Lt Col Cain
US Army AeromedicalResearch Laboratory
Attn MCMR UAD
PO Box 620577
Ft Rucker, AL 36362-0577
Greetings from the UK - it is not raining as I write - but wait a moment!
The main news since the last newsletter is of course that the AsMA Council voted without dissent to accept IAMFSP into the fold as a Constituent Society. This something that we have been working towards for many years, and it is great news that it has now happened. My thanks and congratulations go to all who have worked particularly hard in achieving this landmark.
Constituency gives us a "voice" and vote on both the AsMA council
and nominating committee and this, together with our new status requires us
to rewrite the IAMFSP constitution. Your IAMFSP officers have redrafted the
constitution over the last couple of months but our present constitution states
that, "The Constitution of the Association may be amended at any general
meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of the members present at such
meeting." The new draft is therefore contained in this newsletter for the
membership's consideration before the business meeting at Reno in May 01. I
invite you all to make comments before the business meeting or alternative suggestions
which must be tabled as agenda items for the business meeting. Please submit
the latter to Dwight Holland (Dwightholl@aol.com). At the business meeting we
can debate (hopefully briefly !) any outstanding issues, and then approve the
I have asked Pete Mapes to represent us at the Council meeting on the Sunday before AsMA starts (which will be before we have our business meeting). The nominating committee does not meet until after our meeting.
With very kind regards and best wishes for a successful 2001 to you all,
VICE PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
Ladies and gentlemen you can be justifiably proud of the IAMFSP! Under the leadership of some stellar past presidents and with able assistance recently from Malcolm, Dwight, Kris and Harry, constituency has been achieved and we continue to provide tremendous augmentation to the scientific program of AsMA. Membership continues to grow as we attract docs with a real dedication to operational issues occurring at the man-machine interface.
Our President (Malcolm) has asked me to represent us at council just prior to the scientific program in Reno. If you have issues that you would like me to raise concerning AsMA, please get them to Malcolm or me by 15 April 01. For U.S. citizens that date will be easy to remember since it corresponds with the date federal income taxes are due for the preceding year.
I'm excited about the future of our organization and the work our members are doing. Please stay in touch and provide the newsletter with updates on your contributions to the field of aerospace medicine!
Sincere Best Regards,
For those members not on the email list we are now officially a Constituent Society of the Aerospace Medical Association as our President has noted above. I am delighted to report that several IAMFSP members were present at the Mid-Year Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association in Alexandria, VA as Constituent Society status was granted to this organization (C. Barker, K. Belland, D. Hiland, D. Holland, P. Mapes, G. McCarthy) at 1:30 PM on the day of the Annual Council Meeting. This has been a dream of many senior members for nearly 15 years. There are currently 110 bona fide members that are countable by AsMA criteria as Full Members of this organization as of Dec 2000.
I thank all of the members for their prompt payment of dues to this organization in the past several years. This has been an important part of our success.
A summary of this organization's financial status is as follows:
August 4, 2000 Dec 31, 2000
Checking 204.09 62.90
Savings 42.76 6.85
Money Market 3255.87 3312.55
Total Resources 3502.72 3586.16*
*This amount is BEFORE the cost of mailing and copying this Newsletter.
As our President noted, please contact me with any suggestions for changes to the Constitution, and I will compile them and they can be discussed before and during the RENO 2001 IAMFSP Business Meeting.
Please note that we are proposing that the Secretary/Treasurer office be divided into two parts; a Corresponding Secretary/Treasurer, and a Secretary. Functionally, this proposed division of responsibilities is a result of the fact that as a Constituent Society, we need a dedicated "Newsletter Editor" (the proposed "Secretary") to handle the production and mailing of the newsletters to all of the members. That will allow the Corresponding Secretary/Treasurer to retain the jobs of email updates, new member tracking/addresses, other organizational communications, and keeping our finances accounted for in a proper manner. Doing all of these jobs for an organization this size has become quite a task, hence the proposed split in responsibilities.
