CAMA, working on behalf of physicians engaged in the practice of aviation medicine aims to:
- To promote the best methodology for assessment of the mental and physical requirements for civil aviation pilots.
- To actively enlarge our scientific knowledge.
- To advocate, through continuing education, both basic and advanced civil aeromedical knowledge.
- To promote professional fellowship among our colleagues from allied scientific disciplines.
- To bind together all civil aviation medical examiners into an effective, active medical body to promote aviation safety for the good of the public.
CAMA Leads Coalition to Improve Delays in FAA Reviews
A task force appointed by CAMA President Mark Eidson launched into action in late February to coordinate efforts from a variety of aviation organizations such as the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to collect initial data from organizational leadership on the scope of delays and to identify if there are particular types of cases for which delays appear to be the most extensive from the perspective of the flight physician. Initial data is showing that AMEs with practices that involve a large proportion of airman with medical conditions requiring waivers (referred to as Special Issuance Authorizations) have indeed experienced greater delays in the past year when compared to prior years, and the cases most commonly associated with delays are those related to conditions involving a neurologic etiology, use of specific medications such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) for treatment of depression or anxiety, and pilots being assessed after substance abuse treatment. Common issues cited in the preliminary information collected includes lack of accountability for outside consultants used by the FAA in terms of meeting reasonable turnaround times, and issues with partial data missing when packets of material are forwarded to the Aerospace Medicine Certification Division (AMCD) of the FAA are sent forward.
The goal of forming a coalition is to convene a summit in Washington DC in late June or July to meet with leadership of the FAA Federal Air Surgeon's Office to propose creative solutions to assist the agency in coming up with constructive ways to help decrease the administrative burden of completing reviews and to make suggestions to more effectively utilize existing information technology.
More information will be available to members in coming issues of the Flight Physician, and will be discussed at the annual meeting this autumn in Reno.
Scientific Planning Committee Jumps into Action for Reno Meeting in October
The Scientific Planning Committee, led by Dr. Andrew Miller, is in the process of confirming speakers and completing negotiations with the FAA's Education Division leadership to provide another state-of-the-art annual scientific meeting this October 9-11 in Reno, Nevada. New this year is movement of the Honors Night banquet to Friday night rather than the usual Saturday night affair. This move was announced at the recent Board of Directors meeting with the intent to increase attendance and feature the keynote speaker who will be announced in the coming weeks. Once again, the meeting will feature FAA recertification for FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiners.
Updated Constitution & By-Laws now available
At the last meeting of the CAMA Board of Directors, several items in the Constitution & By-Laws were approved and are now available in the "members only" section of the web site. Further constitutional updates are also being considered to keep the document current and applicable to the mission and vision of the organization.
CAMA President Mark Eidson is now publishing a newsletter that is forwarded electronically to all current members of the organization in an effort to engage members and foster improved communication from the President and the Board of Directors. This briefing is sent in addition to the Flight Physician, the quarterly publication that has been distributed to the membership for decades.
Current CAMA Newsletter (Flight Physician) Click here