A big loss for European aviation medicine world

Per Harald Aarva was born 28.01.1939 in Rørås, Norway. He studied medicine in Göttingen, Germany where he graduated in 1968. He became a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology in 1980, and occupational medicine in 1994.

He was Chief Medical Officer of CAA Norway from 1982 until 2009, and a Member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine from 1994. He was a participant in many ICASM congresses, and was central in the organization of the ICASM congress in Oslo in 1997.

Per was a leading figure in Norwegian Civil Aviation Medicine, and very active in European Aviation medicine, particularly during the development of JAA (precursor to EASA) medical requirements. He had an important role in the founding of the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM) in 2006.

He was respected by Norwegian pilots for his clarity and fairness in aeromedical decision-making, and by colleagues and friends as a knowledgeable and wise professional and leader and as a true gentleman. 

Per Harald Aarva was also a keen musician, playing violin and viola in a district symphony orchestra.

He passed away on 13.01.2022, leaving his wife Bodil, three daughters and 2 grandchildren.