Thankfully, Paul Cain has agreed (military "volunteer"!) to be our Newsletter Editor beginning with the next Newsletter, and is sharing work with me on the production of this one. Thanks, Paul !
Please contact me as you have any questions that may arise.
WEB WIZARD REPORT
Below is the current list of IAMFSP eGroup subscribers. If you have an updated e-mail for one of the 'bouncers', please notify me or Dwight Holland off-list.
Happy New Year,
Harry Hoffman, MD, MPH
IAMFSP E-Mail List as of 1/25/01
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(Edited on website for privacy considerations)
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Some brief news on the British Army Pilot - Physician Programme. Although we've
lost some expertise from the upper echelons, we're in a very reasonable state
as we start the 21st century for real!
Malcolm is still hanging on at Middle Wallop. Now that we have 5 Apaches on the base, the aeromedical aspects of fielding it are concentrating his mind. He is ably assisted in this regard by our latest US Exchange Flight Surgeon - Maj Keith Hiatt.
Allison Eke decided in the Fall that having 4 children under 4 and having a full time job in Army Aviation Medicine probably wasn't going to work! She's therefore retired from regular service but we hope she will still work with us as a Territorial Army doctor.
Mark Adams is due to move to Middle Wallop (the School side) in April and to get his "teeth" into the Apache programme.
Paul Cain is now well settled at USAARL - As he's our just-appointed Newsletter Editor, I'll let him tell you more about what's going on.
Phil Johnson is expected to retire from the Army but he hasn't told us his definitive plans yet.
Mike Harrigan has now taken over as SO1 J1 Avn Med at the Joint Helicopter Command Headquarters.
Ian Curry excelled at his Masters in Occupational Medicine Course last year. He comes back to "earning work" in April at Wattisham.
Mark Rooms continues to look after our aviation interests in Germany. A move back to UK is anticipated in late 01.
Paul Richards has passed his flying grading assessment. So, he is now eligible to have a crack at the pilot's course. This is scheduled for spring 02.
Alaistair Bushby enjoyed his flying tour in Northern Ireland but it's now time to jump over some medical academic hurdles! He starts his Diploma in Aviation Medicine Course in January.
Lynn Walters has been holding the school fort at Middle Wallop for the last couple of months. She starts her flying course in April.
If anyone is UK-bound in the next few months, please give me a call.
US Air Force
CURRENT USAF TRAINED ASSETS:
ACC: COL PETE DEMITRY
AETC: COL(s) PETE MAPES (FLY: T-37)
AFSOC: LTC STEVE HADLEY (FLY: H-60)
HQ USAF/SGXY: COL BOB MUNSON
ENGLAND/HENLOW: COL LEX BROWN (FLY: HAWK)
ANG TERRE HAUTE: LTC WORTHE HOLT (FLY: F-16)
ACC/NELLIS RESCUE: MAJ LEE HARVIS (FLY: HH-60)
AF FLIGHT STANDARDS: LTC KEVIN O'TOOLE (FLY: C-21)
RAMSTEIN AMDS/CC: COL BYRON HEPBURN
AFMOA/SGOA: COL TOM TRAVIS
USAFSAM/CC: COL BEEK VANDERBEEK
ACC/DR-SG: CORKY DILLON
Presently 12 USAF pilot physicians are in the "inventory" as shown. Of those, six are actively flying (HQ Air Education and Training Command [AETC] T-37 at Randolph AFB, HQ Special Operations Command [AFSOC] H-60 at Hurlburt Field, British Exchange Hawk at Henlow, Ai r National Guard F-16 in Indiana, Air Combat Command Rescue H-60 at Nellis AFB, and Air Force Flight Standards Agency C-21.) The other six are in staff positions, not presently actively flying.
