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School of Army Aviation Medicine

ARMY FLIGHT SURGEON COURSE

FLIGHT SURGEON PRIMARY COURSE: Mission Statement "Train joint and combined health care providers in the art and science of aviation medicine with special emphasis on current aeromedical policies and procedures."

The Army Flight Surgeon Primary Course (AFSPC) is six weeks in duration and meets three times during the year.  The course is broken into four modules: Aviation and Aviation Survival, Flight Physiology, Aviation Medicine Programs, and Aviation Operations and Mishaps. 

Students attend training for six consecutive weeks; however, National Guard and Reserve Component Soldiers may complete the course in two separate three week blocks.  This is a post graduate training course so expect to be challenged academically.  Additionally, the AFSPC will provide realistic, state of the art training in helicopter egress simulators, Blackhawk flight simulators and the U.S. Army’s only hypobaric altitude chamber.  Graduates will be expertly prepared to undertake the challenge of implementing the aviation medicine program at their home unit. 

Flight Surgeon Primary Course – Physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners attending the course are required to have the following:
- A fully qualified class 2 Flight Duty Medical Exam. 
Fully qualified means stamped “Qualified” or “Waiver granted” by the US Army Aeromedical Activity.
- Must be in the grades of O-2 thru O-6. 
The only exceptions are 4th year medical students who have been cleared to attend by the Course Director.
- Graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic Course or equivalent. 
Exceptions for medical students as above.
- Commissioned in the Medical Corps and able to be placed on Operational Flight Status IAW AR 616-110.  Exceptions for medical students as above.
 
- Possess a minimum of a Secret security clearance.
 
- Must meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9.

 
Aviation Medicine Orientation (Refresher)/Aviation Medicine Clinic NCO Course:
- A flight physical is not a specific requirement to attend the FS Orientation/Refresher Course or the NCO Admin Course.  Sister service students attending the Orientation/Refresher course should contact the Course Director for further guidance.
 

 
FLIGHT  PHYSICALS: WHO MUST HAVE A FLIGHT PHYSICAL? A CURRENT CLASS II FLYING DUTY MEDICAL EXAMINATION (FDME) IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PHASE 1 AND PHASE 2 STUDENTS.  There will be NO initial or repeat FDME at Fort Rucker once the course begins, and all waiver requests must be completed prior to arrival at Ft. Rucker.  The FDME process is detailed and may take several weeks to several months to complete.  Therefore, begin this process without delay.  Weight in excess of standards is administratively disqualifying and will not be waived.  Anyone presenting at Ft. Rucker without a fully qualified Class II FDME, or with a disqualifying medical condition for which a waiver has not yet been granted will not be permitted to attend the course.  Contact the Course Director for any difficulties completing the flight physical.

Note for USAF, USN, USCG or allied nations students: You do not need an Army specific Flight Physical; however, your physical must meet or exceed the standards of the Army Class II Flight Duty Medical Examination.  It is HIGHLY suggested that you get your flight physical completed at an Army installation with a flight provider that has access to the AERO flight physical system. 
This will ensure no specific requirements or standards are missing or overlooked and will significantly decrease your wait time in getting qualified.

WHO CAN DO YOUR FLIGHT PHYSICAL? Your physical may be completed by any DoD or Coast Guard Flight Surgeon, but it is preferred that you see an Army Flight Surgeon if possible.

WHERE TO GET YOUR PHYSICAL? Most active Army posts or military instillations will have an Aviation Medicine Clinic, Family Practice Clinic or Troop Clinic with a Flight Surgeon assigned. If you are near an active duty post, start by calling the hospital or main clinic and ask if there is an Aviation Medicine Clinic. If there is not, try calling the Family Practice Clinic and ask if there is a Flight Surgeon in the clinic who can do your flight physical, or if they know where you might find one.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR FLIGHT PHYSICAL: After completing your Flight Physical as described above, ask the Flight Surgeon if the flight physical will be entered into AERO. If the flight surgeon cannot enter the flight physical into AERO, he/she can submit the paperwork by

US Mail to:  Commander, USAAMC (MCXY-AER), 301 Andrews Ave, Ft Rucker, AL 36362-5333

HOW TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR PHYSICAL: After submitting your physical, it may take AAMA several weeks or even months to process it. It is up to you and your submitting flight provider to follow through with AAMA to ensure first that it has been received, and finally that it has been reviewed and qualified. There will often be discrepancies found, so submission does NOT guarantee that it is complete. You must check back to ensure that the "qualified" or “waiver granted” stamp has been applied to your physical.
  Any Flight Surgeon with an AERO account may check on the status of your physical at any time after it`s been submitted.  If there are any questions that the flight surgeon cannot answer for you, or if you have problems or questions regarding your physical, you may contact AAMA directly at: Com# 334.255.0749 DSN 558-0749


AR 40-501, CH 4 & 6 and the Aeromedical Policy Letters and Technical Bulletins define the requirements and physical standards for aviation service in the Army.
  COURSE CONTACT

Course Director: DSN: 558-7300  Commercial: (334) 255-7300
Course NCOIC: DSN: 558-7449  Commercial: (334) 255-7449
Course ANCOIC: DSN: 558-7439  Commercial: (334) 225-7439
Scheduling Information: DSN: 558-7445   Commercial:(334) 255-7445