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President's Column (Washington, DC - 10 April 99)

Dear IAMFSP Members:

This is my final column as President of the IAMFSP. I have been privileged to be your President for the past two years, just as I was to be your VP from 1995-7 and Sec/Treas from 1991-93. In that time, the energy and interest of our members have driven the Association to new levels of productivity. Our scientific panels continue to be one of our biggest contributions to the community each year, and we are hovering at 100 members at a time when the AsMA membership roles have been declining.

We are reaching a wider audience than ever before, due to our significantly upgraded capability to respond to the field and stay in touch with each other via e-mail and the web-page. Due to these innovations, we are available for consultation world-wide, and many people are very interested and excited about what we have to offer. Our level of participation and leadership in AsMA and in the aerospace medicine community at large is something we can all be very proud of. In that light - I believe we can do even more.

We can make our voices even louder in this community by reaching the number of 100 current (dues-paying) members, and applying for constituent status in AsMA. We have proven we are valuable and that we have staying power. Accordingly, we should have an even greater influence at the executive table of AsMA and help to actively shape its future. Constituent status would give us that louder voice. We are privileged to have AsMA Past-Presidents and several AsMA Executive Council Members in the IAMFSP. I will leave it to you to help lead this discussion in Detroit and on our e-list.

I will finish ICAF in June, and move down the river to Bolling AFB to take over as Chief of the Aerospace Medicine Division at the Surgeon General s Office. I know I can count on you to help me as I seek wise council in my new job - a very comforting thought! And I promise you that I will stay very involved in the IAMFSP and offer updates from the USAF Aerospace Medicine Division on a recurring basis.

Malcolm Braithwaite takes over as IAMFSP President in Detroit in May. And Dwight Holland has volunteered to stay on as Sec/Treas. The Association is in very good hands! I will miss you this year but plan to see you all next year!

Warmest regards- Tom

VP's Report for Spring Newsletter

As I will be taking up the reins as President from Tom Travis who will regrettably be absent from Detroit (we wish him well on his war studies), my input to this season's newsletter is primarily concerned with the business meeting.

Therefore, the proposed agenda with some notes follows below. We all remember that time is short at these meetings, so now that we have the ability to correspond with the majority (?) by E-mail prior to the event, please give these matters some consideration before May.

I am happy to take agenda points prior to the meeting (up until 11 May 99 after which I will be heading stateside). However, I reserve the right to prioritize the items, and unless you are quick and have a REALLY IMPORTANT POINT, please be ready for disappointment that your suggestion did not get aired (this time)!

AGENDA (with background points for your consideration prior to the meeting)

1. Introduction

2. Web Site: approval of the new site
(Background -- most of you will be well aware that Harry Hoffman has "tamed" the technology to give us a really effective website. At present it is free of charge but subject to the vagaries of advertising - is it useful? Do we want to change anything? Can we do more "inter-meeting" business and voting on business issues by this means?

3. Corresponding Members
(Background -- Ben Kallner proposed during debate at the 1998 meeting and subsequently to the Association Executive by E-mail and Fax that "corresponding members" of the IAMFSP will meet the same requirements as other members, with the exception that AsMA membership is not required. Corresponding members will receive newsletters, may attend Association business meetings, vote on all Association business, participate in the annual scientific panel, but may not hold office. Members in this category will NOT count toward constituent status on the AsMA Executive Council, but will be listed as a member and be accessible for expert consultation if they submit their information to the IAMFSP web site. Further "succinct" debate on this issue is welcomed. The topic will require a formal proposal, and seconder).

4. AsMA Constituent Status
(Background -- We require 100 members before we can "upgrade" from being an affiliate organization to a constituent. The President looks to those with an involvement in AsMA committee business to"lead" this debate).

5. IAMFSP "Chapters"
(Background - VP had hoped to bring this to debate last year. Is there an interest/requirement to have other meetings throughout the year by region in the US/North American continent?).

6. Elect New VP and Sec/Treas
(Background -- During this past year Dwight Holland very willingly stepped into the fray (was press-ganged??) to be Sec/Treas. I am sure you agree that he has done a splendid job. He is willing to continue for at least one more year until May 2000, with a possibility of serving an additional year for a full two-year term from May 99 (as long as workload allows). Protocol dictates that the membership should agree and therefore his appointment must be formally proposed, seconded, and voted upon. Please also think seriously about proposals for VP from May 99).