NEW FY00-01 ACCESSIONS:
ACC: MAJ BILL MUELLER - B-1 IN UPGRADE NOW
MAJ SKIP SIMMONS - AWAITING F-15C TRAINING SLOT
AETC: MAJ WILL HALLIER - IN F-16C UPGRADE NOW
MAJ PAT LOWRY - PLANNED SUCCESSOR TO MAPES AT HQ AETC/DOTF
AMC: MAJ RAWSON WOOD - STARTS C-17 UPGRADE DEC 00
Four new candidates have entered the program this fiscal year: Major Mueller for B-1 upgrade, Maj Simmons for F-15C, Maj Hallier for the F-16, and Maj Wood in the C-17. All are either in upgrade, or awaiting a training slot. (Maj Lowry has been accepted by HQ Air Education Training Command as the eventual successor for Col-select Mapes, but has not yet formally been processed into the program selection as yet.)
POTENTIAL FUTURE CANDIDATES:
A number of individuals have expressed interest in the US Air Force Pilot Physician program, but none have yet submitted applications.
US AIR FORCE PILOT PHYSICIAN REQUIREMENTS:
Requirements vary over time. Presently 22 positions have been requested from the Major Commands, Agencies, and Staff. As of Nov 00, ten pilot physicians are assigned against those 22 requirements. Nine are in the active force, and one in the Air National Guard (ANG). Line funded slots are at: ACC HQ, AETC HQ, UK slot at Henlow, and AFFSA; the rest are medically funded positions.
CORE USAF PILOT PHYSICIAN COMPETENCIES:
The box above shows the five basic competencies for USAF pilot physicians: providing expert guidance, conducting or orchestrating research, teaching, performing operational analyses, and publishing. We need to be and are the USAF champions for science and technology (S&T) and research, development, and acquisition (RD&A) for the US Air Force aviator!!
These paragraphs discuss the expected training to be accomplished by US Air Force pilot physicians. We expect continuation flying training to occur, with gaps not over three years, until a senior USAF pilot physician is promoted "out the top" and is then committed to senior staff positions without flying.
Human performance training should include courses in aircraft mishap investigation and prevention (AMIP), human performance enhancement (HPE), crew or cockpit resource management (CRM), and experience with at least one aircraft mishap. Additional training in a human factors fellowship, or in courses on human systems integration and operational risk management are desired.
Medical training suggested includes courses in global medicine, team aerospace operational solutions (TAOS), Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) scientific meetings, medical effects of nuclear weapons course (MENW), hyperbaric oxygen, chemical defense, masters degree in public health, and graduate physician medical education (residency).
Professional military education (PME) should be completed, and a few miscellaneous courses or experiences (systems acquisition, lab reviews, night vision goggle training) are also recommended.
USAF DOCs TO UPT:
A recent Chief of Staff US Air Force memo addressed a request for physicians to be able to apply to undergraduate pilot training (UPT). The guidance describes a requirement to serve a minimum of two years as a US Air Force physician before being considered for UPT. Age waivers may be needed as well.
IAMFSP Panel at ASMA 2001
Here is the line-up for next years IAMFSP panel, it looks great!
Remember, if you are a presenter:
· Check your program for the presentation room.
· Report 10-15 minutes early, or better yet show up over the previous break to check the systems out (Lectern, pointer, microphone, audio-visual equipment).
· REMEMBER 10 MINUTES TO BRIEF AND 5 MINUTES FOR QUESTIONS, any longer and Guido takes you out at the knees.
· Begin and end on time, Malcolm and I will give friendly reminders if you look like you are going over.
