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FAA - Civil Aerospace Medical Institute

Laboratory Information:

FAA - Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
Agency/Department: Dept. of Transportation
Region: Mid-Continent

FLC Laboratory Representative:

Melchor J Antuñano M.D.
Phone: 405-954-6250
Fax: 405-954-3705

Background/History of the Laboratory:

Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is located at the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) in Oklahoma City, Okla., and it is the medical certification, education, research, and occupational medicine wing of the Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM). CAMI's Aerospace Medical Certification Division is responsible for the administration of a program to fulfill the aeromedical certification needs of approximately 620,000 holders of U.S. pilot certificates. CAMI receives about 1,900 applications for airman medical certificates every day and is responsible for the processing of an average of 450,000 applications per year. The FAA medical certification program is the most flexible, pilot-friendly, and safety-oriented medical certification system around the world, and represents a role model for other countries. CAMI's Aerospace Medical Education Division is responsible for policy development, planning, evaluation, and administration of: 1) a centralized program for the selection, designation, training, and management of about 5,000 Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) appointed to conduct physical examinations and issue FAA medical certificates to about 620,000 civil airmen throughout the U.S. and in 93 countries worldwide; 2) aeromedical education programs for FAA flight crews and the civil aviation pilots, programs include aviation physiology, global survival, and aviation human factors; 3) aeromedical publications (aviation safety brochures, research technical reports, and the Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin) and other didactic materials (training manuals, multimedia products, presentation materials, etc.) used to disseminate aeromedical information to promote aviation safety; and 4) a highly specialized library system in support of a broad range of aeromedical and aviation safety reference/research programs. CAMI's Aerospace Human Factors Research Division conducts an integrated program of field and laboratory performance research in organizational and human factors aspects of aviation work environments. Research includes, but is not limited to, human performance under various conditions of impairment, human error analysis and remediation, agency work force optimization, training analysis and career enhancement, impact of advanced automation systems on personnel requirements and performance, human factors evaluations of performance changes associated with advanced multifunction displays and controls in general aviation and air traffic control, and the psycho-physiological aspects of workload and work scheduling on job proficiency and safety in aviation related human-machine systems. CAMI's Aerospace Medical Research Division is responsible for enhancing human safety, security, and survivability in civilian aerospace operations. The program provides the primary bioaeronautical research associated with civilian aerospace safety and performance. There are three main research activities: (1) investigation of the injury and death patterns in civilian flight accidents along with meticulous analysis to determine cause(s) and prevention strategies; (2) development of recommendations for protective equipment and procedures; and (3) evaluation of options, on behalf of FAA regulatory and medical certification staff charged with the proposal of safety and health regulations addressing all aircraft cabin occupants.

Mission of the Laboratory:

CAMI's mission is to assure civil aerospace safety in the U.S. through excellence in medical certification, aerospace medical education, human factors research, aerospace medical research, and occupational health services. The main objectives of CAMI programs include:

  • Enhancing aerospace safety through the application of medical and human factors knowledge,
  • Achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction by valuing our customers and providing our services in the most effective and efficient manner,
  • Promoting and protect the health and well being of aerospace transportation personnel and users,
  • Creating and fostering domestic and international working relationships.


Technology Transfer Mechanisms:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)