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Aerospace Medical Research

The Aerospace Medical Research Division (AAM-600) of the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute fully supports the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Federal Aviaiton Administration.

The mission of the Aerospace Medical Research Division is: to develop new and innovative ways to support FAA regulatory and advisory missions to improve the safety of humans in civilian aerospace operations. As such, its goal is to continuously maintain the Absorptive Capacity for applying Science, Medicine, Bioengineering, and Technology to unrelentingly enhance human safety.

The values promoted by the AAM-600 are three-fold:

  1. Proactive - Taking the initiative and being prepared ahead of time.
  2. Preeminent - Standing out among all others based on superior scientific achievement.
  3. Collaborative - Sharing knowledge and working with customers and stakeholders to arrive at results.

AAM-600 programs are designed to keep abreast of emerging human safety risk issues such as those brought on by the aging pilot population, advances in pharmacology, therapeutic tools, and surgical procedures. In addition, we are constantly working to improve aircraft materials, equipment, cabin configurations, life support systems, and evacuation assistive devices- all of which may enhance survival from an aircraft accident. The AAM-600 programs have also been formulated to address the complexity of software, technology, and systems integration practices as these continue to evolve with the goal of improved knowledge management and decision making processes in aerospace medicine.

While these advances may lead to the reduction of costs and the integration of information may lead to better efficiencies, aeromedical research and expertise is still required to validate the information, interpret its analysis, provide conclusions, and facilitate the execution of the resulting recommendations as required. This expertise is fundamental to the continued technical and scientific discovery that would assure the future of the FAA as a world leader in aviation safety.

As such, it is especially critical to the regulatory mission of the FAA to maintain and enhance its in-house aeromedical research program, unique in the nation for civilian aviation operations, and a model sought by international civil aviation authorities. While academic research priorities are subject to the temporary nature of their mission and industry research activities a necessarily subject to corporate concerns relative to remaining competitive and realizing financial profit, the FAA aerospace medical research program aims to:

  1. promote collaborative scientific discovery;
  2. facilitate long-term high-risk research goals; and
  3. ensure independent science and technology assessment in support of the regulatory mission of the FAA.

Organization of the Aerospace Medical Research Division (AAM-600)

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