“We cannot solve problems by thinking in the same way as when we created them” – Albert Einstein
A couple of days ago we learned that the Aviation Medicine will remain closed, despite the fact that there was some attempt to reopen it on October 1.
Today they tell us that will be until January 1, 2021 when, tentatively, the offices will be opened and the examinations of aeronautical technical personnel will be restarted.
After a six-month extension to all aeronautical licenses that require to be supported by a medical examination (extension that by the way expires on December 31)Every day dozens continue to accumulate and there are already hundreds of workers in the industry who see their exam delayed and in the end there will be thousands who will require the service.
To meet the huge pent-up demand, as a result of the health crisis, the department of AFAC Aviation Medicine It will require a fast and effective strategy and procedures to carry out examinations, although knowing the way of acting of our authorities, we already know that everything is in doubt and we cannot speak of efficiency or speed until we are seeing it.
An issue that must be taken up again and even if it is one that the authorities have shown they do not want or talk about, it is that which refers to specialist doctors licensed for medical services to third parties.
It has been said that this service was canceled due to irregularities and corruption. As is customary, no names or evidence have been presented to bring these cases to resolution, in accordance with the AFAC regulations and, where appropriate, in accordance with the law.
Not all aeronautical medicine specialists can be accused of corruption, nor all those who require their services, because we know that there are very professional and efficient people among all of them.
We know that there are many countries in the world, starting with United States, where there are hundreds of aviation doctors dependent on FEW, which ensure that users can revalidate their medical examinations and this is carried out within very strict rules and very precise supervision procedures.
Just as an example, in some places there are inspectors who appear disguised as “Users” to the doctors on a random basis to verify that they are doing their work within the established parameters.
Why not do something similar in Mexico to be able to speed up this process and restart the exams as soon as possible?
It’s all about imagination and will.
Observing the strict sanitary rules, which obviously we do not have to explain to the doctors, they can perform up to 10 exams in a single day and among just 20 specialists distributed in the most important cities could take about 200 exams, which would be enough to unblock a problem that in one or two months can turn into real chaos.
Honestly, it is difficult to understand why the direction of Aviation Medicine you are so resistant to making things more agile and simple in an industry that today more than ever requires your support in order to get ahead of the serious problem it faces.
Many of the industry workers who require a license are working with expired medical exams.
An extension by the AFAC does not guarantee that your health is not compromised and furthermore, according to the licensing regulations, having an expired medical examination means that the license is too.
What could happen if, unfortunately, an incident or accident occurs and the investigators find that the medical examination and / or the license of any of the crew members has expired?
How would the authorities of a foreign country react if the accident occurs at one of its airports or in its airspaces?
The life and equipment insurance companies contracted by the airlines could refuse the corresponding payments, especially if that crew member involved is found to have a medical problem that would have him considered as medically NOT fit.
And there are many other questions that institutions such as the industrial and industrial workers unions should be asking. Pilots College, in combination with the administrations of the different airlines that, to this day, have not officially addressed the issue.
Either way, son the authorities themselves who are ultimately responsible for ensuring safety for those who are transported by air that all personnel involved in the operation of a flight are physically and mentally fit to do the job.
Bureaucracy, inefficiency, unwillingness and pretexts have also cost lives in air crashes and incidents around the world and not to be forgotten.