CURRENT AEROMEDICAL CONCERNS IN OPERATIONAL AIRCRAFT, IAMFSP-2001: RENO, NEVADA. CHAIR Malcolm BRAITHWAITE IAMFSP President,
CO-CHAIR Kris BELLAND NSAWC/TOPGUN
FIRST SESSION 09MAY01, WEDNESDAY 1030-1200
1. SURGEON GENERAL SERVICE AEROMEDICAL OPERATIONAL AND MEDICAL STANDARDS UPDATE: USAF COL Tom Travis, USN CAPT Charlie Barker BUMED
2. TSAS... FLYING WITH "THAT LOVIN' FEELING" (Apologies to "Top Gun"...specifically to Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector, and the Righteous Brothers.) James C. Baker, MD Captain, U.S. Navy Medical Corps (Ret.) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Angus Rupert, MD Captain, U.S. Navy Medical Corps, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory
3. EARLY EXPERIENCE OF AN UNDERWATER ESCAPE TRAINER FOR APACHE HELICOPTER AIRCREW. MG Braithwaite, Headquarters Director Army Aviation, Middle Wallop, Hampshire, UK. and DC Senior, NUTEC Centre for Safety Limited, Billingham, Teeside. UK
4/5. COCKPIT/BODY SIZE ACCOMMODATION AND POSSIBLE CHANGES TO AFI 48-123. Gregory F. Zehner, Ph.D., Jeffrey A. Hudson, Ph.D. (two sessions 30 minutes)
6. USN / USMC EXPERIENCE IN ANTHRO / AIRCRAFT COMPATABILITY ISSUES DURINGTHE FLIGHT TRAINING PIPELINE: Heather Tucker USN Anthro Specialist.
SECOND SESSION 1400-1530
7. EVALUATION OF T-6 TEXAN II COCKPIT ENVIRONMENT AND AIRCREW THERMAL STRESS. N. Baumgartner, P. D. Lowry, M. L. Mandichak, P. B. Mapes, B. A. Wright and S. H. Constable.
8. IS THERE SUCH A THING AS PERIPHERAL VISUAL AWARENESS, AND CAN IT BE RELATED TO SITUATION AWARENESS, AND ACCIDENT DATABASE SURVEYS? CAPT Dwight Holland (USAFR) NAVAL AIR TEST CENTER.
9. MAN-PORTABLE LASER THREATS TO FLIGHT OPERATIONS: BATTLEFIELD LASER RESEARCH TESTS S. Biggerstaff & N. Barsalou, Naval Health Research Center Detachment, Brooks AFB
10. LASER EYE PROTECTION: SURVEY RESULTS FROM USAF AIRCREW USING LASER EYE PROTECTION WHILE COMPLETING TRAINING MISSIONS. ARMED FORCES RESEARCH LABORATORIES LASER EYE PROTECTION FIELD-WORK FOR DIELECTRIC STACK TECHNOLOGY. William Ercoline LT COL USAF, Carita DeVilbiss AerospaceHuman Factors Researcher Brooks Air Force Base.
11. COMMERCIAL INTEGERATION OF NVD'S. J.C. Antonio*. Naval Air Warfare
Center/Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD 20670
THIRD SESSION 1600-1730
12. IAF ACES-LIFE: FATIGUE-RELATED LIFESTYLE HEALTH RISK AND NEEDS
ASSESSMENT OF ISRAELI AIR FORCE AVIATORS. E. Rosenberg IAF Safety and
Inspection Directorate, Tel-Aviv, Israel , Y. Caine, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel
13. HUMAN FACTORS CONSIDERATIONS IN THE X-31 AIRCRAFT. (Panel: Current Aeromedical Concerns in Operational Military Aircraft) J.C. Antonio*. Naval Air Warfare Center/Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD 20670
14. NAVAL TEST PILOT SCHOOL SHORTFALLS IN IN-FLIGHT CREW STATION ASSESSMENT;
METHODS FOR DEVELOPMENTAL FLIGHT TESTING. James G. Casler, Veridian Engineering
15. AEROMEDICAL ISSUES AT THE U.S. AIR FORCE FLIGHT STANDARDS AGENCY. Lt Col Kevin J. O'Toole, D.O., MPH, Maj Wesley A. Olson, PhD
16. USN NAVAL AVIATION TREND ANALYSIS. LT Dave Weber MC USN (NA/FS) RAM
Dwight Holland and I will co-chair a joint Associate Fellows group and IAMFSP panel on PRK. We are expanding our involvement in the AsMA sessions and providing quality operational information.
