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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)

BSc Hons (Aerospace Medicine)

(Updated 1 July 2017)

NB!!  The next BSc Hons (Aerospace Medicine) degree’s 2-year cycle starts in January 2018.  Those interested must apply electronically before the 31st of July 2017 (this year).  PLEASE NOTE: No late applications will be considered.  See the SHSPH Info Pack at http://shsph.up.ac.za 
Hard copy applications are no longer accepted.  All applications must be made online at:

http://www.up.ac.za/en/online-application/article/2445192/apply-at-the-university-of-pretoria

Applications should be completed in full and correctly. An incomplete application form will delay the selection processing of the application for admission. All required supporting documents can be faxed to 086 651 7529 or e-mailed to reuben.semenya@up.ac.za.

Any other questions can be directed to:

Dr Chris Blunden
Tel: +27(0) 12 671 6806
E-mail:
chris.blunden@up.ac.za   

AME Refresher Course for 2017

(Updated 1 July 2017)

The SACAA is currently checking (they are apparently less than half-way) that all AMEs have the necessary equipment in their rooms and that all have attended either an Aerospace MedicineConference or a Refresher Course within the last four years.  This resulted in a sudden demand and the AME Refresher Course that was scheduled for the 2nd of October was brought forward to the 30th of June 2017 and twenty-five AMEs attended this course. 

Holding another Refresher Course on the 2nd of October will only be considered if at least 10 AMEs apply.  This seems unlikely based on previous years, but there are apparently more than twenty AMEs who will no longer be current by the end of the year.  If you are one of them, the SACAA will probably be contacting you soon.  The next scheduled Refresher Course is the 5th of February 2018, again only if the minimum number of AMEs apply but this has not happened in February for the last three years (in fact, only 2 enquiries for all three years).   

Places on any of the Refresher Courses should be booked one month in advance.  To avoid any problems, book now. 

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

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

For those that still have a year to go – plan to attend the 2018 SAAsMA Conference, provisionally scheduled for 27 to 29 July.

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.

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.

Aviation Medical Examiner Course 2018

Presented by the Aerospace Medicine Division, University of Pretoria in conjunction with the South African Military Health Services’ Institute for Aviation Medicine and the Aviation Medicine section of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

When: 12th to 23rd of February 2018 (weekdays only). Note that only one course is presented annually so book early. Last bookings should be made by 12th January 2018.
Where: Institute for Aviation Medicine, 1 Lionel Slade Road, Lyttelton, Centurion.

Brief description

The Aviation Medical Examiners Course qualifies medical doctors as Aviation Medical Examiners, fulfilling the requirements for registration as Designated Aviation Medical Examiners (DAMEs) with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

Learning outcomes

After attending the course, successful medical doctors should:

  • be proficient in performing aviation medical examinations on pilots and other aircrew members; and
  • fulfil the requirements for registration as Designated Aviation Medical Examiners with the SACAA.

Accreditation

Short courses and programmes presented by the University of Pretoria via Enterprises UP are not unit standard based and not credit-bearing on the National Qualifications Framework, but are fully recognised by the University of Pretoria. Delegates successfully completing a course and who comply with the relevant assessment criteria, receive a certificate of successful completion from the University of Pretoria.

Who should enrol?

Any medical doctor interested in the field of aviation medicine who wishes to register as a DAME. In addition successful completion of the AME course is a requirement for commencing the BSc Hons (Aerospace Medicine) degree offered at the University of Pretoria.

Admission requirements

An MBChB Degree is required.

Assessment

  • There is no entry exam but to register as a DAME participants must pass an exam (60% required) at the end of the course.
  • CPD points are allocated for this course.

To register, contact the course co-ordinator
Nishana Naran
Tel: +27(0) 12 434 2612
Email: Nishana.naran@enterprises.up.ac.za

Enquiries regarding content
Dr Chris Blunden
Tel: +27(0) 12 671 6806
E-mail: chris.blunden@up.ac.za

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.