7. News from Member Countries
(Background -- a traditional agenda item -- senior representatives please come "armed" for a short synopsis and edited highlights!).

8. Scientific Panel Subject for AsMA 2000
(Background - a possible topic from last year's meeting was the concern over the use of flight simulators in lieu of flight time for continuation training - still on offer?).

9. Photograph
(Background - although we had one taken last year to replace the USAF flying club on the web site, the print has never materialized. Sec/Treas - please obtain a camera (with film in it !).

10. Update on NSAWC/TOPGUN - Cdr Kris Belland (Navy Flight Surgeon/Aviator)

See you in Detroit!

Very kind regards,



E-MAIL LIST: Since its establishment in mid-September 1998, the e-mail list has grown to over 60 subscribers. At the eGroup online archives:

...about 250 messages have been accessed by 45 different list members.

As of this writing (4/6/99) 115 total messages have been sent to the list by subscribers. Our list is private and only members can read the online e-mail archives. If you want to read the old messages, go to the address above. If you haven't registered (free) before, then you will have to go through the process online before you can access our pages. This is just an added privacy feature. Once you have done it, browser "cookies" will allow you to return to the page using the same computer without logging in again unless you "log out" after your session.

One benefit of the list (in combination with the website) has been the successful distribution of the electronic version of the IAMFSP Newsletters.

Joining the list is simple - Send a blank e-mail FROM THE ACCOUNT YOU WANT AFFECTED to either subscribe or unsubscribe as follows:


You can use the above e-mail commands to change e-mail addresses. Unfortunately it's not possible to just update addresses - you have to unsubscribe the old and resubscribe with the new one. Please feel free to pass this information along to any members (or prospective members) with e-mail access.

If you prefer, just send e-mail to me (Harry Hoffman) and I will subscribe you and assist in setting up your preferences.

WEB SITE: The revised version of the IAMFSP Web Page has been up and running at the new URL (web address) for about two months now:

The web counter on the page indicates over 6,500 visitors (this figure includes about 5,800 visits to the old AOL site), so there is good exposure. Tom Travis continues his vigilance as the recipient of all e-mail sent to the IAMFSP address that comes with our free Geocities website: .

Please try to visit the site if you haven't already checked it out. We need some updated photos to put on the page, so if you have any that might be good for public display, please send them to me in digital format (.JPG format and no larger than 60-80K is best). Any suggestions for page content are appreciated.

Thanks and Best Wishes,

Harry Hoffman, MD, MPH

Interim Secretary/Treasurer Report

Once again hello from from the twin academic ivory towers of VA TECH School of Engineering and UVA Medical School. Our President, Col Tom Travis and I have been discussing the student work of writing papers, etc. and so I understand and feel your pain, Tom!

It is a pleasure to report that our organization is in a very healthy financial status with the following balance sheet BEFORE this mailing as of the 13th of April. Thanks to L/C Pete Mapes, our former Sec/Treas who set us up in a Money Market Fund a few years back and to most members that pay dues in a timely fashion, we are in a very healthy financial position as can be seen below.

Financial Balance Sheet (April 13th , 1999 computations)

Checking: $107.59

Savings: $ 302.79

Money Market: $ 3893.74

Cost of last mailing, address labels, copies: $102.04

Note-- This mailing cost would have been much higher had we not used the internet to get out many of the Newletters to members through that medium.

Members Paid Ahead on Dues (indicates year paid through)

James Baker 2005
Dwight Holland 2002
Tom Travis 2000

Other members are invited to pay ahead on dues.

Returned Mail From Members

Please forward me a note if anyone knows the whereabouts of these members, their mail was returned to me with no forwarding address.

Dr. Chuck Antonio, Dr Peter Nash

IAMFSP Business Meeting, Panel, and Social in Detroit

This year we will have a social after the Business Meeting that is currently scheduled for May 18th in the Michelangelo Room from 5:30 pm until whenever we are done. Cokes and beers will be provided, courtesy of IAMFSP. The social will be in the same room as our Business Meeting for convenience. Plan to stay around for awhile and talk with your colleagues and friends from all over the world.

