will be transitioning to a new membership relational database beginning 3:00pm, June 1st until June 7. During this transition period, access to information and transactions from our database will not be accessible. These include, but are not limited: to membership renewals, new membership applications, updating member profile, and directory/committee searches. If you are interested in joining AsMA, please complete the membership application and fax to (703) 739-9652. Please direct any question related to this database transition via email to Gisselle Vargas or call 703-739-2240 x 104.

FAA to Finalize Rule Allowing Oxygen Machines on Flights

The Hill (5/23, Wheeler, 884K) reports that the FAA is finalizing a rule, which will “allow travelers with medically diagnosed breathing problems to carry their oxygen machines with them on flights.” The article writes that the rule requires the machines to be “approved by the Food and Drug Administration, must not contain any hazardous materials and must not interfere with aircraft systems.” The FAA “said manufacturers will save $108,000 over 10 years from no longer having to petition the FAA for a rulemaking with each new device they want to add to the list of POCs approved for use aboard an aircraft.” The FAA also estimates airlines will save $39 million “in the time it takes crew members to review notes from physicians.”

BEA Germanwings 9525 Final Report Released

The Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile (BEA) released the final report on their investigation of the Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed in the French Alps on March 24, 2015. The AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group worked closely with the BEA investigation team and several of the AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group's recommendations are incorporated in the BEA final report.

Go to the AsMA Pilot Mental Health webpage.

Access the BEA Final Report on the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident.

Zika Virus Disease Information for Travelers

A recent meeting by an Emergency Committee at WHO concluded that there is no justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika Virus.

The CDC additionally issued an interim set of recommendations for pregnant women considering travel to an area of Zika virus transmission:

  • Consider postponing travel to ongoing Zika affected areas;
  • If travelling is unavoidable, strictly follow measures to prevent mosquito bites. DEET, picaridin and IR3535 are safe for pregnant women;
  • Health care providers attending pregnant women should ask about recent travel. Women who traveled to Zika Fever affected areas should be tested for Zika virus disease;
  • Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) can be performed for symptomatic patients with onset of symptoms within the previous week. IgM and neutralizing antibody testing should be performed on specimens collected from 4 and more days after the beginning of symptoms.

Read the entire AsMA document titled "Zika Virus Disease Information for Travelers"

Winner of the 2015 AsMA Fellows Scholarship

The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the winner of the 2015 scholarship.  Babak Alagha, M.D. won the scholarship for his presentation and publication of a manuscript on "Conservative Management of Mechanical Neck Pain in a Helicopter Pilot”.  

The $2,000 AsMA Fellows Scholarship is funded by the AsMA Foundation and is presented annually to an AsMA member who is a student in an aerospace medicine residency program, graduate program in aerospace medicine (Master or Ph.D.), medical certificate or aerospace diploma course, or in a full time education/training program in the allied fields of nursing, physiology, human factors, psychology, ergonomics, and engineering.  Selection criteria include delivering a slide or poster presentation as a first author at the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting and then submitting a manuscript as first author for publication in AsMA’s Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance Journal based on the same topic and/or material covered in the slide or poster presentation.   The winner is selected by the AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee based on the high scientific value, originality, quality and relevance of the candidates' presentations and published manuscripts.  

Melchor Antuñano, M.D., M.S.

AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee

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 response to the March 2015 Germanwings accident. Read the updated Pilot Mental Health recommendations.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. Congressional General Aviation Caucus, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, as well as the U.S. 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 the public can be properly voiced and considered by the rule makers.


AsMA Response to Pilot Mental Health Issues

AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group Chairperson, Philip J. Scarpa, Jr., MD, MS, reponds to Pilot Mental Health Issues. Learn more about AsMA's efforts related to pilot mental health issues by visiting our Pilot Mental Health webpage.

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.