AVIATION MEDICINE PROGRAM
To evaluate an aviation medicine program recognizing the
duties and responsibilities of the flight surgeon and medical
restrictions to flight.
You will know the aims of the aviation medicine program, the
functions of the flight surgeon and be able to list the
factors that require flight restriction.
You may use the text and references to complete the review
You must answer correctly at least 8 of 10 review exercise
AR 40-5 (Sep 84)(with changes), AR 40-8 (Aug 76), AR 385-95
(Dec 82)(with changes), U.S. Army Safety Center Publication,
Aeromedical Aspects of Aviation Safety (Jun 80).
Man and his environment are stable with respect to each other. The
human animal, as we know him, has evolved over thousands of years to become
an efficiently functioning organism under the conditions as present on the
surface of the earth (gravity and atmospheric pressure). However, man has
been released from the bonds of earth by flight and is traveling into space
and even to the moon. While aircraft and aircraft systems have steadily
improved, the human body and mind have remained essentially unchanged with
little change expected during the next several centuries. This leaves us
with an aviation subsystem (man) that possesses known limitations around
which aircraft must be designed and operated. Since the human operator is
an integral subsystem, it becomes obvious that the individual deserves the
same care and attention as other subsystems. If a few basic rules and
guidelines are disregarded an accident can occur. This is not to say that
the individual is always responsible, but man is frequently the weak link in
the man-machine relationship.
a. Aviation Medicine Program Requirements. The requirements for the
procurement (initial entry physical qualification), inspection (annual
physical examination), maintenance (physiologic and physical fitness
training) and repair (clinical care) of aircrew members are established by
AR 40-5. The aviation medicine program is a vital part of the Army aviation
safety program and is designed to reduce the number of accidents resulting