This year s business meeting immediately follows the 2 session IAMFSP panel that L/C Bob Munson has put together on Flight Helmets. This session is scheduled at present to be in Marquette Room on the same day from 2:00 - 5:30 PM. Please remember to drop by the session and show support for the work that L/C Munson and the paper authors have accomplished to pull this session together.

Concluding Remarks

We have more than a handful of individuals that are IAMFSP members, but that are not currently listed in the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) directory as members. All IAMFSP members can do this organization two favors-- first by keeping your current address and emails up to date with AsMA HQ and our officers-- and secondly if you are not a member of AsMA, to please strongly consider joining or re-joining the AsMA as our parent organization. If we are to eventually become a Constituent Society of AsMA with a voting seat on the AsMA Council, then we must have nearly every member also registered with AsMA as well, in order for those members to count toward the goal of 100 that is required to be considered for Constituent Society status by AsMA HQ. We are currently listed as an "Affiliate" of AsMA.

I have put the last year that we have a record of dues payment below the address field on your name. If this is incorrect, please let me know. Dues are $ 10.00 per year. Please let us know if you have decided to no longer be an active (dues paid reasonably recently) member of IAMFSP, and we will save IAMFSP time and money by deleting your name from the active member list.

So, please stay in touch and keep us posted on your moves and events as they occur.

Hope you are having a good spring.



Dwight Holland, Interim Sec/Treas


USN Update

Two new dual designator candidates were selected in April for The Navy's Naval Aviator/Flight Surgeon Program. LCDR W.D.Agerton (an IAMFSP member) and LT B.R. Ledbetter. Both will train through activities at NAS Corpus Christi and NAS Kingsville.

NSAWC Update

Command is three years out from the merge of three separate commands, Strike University (Graduate level airwing training), TOPDOME (Carrier Airwing Early Warning Weapons School) and TOPGUN (Navy Fighter Weapons School). The aeromedical department is heavily involved in training and research. Aeromedical courses are given to TOPGUN, deploying airwings, and to senior navy leadership.

Research projects currently include:

a. PRK study, USAF/USN

b. Battlefield Laser tracking study with Brooks detachment, Directed Energy Research.

c. Circadian shifting of TOPGUN instructors / students to night time operations in conjunction with Ames/NASA

d. Situational awareness study looking at TOPGUN instructor records in the hopes of determining predictors for situational awareness.

e. Neuro-cognitive, PC based reaction study in conjunction with AFRL, to be used to test astronaut reaction times prior to spacewalks.

f. Elite aviator personality study lead by CDR Berg (Naval Hospital San Diego) to see if there are personality traits for elite groups of aviators. The study looks at Flag, NSAWC and TOPGUN aviators.

Performance Maintenance Manual during Continuous Flight Operations: Originally produced by STRIKE and IAMFSP member Dave Brown, this manual is an inclusive document to assist operators and flight surgeons to maintain performance during sustained and continuous operations. This document is currently at NOMI / BUMED awaiting final approval.

ANGEL project: Active Network Guidance in Emergency Logic program. This project initially started by USAF and picked-up by USN is a virtual co-pilot that has the potential to eliminate all controlled flight into terrain and mid-air collisions. I would like to brief this program at AsMA in the IAMFSP meeting to raise awareness of this program and rally support amongst the flight surgeon pilot community.

Very respectfully,

K.M. Belland, LCDR, MC, USN (NA/FS)



Brigadier General Jim Roudebush

"I made the transition from PACAF to Malcom Grow Medical Center in July 98. While I miss the operational challenges of the Pacific theater, I am pleased to be back in a facility with a high ops tempo coupled with a teaching program. Throw in the challenges of bringing on TRICARE in Region 1 and rightsizing, and it makes for an interesting mix. Of note is the fact that we have two transitional interns at MGMC that are applying for the pilot-physician program. They are both excellent candidates and are well along in the pipeline for assignments this summer. While I'm a little off the beaten track for direct inputs into the pilot-physician program, I continue to look for every opportunity to support and contribute. Collectively, we have made good progress in getting this critical contributor to our aerospace mission organzationally imbedded and codified, but much remains to be done...and I'm committed to being a part of that effort in any way that I can. I'm looking forward to the meeting in Detroit and the chance to renew acquaintances."

