Principal Medical Officer
CAA New Zealand
tel: +64 (4) 560-9400 fax: +64 (4) 560-9470
1. Aeromedical decision making evidence-based risk management
(paradigm paper based on my AS&EM article of January this year)
2. Cardiovascular risk assessment
3. Diabetic pilot case
4. Certification system of New Zeland
5. Case report: Airline pilot with recurrent neurocardiogenic syncope
Approximately 600 hours of flight time logged with over 400 hours logged as pilot-in-command. Experience with a variety of aircraft types in various capacities. These aircraft include:
Dr Watson undertook his undergraduate medical studies at Melbourne University in Australia and spent four years working in hospital medical practice, where his pay-cheques were immediately diverted into flying training fees or aircraft rental payments, before falling into company with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
During his 14 years with the RAAF, as a uniformed officer and a civilian employee, Dr Watson studied military aviation medicine in Australia and completed post-graduate aviation medical studies both at 'Farnborough' (UK) and with the University of Otago (New Zealand). He also studied aircraft accident investigation at the University of Southern California (USA) and underwater medicine with the Royal Australian Navy. His military aviation medical work also involved night vision goggle flight training (USA, Australia, and Malaysia), development work in support of High Altitude Parachuting, and altitude training physiology research on Australian elite athletes. During this period he was recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust Fellowship, the Prince of Wales Award, and the Sports Medicine Australia Young investigator of the year award. Dr Watson concluded his employment with the RAAF with a brief tour as Commanding Officer of the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine.
In accepting the position of Principal Medical Officer with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (2001) Dr Watson shifted a career of primarily military to civil aviation medicine. His efforts and contributions in the field of aviation medicine have been further recognised in his being awarded membership (Academician) of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (1998), an AsMA (Aerospace Medical Association) President's Citation (1999), AsMA Fellowship (2000), and Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society (2005). Dr Watson continues to expand his education and training through ongoing aviation human factors and occupational medicine studies.When not working or flying Dr Watson is immersed in his other full-time job, a family that includes three children under 7 years of age, and occasionally finds time to ride mountain bikes for recreation or competition. He also established, and maintains, the aeromed-list aeromedical internet mailing list and a long-standing aviation medicine website at www.aeromedical.org.