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CAMA to submit “Centers of Aeromedical Excellence” proposal to  FAA medical leadership

Leadership of CAMA will obtain final board approval before submitting a formal proposal for creation of “Centers of Aeromedical Excellence” to FAA aeromedical leadership later this summer. This comes in the face of federal legislation covered in the Pilot’s Bill of Rights II act that includes language that mandates that the FAA Administrator must come before Congress within 180 days of passage with specific plans of how it will speed up the aeromedical certification process. A CAMA working group met with the Federal Air Surgeon James Fraser and his leadership team April at the Aerospace Medical Association annual meeting in Atlantic City.

“The idea of using the private sector to expand the bandwidth of the FAA in reviewing cases involving pilots with complex medical conditions is a concept that not only helps the agency but also costs the tax payers no additional funds and gives professional pilots more options for having their case reviewed more quickly,” said Dr. Clayton Cowl, CAMA President. “By creating institutions or clinics with experienced AMEs comfortable with navigating the Special Issuance process on a regular basis, it would develop an environment for trainees to work up cases and gain experience in the most difficult cases with oversight of Senior AMEs. There are designated pilot examiners, designated vendors making aircraft parts, and designated private sector workers performing other types of oversight for the FAA. Why not in aeromedical certification?”

Designated centers would have to meet pre-determined criteria, and be approved by the FAA in order to create the equivalent of what the Aeromedical Certification Division of the FAA calls “Tiger Teams” in which a volume of cases are evaluated as a large batch in rapid succession by a team of Regional Flight Surgeons who fly in to Oklahoma City to catch up on cases. Other regularly scheduled committees such as expert panels for cardiovascular and neurologic diseases are already utilized by the FAA but require that the FAA pay travel and consultant expenses. The “Centers” concept would eliminate those fees.

CAMA’s emphasis has been on creating environments to speed the aeromedical certification process through more delegated authority to Aviation Medical Examiners and by allowing development of partnerships with institutions that encourage assessment of airmen with multiple or complex medical issues.

CAMA Annual Meeting Registration Now Open  

The annual scientific and educational meeting of CAMA will be held at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on September 8-10, 2016. CAMA Vice-President for Education Dr. Robert Haddon has coordinated a diverse and talented faculty participation for the event. Topics from cardiac conditions, infectious diseases, common eye disorders, and updates from the FAA are slated for presentation.

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