Bob Ryan

"My current situation is that I fly an average of three days a week as a First Officer for Continental Airlines on the B737- 3/5/7/800. The -7 and 800's are really nice machines. Not just the electronics - total EFIS panel - but the newer wing really does fly better. The airplane is much more responsive in roll than the -3 and 500. I'm 29 out of 534 FO's so I bid to stay away from Newark, and try to fly to Mexico and Central America as much as I can, especially during the winter. I could be Captain in Newark or Cleveland now but I'm holding out for Houston, and will probably upgrade by the end of the year. I still work a shift or two a week in the ED to support my airplane, a Grumman HU-16 Albatross, the one that sat on the parade ground at Lackland until 1994. I've had it flying for a couple of years now. It's still in the Air Force paint and I take it to as many airshows as I can and do a few type ratings in it."

Bill Tarver

Bill Tarver has left his position at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine to take on a civilian occupational medicine position with the University of Texas Health System in San Antonio. He has been hired specifically to provide occupational health coverage for the Boeing Company as they move new operations onto Kelly AFB. Also, Dr. Tarver hopes to continue serving in a reserve capacity. Bill can be reached at his home email address .

Fred Kelly

Left Portland, Oregon earlier this year and travelled across the country to Florida. He stopped in at Pensacola and was happy to see one of IAMFSP s flying docs CDR Bill Busch at the clinic there. Bill is a NAVY ophthalmologist also flying the T-2 Buckeye. Fred recently departed Cocoa Beach after a stay there and we hope to see him in Detroit. Fred has been working to finish his latest book Mars Journal.

Frank Austin

"The news is that I am still ALIVE... working now part-time as FAA/Senior AME and semi-retired: so [I] only work 60 hours a week!!! Hanging in at 74 and counting!!! See you all in Detroit... Warmest Regards."

L/C Pete Demitry, USAF

Has finished his residency training at Harvard, and is now at Langley AFB spending time getting familiar with F-15 operations. Pete has been flying the A-10 with the Guard while in Residency at Harvard.

L/C Byron Hepburn, USAF

Byron Hepburn is completing a year at the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. While there his research focused on the Chemical-Biological Weapons Threat to the Air Expeditionary Force. (His unclassified study will be published this year). Byron's next assignment will be commander 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Ramstein, Germany. The squadron is presently supporting operations Kosovo and Albania and has responsibilites throughout the EUCOM theater.

L/C Pete Mapes, USAF

"I passed my IP Checkride in the T-37 and the Occupational Medicine Boards. Nona (Pete s wife) was selected for O-6 two years below the zone (18.5 years total service). Look forward to seeing everyone at AsMA."

Dwight Holland

"My dissertation for the Ph.D. in Systems and Human Factors Engineering at VA TECH is in review with excellent preliminary comments. Hope to defend just before/after the AsMA Conference in Detroit. My topic relates to static and dynamic visual acuity in the peripheral visual system under various levels of workload, so it is directly aviation/situation awareness related. Have been unable to convince the guard or reserves to let me fly during this Ph.D./M.D. Training Program despite a couple of very close calls, but am hopeful that I ll pop out at the other end with some possibilities opening up to me. Still have my commission as a Captain in USAFR and often give papers at AsMA and Human Factors Meetings on a host of aviation/space human factors topics. Luckily, I have been able to log flying time as a commercial pilot recently in a glass cockpit Citation V, Citation II, a GPS-loaded Beech Super King Air, and a host of smaller single engine aircraft during this Ph.D./M.D. academic training. Flight time is now around 1900 hours with commercial and civilian type ratings added since USAF pilot training a few years back. The Regional FAA Office has made me an Aviation Safety Counselor as a nice gesture, and I help them out when I can with Wings Aviation Safety Programs when time permits. Passed the 30 mark recently for presentations and publications, so my productivity has stayed high on the academic side of Aviation Safety/Human Factors Engineering. Very much looking forward to seeing everyone in this organization again-- old friends as well as the new ones. Travel safe to Detroit."

