Dear friends and colleagues of Aerospace Medicine in Europe,

As 2016 soon draws to an end, and most of us hoperfully have some time off with family and friends at Christmas, I think it is appropriate to share some thoughts with the great ESAM family of Aerospace Medicine in Europe.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the working of ESAM, in particular the Executive Committee and past president Kevin Herbert for the great work done the past year, and the Advisory Board so efficiently led by Ries Simons, as well as our representatives in different collaborative fora with EASA, AsMa, EAAP and ECA.  Read more ...

In March 2006, following a couple of preliminary meetings, 22 people representing National Aerospace Medical Associations and other European stakeholders met in Frankfurt am Main to sign the founding documents for the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM). Since that moment on, all of them started working together to work for health and safety for all persons involved in aviation and space operations, coordinating European aerospace medicine in the applicable fora.

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Dear Members, as most of you already know from the nomination request sent to your national society, during the General Assembly that is to take place during ECAM 2016 in Oslo, we will have the chance to express our vote for the election of the new Executive Committee of European Society of Aerospace Medicine. We are looking forward to having as many of you as possible at the General Assembly meeting.

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Dr. Roland Vermeiren reports on collaboration between medical doctors, pilots, psychologists and international bodies

After the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 on 24 March last year owing to actions taken by the co-pilot, there is a lot happening at the aviation medicine level in terms of looking at ways of prevention or better risk identification. Changes are taking place at all levels: worldwide with ICAO, at the European level with EASA, and also at regional level.

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Author: Ries Simons
Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2016; 87(7):659–660.

Since the tragic accident of Germanwings flight 4U9525, there has been discussion about methods to identify and prevent suicidality in pilots. Neurogenetic scientists claim that biomarker tests for suicidality as part of healthcare assessments may lead to early identification of suicidal behavior.

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Kevin Herbert, M.B.Ch.B., D.Av.Med., was the 2016 recipient of the John A. Tamisiea Award for his outstanding leadership and inspiration in all fields of aviation medicine.

The award was presented during AsMA Honors Night Ceremonies, April 28, 2016, at the Harrah’s Resort Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. Dr. Herbert started the European ‘Fly Safe, Fly Well’ project, which highlighted the importance of mental health and preventive aspects in the daily work of all AMEs.

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Mayo Clinic: Office for Human Research Protection Email Consent Script
Protocol Title: Airline transport pilots and mental health: A Comparison of the medical certification process between the U.S. and various European countries.
IRB #: 15-008911

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In a joint initiative to strengthen the relationship between aviation medical examiners and pilots, the European associations ESAM, EAAP and ECA have issued today their joint approach to medical and mental fitness assessments of pilots. It endorses a key set of guidelines developed by the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). This step constitutes a milestone in strengthening aeromedical assessments, taking into account the increasing relevance of psychosocial stressors, mental health aspects, and the changing working environment that pilots are exposed to. Read more ...

Joint statement by the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) on the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) Pilot Mental Health: Expert Working Group Recommendations – Revised 2015

The three organisations have individually, and jointly, reviewed the latest AsMA pilot mental health recommendations of Sept. 2015 and wish to endorse them as a valuable guidance for assessing pilot health, and – more generally – for raising awareness of mental health issues.

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There is one nominee for the post of President elect:

Dr. Anthony S. Wagstaff has been active in the field of Aviation Medicine for over 20 years, both in Clinical Aviation Medicine, Research and Teaching, as well as a Civilian and Military advisor. Read more ...
Dear Presidents of the Member Organisations of ESAM,

The Nomination Committee is making the preliminary arrangements for the election of the President Elect at the General Assembly on Sunday 20th September 2015. Read more ...

Unfit private pilots in Europe?
The European parliament will be enacting into European Law the proposals for the medical certification of a pilot's fitness to fly, based upon the published opinion of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

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