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NAS Patuxent River, Md. - As new aircraft, equipment and technology are created, a need to understand the human engineering factors that contribute to their operational safety is paramount to mishap reduction. As Naval Aviation evolves, it requires an understanding of how science and engineering impact the operators who fly and manage these aircraft.
While Naval Aviation is aware of the contributions of flight surgeons, less is known about the aeromedical dual designator (AMDD) program and the benefits it provides to Naval Aviation. The AMDD program is typically for medical officers to seek a dual qualification in Naval Aviation to better understand the effects of flight on the human system; however, for the first time in the program’s nearly 100-year history, a non-medical doctor has been winged as a dual designator, and just recently completed his fleet utilization tour flying the MH-60R Seahawk.
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