Mayo Clinic's Aerospace Medicine program supports aviation safety by providing comprehensive care, biomedical research and education for pilots, aviation personnel and passengers on the ground and in the air.
The Aerospace Medicine program offers a comprehensive range of services, including:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) trains and certifies the Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). The FAA has designated certain Mayo physicians with a minimum of three years of accurately performing flight physicals as Senior Aviation Medical Examiners (SAMEs). SAMEs are qualified to perform Class I examinations, which meet the standard for commercial airline transport pilots. Mayo flight examiners have also received advanced flight surgeon training to be designated by the FAA as a center for Special Medical Excellence for expediting complex Special Issuance waiver cases.