CAMA leads development of consortium to address FAA-related issues
Leadership from CAMA has invited a variety of organizations that represent aviators from across the nation to come together and discuss several key topics in order to unify and demand significant reform designed to address one issue that has vexed the aeromedical certification process -- unacceptable disposition turn around times for pilots with medical conditions that require FAA approval and/or Special Issuance waivers.
"We want to work together with other organizations to approach the issues with a solution rather than simply to propose to run away from certain problems like the Class III medical examination," said CAMA President-Elect Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS. "By finding common ground and looking at ways to make incremental improvements in the system, we believe there is a way to make lasting improvements that will be more fair to pilots without jeopardizing aviation safety."
The consortium plans to meet on Wednesday, October 7 in Fort Worth, Texas. Invitations have been accepted by multiple organizations as well as several pilot unions. The meeting will initially focus on establishing common ground on a variety of aeromedical certification issues, recognizing that there exists some polarity in the method to solve certain perceived issues at the FAA.
"The FAA Aeromedical Certification Division is dealing with a variety of problems currently, including tight staffing and slow recruitment for positions lost to retirement," said Cowl. "That, combined with increasing complexity and volumes of cases deferred to the FAA creates a tremendous backlog. The time is ripe to offer some solutions from the private sector."
Preparations coming into focus for upcoming annual scientific meeting in October
A variety of talented and interesting speakers are scheduled to present updates and reviews on pertinent material across a spectrum of aviation topics at the annual CAMA scientific meeting set for October 8-10, 2015 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Starting with a consortium meeting of organizations representing various groups of aviators, on Wednesday, CAMA will then team up with representatives from the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute to update aviation medical examiners on such issues as infectious diseases, sleep apnea and other sleep-related forms of disordered breathing, coronary artery disease, and endocrine-related disorders.
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