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Simons R, Maher D, Stüben U, Herbert KC. Leisure pilot license proposed for Europe: do you want such pilots crossing your flight path?
Aviat Space Environ Med 2009; 80: 663–4.

"In a Notice of Proposed Amendment, the European Aviation Safety Agency proposes tointroduce a Leisure Pilot License (LPL). Holders of a LPL for airplanes will be allowedto fly single-engine piston airplanes with a maximum takeoff mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of three passengers."

Unfit private pilots in Europe?
The European parliament will be enacting into European Law the proposals for the medical certification of a pilot's fitness to fly, based upon the published opinion of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

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Regular Members

Country Name in English Name in National language
Austria   Oesterrechische Akademie Für Flugmedizin
Belgium Aeromedical Association of Belgium Aeromedische Associatie van Belgie
Bulgaria Bulgarian Association of Aviation and Space Medicine and Psychology  
Bulgaria Bulgarian Society of Aviation, Navy and Space Medicine  
Croatia Croatian Society of Aviation Medicine Hrvatsko Društvo zrakoplovne Medicine
Cyprus Cyprus Association of Aeromedical Examiners  
Czech Republic Czech Association of Aviation Medicine Ceska Spolencost Leteckeho Lekarstvi
Czech Republic Institute of Aviation Medicine Prague Ustav leteckeho zdravotnictvi Praha
Denmark Danish Aeronautical Medical Association  
Estonia- Latvia- Lithuania Estonian–Latvian–Lithuanian Society of Aviation Medicine Igaunijas–Latvijas–Lietuvas Aviācijas medicīnas asociācija
Finland Finnish Aerospace Medical Association Suomen Iimailulääketieteellinen Yhdistys ry
Republic of North Macedonia Macedonian Society of Aerospace Medicine Makedonsko zdrauzenie za vozduhoplovna medicina
France Francophone Society of Aviation and Space Medicine Societé Francophone de Médicine Aéronautique et Spatiale
Georgia Group of Aviation Medical Experts  
Germany German Association of Aeromedical Examiners Deutscher Fliegerarztverband e.V.
Germany German Society of Aviation and Space Medicine Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrtmedizin
Germany German Academy of Aviation and Travel Medicine Deutsche Akademie für Flug - und Reisemedizin
Greece Hellenic Aerospace Medical Society Elliniki Etaireia Aeroporikis & Diastimikis Iatrikis
Hungary Hungarian Society of Aviation and Space Medicine Magyra Repuloes Urorvosi Tarsasag
Ireland Irish Society of Aviation Medicine  
Italy Italian Aerospace Medical Association Associazione Italiana di Medicina Aeronautica e Spaziale
Italy Italian Society of Aerospace Psychiatry and Psychology Società Italiana di Psichiatria e Psicologia Aeronautica e Spaziale
Malta Malta Association of Authorised Medical Examiners  
Moldova Moldovan Society of Aviation Medicine Societatea de Medicinã Aeronauticã a Moldovei
Montenegro Association of Aerospace Medicine Udruženje Vazduhoplovne Medicine
Netherlands Netherlands Association for Aviation Medicine Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaartgeneeskunde
Norway Norwegian Association of Aviation Medicine Norsk Flymedisinsk Forening
Poland Polish Society of Aviation Medicine Polskie Towarzystwo Medycyny Lotniczej
Portugal Portuguese Aerospace Medicine Society Sociedade Científica Médica Aeroespacial Associação Portuguesa
Romania Romanian Civilian Aeromedical Examiners Association Asociatia Medicilor Examinatori Românidin Aviatia Civiliá
Romania Romanian Society of Aerospace Medicine Societatea de Medicină Aeronautică din România
Russia Aviation Medicine Doctors Association Ассоциации врачей авиационной медицины (АВАМ)
Russia Civil Aviation Medical Association  Медицинская Ассоциация Гражданской Авиации
Scotland Scottish Association of Approved Aeromedical Examiners  
Serbia Serbian Aviation Medicine Society Vazduhoplovno Medicinska Sekcija Srpskog Lekarskog Drustva
Slovak Republic Slovak Association of Aviation Medicine Slovenská spolónosŤ Leteckéko Levárstva
Slovenia Slovenian Aerospace Medical Association Združenje za letalsko medicino Slovenije
Spain Spanish Society of Aerospace Medicine Sociedad Española de Medicina Aeroespecial
Sweden Swedish Aero-Nautical Medical Association Svensk Flyg och Marinmedicinsk Förening
Switzerland Swiss Society of Aviation Medicine  
Turkey Turkish Aerospace Medical Association Havacilik Tibbi Derneği
United Kingdom Association of Aviation Medical Examiners  
Ukraine Ukrainian Group of Aviation Medical Examiners  

