Ramstein is a small town best known for being home to the Ramstein Air Base. Most of those who come to the town visit the base or family members stationed there. Ramstein doesn't have a well-developed tourist industry, but some notable sites are in town and in surrounding areas.
The city of Kaiserslautern is fewer than eight miles from Ramstein. Kaiserslautern is home to a large American community, mostly NATO forces and military personnel and their families.
Aircrew performance is a critical determinant of mission effectiveness. Modern technology has led to current air operations becoming increasingly challenging, which require aircrew to be physically, medically and psychologically fit. The development of dynamic fifth generation multi-role aircraft employs a single seat cockpit, which increase the pilot’s psycho-physical workload compared with previous generation aircraft. Costs of training Aircrew are rising, making each individual a significant financial investment, which gives an incentive to maintain Aircrew in flying status for longer, and therefore more likely to suffer from age related or natural disease. In this regard, Aerospace Medicine is becoming more personalized flight medicine focusing on the individual’s capabilities and condition, which define the medical care required. In addition, adequate perception and situational awareness are keys to the effectiveness of the human component of airborne military forces in the man/machine interface. In a network enabled air scenario (ISTAR) aircrew have to cope with multiple psycho-physical stresses. In this context, aircrew now include ground-based operators of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, and individuals working in cyberspace.
SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVE(S) AND EXPECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
The objective of this Course is to provide state of the art knowledge and practices, share national practices and evaluate new and emerging technologies on the subject of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance in its broadest context to NATO Flight Surgeons, by a group of expert lecturers from NATO nations. The course will cover the current and future challenges in Aerospace Medicine at home (selection, training, retention, career fields, aging) and in deployed area (exposure, threat, non-linear warfare) in more demanding and hostile missions, with exponentially growing technology, in a more volatile world.