Medicine: towards category 1?

Yesterday, inspectors from the FAA (United States Federal Aviation Agency) were at the offices of the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) to give track changes initiated by this dependency following a downgrade of our country to category 2 which prevents our airlines from starting new routes and frequencies from Mexico to the United States.

Of the 28 observations that were made, 4 aspects need to be changed to comply with Appendices 1, 6 and 8 of the International Civil Aviation Organization, there are four which refer to the monitoring of the health of the crew and which relate specifically to the specialty of aeronautical medicine, which in Mexico is attached to the Directorate General for Protection and Preventive Medicine in Transportled by Dr. José Manuel Nogueira.

For many years, the country’s aviation industry has requested in many ways that practicing physicians Aptitude tests for aircrew, they can return to the perimeter of the aeronautical authority (formerly DGAC, today AFAC) within the framework of a exclusive direction of aeronautical medicinesince the activity of aircrews has characteristics specific to those who must examine them.

The specialty of aeronautical medicine existed in our country many years ago, thanks to the vision and excellent management of personalities such as Dr. Luis Amezcua (RIP), who understood the importance of providing members with crew all experience of doctors who study and know in depth the problems faced by pilots and flight attendants -which also extends to other types of aeronautical technical personnel, such as air traffic controllers-, whose pressure and stress make them vulnerable to the acquisition of occupational diseases, but in addition, these problems can result in other risks that extend to users. air transport.

Despite all this and the fact that ICAO and other aviation authorities around the world place a premium on specialty, years ago a bureaucrat decided to lump aviation medicine with the rest of transportation, even though it’s as different as that. is sea, rail and land. This caused many problems due to lack of budget and vices which have taken place in many administrations and which have been accentuated in the management of 18 years of Dr. Aguilar Zínser.

It is known that the new director of transport medicine is determined to support the crew members and the sector so that with the necessary changes, category 1 can be recovered. This includes an agreement that has been signed with NWAC to be clear and professional authority oversight, streamline the review process and initiate an essential training path for physicians which will assist the aeronautical technical staff, as well as the formalization of protocols and other details.

The mission is not easy but it is palpable that there is the will to do it. The delay left by the pandemic and the cancellation of the license of 300 authorized private doctors At the beginning of this administration, it declined and the training of doctors began in various fields. It’s already a good sign.

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