Associated Members

Country Name in English Name in National language
Belgium Eurocontrol Medical Board  
France Toulouse-Blagnac Aeromedical Centre Cendre d'Expertise Medicale de Toulouse-Blagnac
Jordan Middle-Eastern Society of Aviation Medicine  
Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission Jordan Association of Aerospace Medicine
Kazakhstan Aviation Medical Center of Kazaeronavigatsia RSE  
International Civil Aviation Medical Association  
United Kingdom International Federation Airline Pilot Associations  
USA Aerospace Medical Association  
USA International Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Letter from the President og AsMA to The President of ESAM, June 2008
Letter from the AsMA President (PDF)

ESAM Objectives:
To promote flight safety and health among passengers and air crew.
To be a pan-European, independent forum for Aerospace Medicine.
Coordinate European Aerospace Medicine interests in relevant groups.
To develop and harmonise education in Aerospace Medicine throughout Europe.

Download the press release (PDF)

ESAM is now recruiting aeromedical experts from its member associations in various fields. Experts that will constitute the scientific hub through various subgroups. Tasks would be to contribute to ESAM productions such as aeromedical positions, and other scientific work to promote aerospace medicine from our united European family.ESAM current work and production.

ESAM is an umbrella organization representing individual European National Aerospace Medicine Societies whose aim is to create and promote Aviation and Space Medicine across the continent of Europe by:

1) Assisting the various responsible bodies in the development and harmonization of educational activities in Aerospace Medicine throughout Europe.

2) Developing continuous information flows and dialogue among the National Aeromedical Associations.

3) Encouraging the exchange of scientific results and experience.

Up to today, ESAM contributions have included scientific papers, position papers and information leaflets on topics of interests. In addition ESAM has reviewed selected EASA NPAs and has provided advice and recommendations not only to EASA but also to ICAO. These have included the use of new anticoagulants (NOACs). a recommendation concerning cardiovascular risk assessment in aviation and guide about medications and flying.

In addition the contact between ESAM and the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) has been developed. One example of this was the founding of the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI) in collaboration with EAAP, ECA (European Cockpit Association), and the Mayday Foundation.

Also the biennial European Congress of Aerospace Medicine (ECAM) has grown to become a popular meeting place for sharing thoughts and aerospace medicine knowledge. Since the conference in Oslo 2016 it has been established an ESAM AME refresher course.

The concept - Circle of experts

ESAM is well suited to organize and represent European scientific aerospace medicine production on behalf of all its national member associations and at top-European level. It has both the network and infrastructure to communicate the information in a credible way to the international audience. The output of ESAM production is primarily 1) ESAM opinions and information, 2) ESAM official positions and 3) scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

To secure a high scientific level, production within all of these fields needs to be made by experts and colleagues with knowledge and interest to contribute. These experts should be associated with the national aerospace medicine societies either as members or national collaborators.

The Circle of Experts will consist of interested individuals who will represent different (aero) medical specialties in various working groups, such as clinical medicine, passenger health, mental health, and more. The Circle of Experts will be organized and managed by the Advisory Board of ESAM and each working group will have its designated leader.

Members of this circle will be consulted for advice on specific issues related to their working groups and could also initiate and generate scientific activity on its own. They would mainly be linked with a national member society and in this way secure that the work from member societies will be brought into ESAM and from there further out.

What do we get out of this?

If we collectively establish the Circle of Experts under ESAM we contribute to create a strong scientific body in Europe, that should be one of the leading voices in Europe. Instead of single countries producing material for their limited audience the same effort by the national experts could be lifted up together with other experts in same field from other countries. And the material generated will be made available for Europe and worldwide. The impact of the work increases. Further, we will naturally promote stronger bonds between ESAM and all national societies.