Should be a great panel this year! Cheers
NEWS OF MEMBERS
I just wanted to send out a quick update to let you all know the latest (and greatest) from Enid: I've flown my last flight in the T-37 and have finished that phase of the program. I move over to the T-38 side of the house on Friday and will finish my last six months here flying the "Talon". It's been fun... but I'm excited to move on to the next jet. I hope you are all doing well and I've appreciated your thoughts and comments.
p.s. I added a couple of new pictures:
Louis A. Davenport, MD, Second Lieutenant - USAF Air National Guard
Vance AFB, Enid Oklahoma
Has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Systems/Human Factors Engineering, and has been a USAF Reserve instructor attached to the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD. He teaches and develops the Short Course curriculum in the area of Crew/Systems Analysis.
Is currently the Force Medical Officer for the Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA.
He recently received the Meritorious Service Medal.
Dave "Doc A" Agerton
Just wanted to drop a note to all those interested that I Carrier Qualified at the USS Enterprise, CVN-65 on 13NOV00. I was Top Hook for VT22. Provided the weather holds (8 flights left), I should get winged on 01DEC00. I thank all of you for your interest and support over the last 1 1/2 years (and longer).
Barbara, James, Gordon and I will be moving to Virginia
(NAS Oceana, VFA-106) on Monday 29JAN01. The Navy gave us short notice and we luckily sold the house. I will keep this email address alive as well as our cell phone (361)960-0932. We will arrive in the Virginia Beach area on the 1st or 2nd of February and begin house hunting. Thanks for your support.
New Member Spotlight
Welcome aboard to Dr Jim Casler, Lt/Col USMC (Ret), who was the first military test pilot to fly the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft in the Test and Evaluation community. His flying background includes about 4500 total hours in a wide variety of helicopter, fixed wind, and tiltrotor aircraft. Jim holds the Ph.D. degree and is a graduate of the Navy's Test Pilot School.
Dr Casler has served as the V-22 Test Pilot Project Officer at the Naval Air Test Center, a Test Pilot School Instructor there, the CO/XO of a squadron at MCAS New River. Jim is now employed by Veridian Corp in the Lexington Park, MD area, and in the recent past has had made significant contributions to the development of the Test Pilot School curriculum from a systems/human factors crewstation analysis perspective. Dr Casler will be a speaker in our Annual IAMFSP panels in Reno, NV on the "holes" in the Research, Test, and Development Community with regard to systems/Human Factors tools for cockpit evaluations. Please join us in welcoming Dr Casler to our organization.
Also welcome to Jordan Pastorek. He has an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from LSU, Baton Rouge and is now a 3rd year medical student at LSUHSC, New Orleans. After finishing his second degree he plans to complete a 1 year Surgical Internship and then apply for a commission in the United States Air Force for a JSUPT slot. Jordan is already on the way to his PPL with 25 hours in a Cessna 152/172. His contact details are; Pager - (504) 599-2488 and Email - JordanPastorek@aol.com.
PROPOSED CONSTITUTION CHANGES (TO BE CONSIDERED IN MAY 2001)
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
MILITARY FLIGHT SURGEON PILOTS
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this association will be the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots (IAMFSP), referred to herein as the "Association".
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
The mission of IAMFSP is to promote the enhancement of the effectiveness of military aviation through an increased understanding of the physical, physiological, pathological or psychological factors associated with the flight environment. IAMFSP affirms that this is best accomplished through research, analysis, teaching and the provision of informed operational guidance.
The objectives of the Association are:
a. to advance the science, art, and professionalism of international aerospace medicine by bringing together and making available the individual and collective experiences and expertise of military flight surgeon pilots.
b. to provide an international focus for military flight surgeon pilots to foster professional and fraternal pursuits.
c. to support career counseling in the field of Aerospace Medicine for serving and retired military flight surgeon pilots.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
All members of the Association must be approved by the membership committee. Special circumstances relative to membership will be considered by the membership committee as appropriate.
