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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. (Updated 31 May 2017)

EMPIC: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

As you are aware, the SACAA EMPIC Medical System went live for Designated Aviation Medicine on the 30th September 2017; please note that our office will not accept manual documents unless special arrangements have been made with our office for a DAME to continue with the manual system. Our office has compiled a list of questions identified by DAMEs and Medical Assessors and answers to address possible questions that may arise during the early stages of the implementation of the system for your reference below:

Dr Lesego Bogatsu     25 October 2017

Section 1: Questions Relating to Part 67 Regulations

For questions & answers click here

BSc Hons (Aerospace Medicine)

Applications for 2018 are now closed.  

AME Refresher Courses

(Updated 26 October 2017)

Two Refresher Courses are scheduled for 2018 i.e., the 5th of February and the 1st of October 2018 but are unlikely to take place as the backlog for refresher courses has been eliminated. 

In addition, the 2018 SAAsMA conference also counts as a refresher course and is scheduled to take place from the 27th to the 29th of July.

Refresher course applications can be be obtained from Ms Nthabiseng Mokoka via Enterprises UP at nthabiseng.mokoka@enterprises.up.ac.za

Any other questions can be directed to Dr Chris Blunden at chris.blunden@up.ac.za

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 have 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. Rudi Britz. 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.

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.

Finding relevant medical information on the SACAA website

The SACAA technical standards relating to medical matters can be found on the SACAA website using two methods. 

For more information click here

Aviation Medical Examiners Course 2018

(Updated 27 October)

Presented by the Aerospace Medicine Division, University of Pretoria in cooperation with the SAMHS Institute for Aviation Medicine and the Aviation Medicine Department of SACAA

Course dates: 12–23 February 2018 (Weekdays only)

Venue: Institute for Aviation Medicine, 1 Lionel Slade Road, Lyttelton

Introduction

The Aviation Medical Examiners Course trains and qualifies medical doctors to comply with the requirements for registration as Designated Aviation Medical Examiners (DAMEs) with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).The course is offered in cooperation with the South African Military Health Services’ (SAMHS) Institute for Aviation Medicine to both military and civilian medical doctors and is the only course presented in South Africa that trains and qualifies medical doctors for DAMEs registration. The course is presented over ten contact days (two consecutive weeks).

For more information click here

SAASMA conference presentations 28-31 July 2016

Download SAAsMA Conference Presentations 28-31 July 2016

Kindly note that there is no SAAsMA conference in 2017.  The next one will take place in 2018, probably in July.