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  • Welcome to SAAsMA

    The current committee is working very hard to bring you the latest about what is going on in the world of aviation medicine in South Africa. Please bear with us while we are gathering all the relevant info.
  • Welcome to SAAsMA

    The current committee is working very hard to bring you the latest about what is going on in the world of aviation medicine in South Africa. Please bear with us while we are gathering all the relevant info.
  • Welcome to SAAsMA

    The current committee is working very hard to bring you the latest about what is going on in the world of aviation medicine in South Africa. Please bear with us while we are gathering all the relevant info.
  • Welcome to SAAsMA

    The current committee is working very hard to bring you the latest about what is going on in the world of aviation medicine in South Africa. Please bear with us while we are gathering all the relevant info.
  • Welcome to SAAsMA

    The current committee is working very hard to bring you the latest about what is going on in the world of aviation medicine in South Africa. Please bear with us while we are gathering all the relevant info.
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Our History

Aviation in South Africa began shortly after the 1903 flight, of Wilbur and Orvile Wright at Kitty Hawk on 17 December. In 1907 John Weston built the first aircraft on South African soil at Brandfort in the Orange Free State. In 1909 Albert Kimmerling... Read more.

Mission Statement

SAAsMA is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of the art and science of aviation, space and environmental medicine, with the goal of playing a leading role in Southern Africa. In support of this it is our commitment to... Read more.

AME Refresher Courses for 2017

The dates of the two AME Refresher Courses scheduled for 2017 are:

a. 6 February - (book before 6 Jan 2017).

b. 2 October - (book before I Sept 2017).

Kindly note that these courses will only take place if there are 10 confirmed bookings in place one month prior to the scheduled date.

Because of the ad hoc AME Refresher Course now scheduled for 28th November 2016, it is unlikely that the Refresher Course scheduled for 6th February 2017 will take place.

No applications for the February course have been received so far and unless we have 10 confirmed bookings by the 6th of January (which seems highly unlikely at present) the course will be cancelled.

Those who are interested in attending either course must complete the application form that can be obtained from Ms Nishana Naran at Enterprises UP - nishana.naran@enterprises.up.ac.za

Any other questions can be directed to Chris Blunden - chrisjb0157@yahoo.com

 

Your association needs you

On 27 July 2014, the South African Aerospace Medical Association (SAAsMA) rose Phoenix-like from the ashes of its predecessor, the South African Aviation Medical Association (SAAMA). The new Association was born at the Conference held at the Netcare Conference Facility in Sandton, and its formation was long overdue in view of all the changes that hace occurred in the aeromedical world over the past few years. These are turbulent times, and a medical professional body is sorely needed in South Africa to represent the interests of DAMES, and to provide a body that can help them to attain and maintain a high level of professional competence in the interests of Flight Safety.
SAAsMA is also fortunate in now being able to draw on the expertise of the SA Psychological Association to whose members it now offers Associate membership. The psychological aspects of Flight Safety are coming under increasing scrutiny as the man/machine interface changes with advances in technology, and their expertise is of major value to us.
The activities of SAAsMA can most easily be accessed through its website (www.saasma.co.za). Anyone can access it, although the Forum and some other areas will only be accessible to members – which brings us to a vital point, which is membership of the Association. We are fortunate in having a core of aeromedical experts on the Executive Committee, headed by the current President of the Association, Dr. Kobus Kotzé. However, the Association cannot reach its full potential without more members. This is YOUR association. It is there to represent YOUR interests, and to give you the information that you need to keep your work as a DAME up to the highest professional standards. Please join us, not only in your own interests, but in those of the Flight Crews and Air Traffic Controllers that you serve. Flight Safety of the highest standard is still the name of the game, and will remain so.

SAASMA conference presentations 28-31 July 2016

AME refresher course 28 November 2016

Following our very successful SAAsMA conference in July this year there was virtually no interest in the AME refresher course scheduled at the beginning of October which was then cancelled with the next course planned for 6 February 2017 (with the next full AME course scheduled for 13 to 24 February 2017).

The implementation of the EMPIC system has resulted in a sudden increase in interest in attending an AME refresher course this year. After talking to Dr Bogatsu it was decided that since there is now enough interest a refresher course will be presented on 28 November 2016.

The refresher course is not a duplication of the EMPIC training which has been held across the country recently. The refresher course is a CAA and ICAO requirement, and is about continuous training in Aerospace Medicine and so does not cover the IT or manual recording of patient data.

All DAMES are required to do a refresher course every four years. Take note that, as I’m sure you know, attending either the SAAsMA conference or any other international aviation medicine conference counts as a refresher course.

Those who are interested in attending the refresher course must complete the application form that has been supplied to some of you by Ms Nomcebo Thabede. If you don’t have an application form you can get one from Ms Nishana Naran at Enterprises UP (nishana.naran@enterprises.up.ac.za ).

Kindly note that Dr Bogatsu is busy arranging some practical medical flight testing for attendees so the refresher course is planned to take place at Oliver Tambo Airport.