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aviationNew Delhi. 07 Nov 2016. Modern aircraft, with advanced technology are highly capable however the human capabilities both physical, physiological and psychological at times cause a constraint in full exploitation of these machines to their full potential.

Chief of the Air Staff ACM Arup Raha added that the fact this gap is ably bridged by the Aviation Medicine Specialists who take an active part to ensure that the man machine combination is optimised by the aviation and space doctor being a friend, philosopher and guide to aircrew and all others associated. He was inaugurating the 64th International Congress of Aviation and Space medicine.

The Congress is being attended by more than 300 delegates across the world. More than 100 delegates, including Aerospace Medicine specialists from both Civil and Military Aviation, from 30 foreign countries are participating in the Congress. A Congress of this stature provides an opportunity to Indian Aerospace Medicine specialists to interact with eminent personalities from the field of Aerospace medicine around the world and learn from them the newer advances made in the field.

aviationThe congress started with the brief movie depicting the history of Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine. Air Mshl Pawan Kapoor, VSM PHS DGMS (Air) and the President of ISAM delivered the Welcome Address. He emphasized that the progress of mankind has been possible because of willingness to absorb new knowledge and constant quest to learn from experience of others and utilizing these to take next step forwards. Keeping this in mind the congress theme has been chosen to be ‘Learn & Overcome’ and it rightly focuses on the desire to overcome all stumbling blocks in the way of progress of aviation and further build on our contributions to the cause of Aerospace Safety and Human Performance Optimisation.

Dr Jarnail Singh, President International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine delivered the Presidential Address. He stressed that this is unprecedented third time that the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine has been bestowed with the responsibility of organizing the congress and how mutual cooperation and exchange of ideas benefits everyone.

Dr Pooshan Navathe a renowned aviation medicine expert delivered the Dr Andre Allard lecture wherein he brought out how more and more aircrew with different medical issues can continue to fly without hampering aerospace safety. All this is possible because of the advancement of medical science and the use of evidence based medicine at cheapest online pharmacy canada to ensure that trained aircrew both military and civil continues to remain in the cockpit.

Aerospace Medicine is a dynamic field which deals mainly with the Occupational & Preventive Medicine. The aeromedical disposition policies, indoctrination philosophies, ability to support and enhance the performance of the aviator in operations are constantly evolving with the newer advances and research in the field. The conference will provide a platform for sharing the experiences and views of the participating delegates on these aspects, thus helping both the military and civil aviation sectors to suitably amend existing policies related to medical fitness of aircrew.

With exponential growth of civil aviation there is a growing challenge of aeromedical indoctrination of civil aircrew, their initial and periodic medical examinations and decisions on their fitness to fly. The recent advances in clinical medicine and their follow up have proved that now many more disabilities can be cured permanently or can be permitted to fly with permissible medications or restrictions. The papers in the Congress are going to deliberate such issues and will benefit all the delegates.
The Congress will also include the “John Ernsting Panel Discussion” where the panelists, all of whom are prominent personalities in International Aviation Medicine, will discuss aeromedical issues related to common but critical clinical conditions from point of view of the aeromedical practitioner.

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