(Please feel free to add any additional commentary for future editions)

Bob Ryan Commentary

"The first meeting of what was to become the IAMFSP was held in Jim Baker's hotel room at the 1985 AsMA meeting San Antonio. There were about 10 of us there. At the time I was an Army Reserve Medivac pilot and thinking of transfering over to the Navy to get into their Dual Designator program. Jim was giving me a lot of help. I think Jim talked to me, some of the Navy guys, some of the Air Force guys, and we had an informal meeting to discuss how to bring more attention to the contribution pilot physicians had made and were making. I think Leroy Gross said something about trying to get some time at the next AsMA meeting [Nashville] for a panel. Mike Berry, who's here in Houston, was the Program Chairman that year, and so I offered to work with him to get a block of time for a Flight Surgeon - Pilot panel. At that initial meeting , besides Jim, Leroy, and myself were Chuck Antonio, Jack Shields, Bill Scott, and I think Geoff McCarthy and/or Tom McNish, maybe one or two others. Jim recruited participants for the panel and I coordinated details with Mike Berry. The result was the panel at the 1986 AsMA meeting in Nashville, chaired, I think, by Rufus DeHart, that really set us off and running. It was so well attended that all of the folks you have listed, and a few more, showed up to form the organization. Besides the people you have listed [in the Winter 1999 IAMFSP Newsletter] and myself, I think Bill Woods was there too.

Editorial Note: Manley L. "Sonny" Carter a NAVY Dual Designator and NASA Mission Specialist was on the podium with B/G DeHart at that 1986 Nashville meeting which apparently was the first panel that IAMFSP did.

Aviator Witticisms

Superior pilots are those who have the superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

Rule one: No matter what else happens, fly the airplane. Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity; an airplane flies because of money.

It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

An airplane will probably fly a little bit over gross but it sure won't fly without fuel. The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing light to see the landing area. If you don't like what you see, just switch it off.

A checkride ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky.

Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands. Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

Don't drop the aircraft in order to fly the microphone. An airplane flies because of a principle discovered by Bernoulli, not Marconi.

Cessna pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller. Hold the stick back a long time and they start getting bigger real quick.

Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go. (With sincere apologies to the Helo guys, Ed.)

The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.... Landing is the first!

Every one already knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of an 'excellent landing.' It's one after which you can use the airplane another time.

The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival. You know you've landed with the wheels up when it takes full power to taxi.

Those who hoot with the owls by night should not fly with the eagles by day.

A smooth touchdown in a simulator is as exciting as kissing your sister.

A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down - all of them trying to become random in motion.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself. Pilots believe in clean living. They never drink whiskey from a dirty glass.

Things which do you no good in aviation:

Altitude above you. Runway behind you. Fuel in the truck. Half a second ago. Approach plates in the car. The airspeed you don't have.

What's the difference between God and pilots? God doesn't think he's a pilot.

Flying is not dangerous; landing real hard is dangerous.

Flying is the perfect vocation for a man who wants to feel like a boy, but not for one who still is.

There are four ways to fly: the right way, the wrong way, the company way and the captain's way. Only one counts.

A good simulator checkride is like successful surgery on a cadaver.

An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won't surprise him.

Any pilot who relies on a terminal forecast can be sold the Brooklyn Bridge. If he relies on winds-aloft reports he can be sold Niagara Falls.

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.

The nicer an airplane looks, the better it flies.

Remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous?

Renting airplanes is like renting sex: It's difficult to arrange on short notice on Saturday, the fun things always cost more, and someone's always looking at their watch.

There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing: Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

It's a good landing if you can still get the doors open.

Passengers prefer old captains and young stewardesses.

The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as copilot is a copilot who once was a captain.

Any pilot who does not privately consider himself the best in the game is probably in the wrong game.

It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.

Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwind.

A thunderstorm is never as bad on the inside as it appears on the outside. It's worse.

Son, I was flying airplanes for a living when you were still in liquid form.

It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You start with a large fortune.

A male pilot is a confused soul who talks about women when he's lying, and about flying when he's with a woman.

A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle.

A thunderstorm is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."

Learning just enough to get by in flying is like leading a tiger by the tail-- the end does not justify his means.

The last thing every pilot does before leaving the aircraft after making a gear up landing is to put the gear selection lever in the 'down' position.

Remember, you're always a student in an airplane. Keep looking around; there's always something you've missed.

Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your takeoffs. Takeoff's are optional. Landings are mandatory.