d. Act as a Board Member.
(1) Accident investigation boards: A flight surgeon is a required
member of accident investigation boards. He will make recommendations to
improve the human factors compatibility, crashworthiness and survival
features of the aircraft. These recommendations will be based upon the
accident investigation or from observations made while performing other
(2) Flying evaluation boards.
(3) Unit safety council.
e. Supervision. Supervise the fitting and use of safety equipment for
aviation personnel and monitor the survival and physiological training of
aviation crew members.
f. Safety Meetings and Training. Participate in unit safety meetings
and training to educate crew members on the aeromedical aspects of flight.
g. Flying. Fly as a crew member to observe flight operations and to
monitor the interactions of other crew members, aircraft and environment.
h. Unit Preaccident Plan.
Ensure the medical portion of the unit
preaccident plan is adequate.
i. Monitoring. Monitor the physical and mental well-being of aviation
personnel, including drug or alcohol abuse and self-medication problems.
Maintain aviation medical records.
k. Assistance. Assist in and advise on hearing and eyesight
Flight crew members must be in top physical and psychological condition
to perform their duties. Physical fitness may be affected by a variety of
outside factors (for example, medications), some of which may not be
noticeable in nonflying activities, that may impact considerably on their
flying safety. Flight crew members partaking of any substance or medical
procedure likely to provoke an adverse systemic reaction will, by regulation
(AR 40-8), be restricted from flying duties until declared fit by a flight
surgeon. The flight surgeon on his own does not have the authority to
ground an aviator (the aviator must be grounded by the commander). However,
the flight surgeon will inform the commander of the required restrictions
that is being taken.