AT what altitude is additional oxygen required in a fighter jet? What is the extent of load that the human body can take and how can this be maximised during combat? Answers to these questions are some of the outcomes of aeromedical research. The 56th annual three-day conference of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine is underway in the city. It is being held at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) on Old Airport Road. At the inaugural address, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa announced that IAM had procured the High performance Human Centrifuge Disorientation Simulators and the latest Ejection Procedure Simulator at the Aeromedical Training Centres. “The progress made in Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training is an example of the support aerospace medicine has made to the evolving flying environment,” he was quoted as saying, according to a press statement. IAM provides support to the Indian Aviation Industry. “Grounding of pilots on medical grounds is a tremendous loss to an organisation. Your scientific work may provide hope to aviators who have overcome medical ailments so as to return to active flying duties,” Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, said. The Conference is being attended by service delegates (medical officers and aerospace medicine specialists from the Army, Navy and Air Force), civilian delegates and foreign delegates with 15 scientific sessions where novel research will be presented. Dr Scott Allen Shappell, professor, Department of Human Systems at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, will be delivering the Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee Memorial Oration which is one of the highlights of the conference every year. The Air Vice Marshal Srinagesh Memorial Oration will be delivered by Air Commodore Dr Harish Malik who will speak on Civil Aerospace Medicine in India.