Office of Aerospace Medicine

Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI)

The FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is the medical certification, research, education, and occupational health wing of the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. The goal of our activities is to enhance aviation safety.

After America's first successful flight in 1903, the first aviation fatality could not be far off. Amazingly, five years would pass before the first fatal accident. But since then, safety has been an important concern. In 1926, the Civil Aeronautics Act marshaled the talents of the medical profession to certify that all aviators are physically fit to fly.

Thus, our principal concern at CAMI is the human element in flight - pilots, flight attendants, passengers, air traffic controllers - and the entire human support system that embraces civil aviation. We study the factors that influence human performance in the aerospace environment, find ways to understand them, and communicate that understanding to the aviation community.

The Institute's people - researchers, physicians, and other medical specialists, engineers, educators, pilots, technicians, and communicators - all merged as a team in 1961 at our centralized Oklahoma City facility. Since then, the CAMI team's synergistic products serve people everywhere as they safely and routinely achieve one of the oldest of human dreams: Flight!

Last updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2023