The membership of the Association will consist of military flight surgeons who have served as fully qualified military pilots, and those individuals who share similar professional interests as the Association.
All members of the Association must also be members of the Aerospace Medical Association.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
The officers of the Association will be a president, a vice president, a corresponding secretary/treasurer, a secretary and a three-member executive advisory board. The IAMFSP officers shall appoint the Program Chair/Co-Chairs by a majority vote. In the event of a tie vote, the three-member executive advisory board shall be asked to decide the matter by a majority vote.
A new vice president will be elected at the regular business meeting every two years. After serving two years as vice president, the vice president will then become president of the association for the next two years. Upon completion of two years as president, the outgoing president will then serve on the executive advisory board. The corresponding secretary/treasurer and the secretary will be elected the same year the vice president is elected and both will serve for two years.
The president shall serve or appoint a member of the Association to serve as a member of the Council of the Aerospace Medical Association. The president shall appoint a member of the Association to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee of the Aerospace Medical Association.
The president shall appoint the leaders of the standing committees of the Association.
In the event that the vice president, corresponding secretary/treasurer or secretary become unable to conduct the duties of their offices during their elected terms, the president shall have the power to appoint a replacement to serve in their stead.
The vice president shall conduct such duties as directed by the president.
The corresponding secretary/treasurer shall shepherd the funds of the Association and provide an annual financial accounting to the membership during the annual meeting. The corresponding secretary/treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining and conducting the correspondence of the Association as directed by the president. The corresponding secretary/treasurer shall also provide funding to the secretary for the compilation and distribution of the newsletter.
The secretary shall edit, produce and distribute the newsletter to the membership at such time as directed by the president.
In the event that the president becomes unable to carry out the duties of the office, the vice president shall conduct those duties. If the vice president becomes unable to carry out the duties of the president, the corresponding secretary/treasurer shall conduct those duties. If the corresponding secretary/treasurer becomes unable to carry out the duties of the president, the secretary shall conduct those duties. In the event that no officers of the Association are able to carry out the duties of the president, the executive advisory board, led by the senior past president, shall organize and conduct elections to replace the officers of the Association. During the time that no officers are available to serve the Association, the executive advisory board shall have the authority to conduct the affairs of the Association.
The executive advisory board is composed of the three most recent past presidents of the Association. In the event that a past president is unable to serve, the senior remaining past president shall appoint a member of the Association to fill the term of the executive advisory board member who is unable to serve.
ARTICLE V. ORGANIZATION
The Association is a "constituent" organization of the Aerospace Medical Association with a seat on the Aerospace Medical Association Council.
ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES
There will be the following standing committees:
1. Constitution and Bylaws
3. Education and Special Projects
Leaders of the standing committees appointed by the president with the consent of the other officers determine the membership of their committees.
ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS
The Association will hold at least one official business meeting each year. The official business meeting will be held at a specified time and place during, and at the location of, the annual scientific meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association.
ARTICLE VIII. SPECIFIC PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
The Association will annually sponsor, support, and/or participate in professional scientific presentations during the annual scientific meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association.
The Association will undertake other specific professional activities as deemed appropriate by the membership.
ARTICLE IX. FUNDS
Association funds will consist of annual dues and contributions.
ARTICLE X. ADOPTION
This constitution became effective on the approval of two-thirds of the voting members present at the 2001 business meeting of the Association.
ARTICLE XI. AMENDMENTS
The constitution of the Association may be amended at any general meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of the members present at such meeting.
I will have the Spring Edition of the Newsletter out in April so that you all have everything you need to know in time for the Reno meeting. This will be my first "solo on type" so please help me out by keeping to the dates below! I am away for two weeks before the meeting and so the deadlines are firm if you want your news in this edition.
Articles to editor by 31 Mar 01
Print 9 Apr 01
Distribution 16 Apr 01