Air Chief in­au­gu­rates 64th In­ter­na­tional Congress of Avi­a­tion and Space Medicine


The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha in­au­gu­rated the 64th In­ter­na­tional Congress of Avi­a­tion and Space Medicine, or­gan­ised by the In­dian So­ci­ety of Avi­a­tion Medicine (ISAM) in Delhi re­cently.

He stressed upon the fact that the mod­ern air­craft, with ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy are highly ca­pa­ble, how­ever hu­man ca­pa­bil­i­ties both phys­i­cal, phys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal at times cause a con­straint in full ex­ploita­tion of these ma­chines to their full po­ten­tial. This gap is ably bridged by avi­a­tion medicine spe­cial­ists who take an ac­tive part to en­sure that the man-ma­chine com­bi­na­tion is op­ti­mised by be­ing a friend, philoso­pher and guide to air­crew and all oth­ers as­so­ci­ated with avi­a­tion.

Air Mar­shal Pawan Kapoor, DGMS (Air) and the Pres­i­dent of ISAM, said that the theme of the congress ‘Learn & Over­come’ fo­cused on the de­sire to over­come all stum­bling blocks in the way of progress of avi­a­tion and fur­ther build on our con­tri­bu­tions to the cause of aero­space safety and hu­man per­for­mance op­ti­mi­sa­tion. Dr Pooshan Na­vathe, a renowned avi­a­tion medicine ex­pert, de­liv­ered the pres­ti­gious Dr An­dre Al­lard lec­ture wherein he brought out how more and more air­crew with dif­fer­ent med­i­cal is­sues can con­tinue to fly with­out ham­per­ing aero­space safety. All this is pos­si­ble be­cause of the ad­vance­ment of med­i­cal sci­ence and the use of ev­i­dence based medicine to en­sure that trained air­crew both mil­i­tary and civil con­tin­ues to re­main in the cock­pit.

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