Any medication can cause side effects, some of which may impair the flying performance of pilots.

Equally, symptoms of colds, sore throats, abdominal upsets, or painful ailments may distract pilots and degrade their performance whilst on duty. The symptoms may be compounded by the side effects of the medication prescribed or bought over the counter and this combination may be degrading a pilot’s performance and lead to incapacitation.

All lists of aeromedical ‘approved’ drugs will be inevitably incomplete and out of date at the day they are published. Therefore, this leaflet describes some basic principles that may enable pilots and their treating doctors to assist each other in preventing the use of medication that may degrade flying performance and impact flight safety.

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Dear ESAM Members,

We would like to inform you that the 65th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine, Rome, 10-14 September 2017 is now open for registration on the website

We would like to point out that this year the Italian Association of Aerospace Medicine and the National Association of Assistants and Controllers of Air Navigation announce the VII edition of the scientific prize “I Guido­niani”.

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European Pilot Peer Support Initiative – EPPSI invites you to discuss Peer Support Programmes
02 Feb. 2017, 10:00-16:30
Frankfurt Airport: MAC - Main Airport Center (Unterschweinstiege 10, 60549 Frankfurt)
(6th floor @ VC. Free transport: Steigenberger shuttle bus from Airport Terminal 1 & 2 / ICE Train Station to MAC – 5 min. ride)

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Ries Simons, MD – 10 January 2017

Recently, the results of a study by Wu et al. (2016) have been prominently published in the media (e.g. Independent, 2016; Telegraph, 2016). The study found that about 200 of the approximately 1,800 pilots who completed an anonymous online survey in 2015 had depressive symptoms. Seventy-five of them reported having (had) thoughts associated with some form of suicidal ideation.

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**“Aerospace Medicine concerns the determination and maintenance of the health, safety, and performance of persons involved in air and space travel.” [** Aerospace Medical Association]
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02 Feb. 2017, 10:00-16:30
Frankfurt Airport area (exact location t.b.d.)

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Dear friends and colleagues of Aerospace Medicine in Europe,

As 2016 soon draws to an end, and most of us hoperfully have some time off with family and friends at Christmas, I think it is appropriate to share some thoughts with the great ESAM family of Aerospace Medicine in Europe.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the working of ESAM, in particular the Executive Committee and past president Kevin Herbert for the great work done the past year, and the Advisory Board so efficiently led by Ries Simons, as well as our representatives in different collaborative fora with EASA, AsMa, EAAP and ECA.  Read more ...

In March 2006, following a couple of preliminary meetings, 22 people representing National Aerospace Medical Associations and other European stakeholders met in Frankfurt am Main to sign the founding documents for the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM). Since that moment on, all of them started working together to work for health and safety for all persons involved in aviation and space operations, coordinating European aerospace medicine in the applicable fora.

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