Are you ready to join us! Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DOWNLOAD CIRCLE OF EXPERTS BROCHURE (PDF)

The European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI) is an aviation safety partnership between EASA, other regulators and the industry. ESSI’s objective is to further enhance safety for citizens in Europe and worldwide through safety analysis, implementation of cost effective action plans, and coordination with other safety initiatives worldwide.

ESSI Standard Presentation 2008 (PDF)
ESSI in line with the ICAO Global 2008 (PDF)

ESAM has decided to publish information about the ESSI ECAST work on the web site. It is very important to remember the following:

It is important to notice that all the signatory organizations are equal partners, they commit themselves to provide recourses to the work in the Teams and most important: they pledge to take reasonable actions as a result of the work within the ESSI areas! The ECAST ToR was renewed 2011 with many important changes. One is that ECAST will now report directly to the European Aviation Safety Committee (EASAC) which again reports to the EASA Management Board:

ECAST mandate:

“Although ECAST is a voluntary partnership between EASA, other authorities and the aviation industry, it is a key contributor to the development of European Aviation Safety Strategy and the European Aviation Safety Programme and Plan. This role was reinforced by the following mandate issued by the European Aviation Safety Committee (EASAC) which reports to the EASA Management Board:
“ECAST will support implementation in Europe of the European Aviation Safety Strategy developed by the European Commission and of the European Aviation Safety Programme and the European Aviation Safety Plans developed by EASA in cooperation with the Member States and EUROCONTROL”

Philosophy:

“ECAST will:
Apply and promote safety management principles. Encourage a culture of ‘open and honest’ reporting by treating all safety data and its sources with respect and confidentiality and by adopting internationally recognised standards of data protection and recording requirements.
Cooperate and coordinate activities with other safety initiatives in Europe and worldwide, such as EUROCONTROL Safety Initiatives, US-CAST and ICAO COSCAP.”

ECAST have members and partners:

“ECAST Members, who have signed the ESSI/ECAST Pledge, and thereby commit themselves to provide human and material resources to the work of ECAST and agree to implement reasonable actions resulting from of ECAST recommendations. [ESAM is a member]
ECAST Partners are those organisations that have not signed the ESSI/ECAST Pledge but wish to support the mission and work of ECAST.”

PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT FROM ESSI MEMBERS

“We the undersigned therefore agree to: be equal members within the ESSI;
commit to providing, in partnership reasonable resources to ensure that this initiative is effective and take reasonable actions necessary to enhance safety within our own organisations as a result of ESSI recommendations, guidance and solutions in the ESSI area(s) in which we participate (commercial aviation, rotorcraft and/or general aviation). “

At this web site you will find presentations, reports, publications, etc .
The minutes from the ECAST meetings will not be published, but interested persons can contact me and I will forward the minutes to you.

Best regards
Lars Tjensvoll
ESAM representative in the ECAST.


EASA - Annual Safety Review 2010 (PDF) (7.07MB)
ECAST - Terms of Reference 2011 (PDF)
ESSI - Pledge of commitment (PDF)
European Aviation Safety Plan (EASp) 2012-2015 (PDF)
Initiatives for the main accident categories of the EASp - 12 December 2011 (PDF)

The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) is a group which cooperates closely with the International Helicopter Safety team (IHST).The goal is to decrease the helicopter accident rate by 80% by the year 2016. EHEST approaches this goal based on voluntary activity within the helicopter sector, by bringing interested parties together and establishing a framework for going forward on the different issues. Two subgroups have been established, the European Helicopter Safety Analysis team (EHSAT) and the European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team (EHSIT) as well as the Communications subgroup.

The ESAM representative to EHEST participates in the plenary meetings of EHEST and reports relevant developments and activities to the Executive Committee of ESAM.

Updated reports and information on EHEST activities are available on the EHEST website: http://www.easa.europa.eu/essi/ehest/

The current ESAM representative to EHEST is Dr. Anthony S. Wagstaff, Norway. His briefing at the ESAM Executive Committee meeting in Naples February 18, 2012 is available at the following link:
The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) - 2011 Achievements and Plans (PDF)


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