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Wet versus dry leasing: It’s not about the fuel

Members only | Feb 07, 2014

Aviation terminology can be confusing. In the context of regulatory compliance, it’s quite important to make a distinction between wet and dry leasing.

The case of Schuyler 'Sky' King

Members only | Feb 03, 2014

Schuyler "Sky" King, a law enforcement officer from Grover, Ariz., was seeing a urologist pretty regularly. He required a second class medical certificate for his job.

AOPA Plus membership is now AOPA Premier

Article | Jan 31, 2014

Want to get even more from your membership in AOPA? Then AOPA Premier could be for you.

Could John Silver get a third class medical certificate?

Members only | Jan 29, 2014

Should an airman have a condition that requires a modification to the aircraft--let's say the loss of a leg--the pilot will need to have the aircraft modified to FAA specifications and learn to fly that particular aircraft.

The case of the airman with colon cancer

Members only | Jan 06, 2014

You should know how important it is to get regular colon cancer screenings when you reach the age of 50.

You need it and you need it now

Members only | Dec 27, 2013

A medical condition that brings the FAA machinery to bear down on you can be baffling. The best thing you can do is prepare.

Fly Well: Drug wars

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Shooting approaches at Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) in San Diego, California, just north of the Mexican border, might include interesting liaisons...

Collateral damage, part 2

Members only | Dec 09, 2013

FAA personnel reallocations, terminated government contracts in an effort to save costs, glitches with progress on the Digital Imaging Workflow System, and the government shutdown have compounded to produce a larger-than-usual backlog of special issuance medicals for tens of thousands of pilots.

Membership Highlights: Working for you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Protecting Your Right to Fly: Taking on regulatory and legislative threats to general aviation has remained the association’s primary focus for more than 70 years.

Too sweet to fly

Members only | Nov 11, 2013

Diabetes mellitus that is diet and exercise controlled does not require a special issuance, so your AME may issue a medical certificate without approval from the FAA. However, you will need some documentation for your AME at the time of your next FAA physical examination.

Accident or incident? Don't be too quick to call the FAA

Members only | Oct 21, 2013

Many pilots are surprised to learn that there is no requirement to call the FAA following an accident or incident. The relevant reporting rules specify what needs to be reported to the NTSB, not the FAA.

A cast of characters talks aviation

Article | Oct 11, 2013

The Oct. 11 keynote address featured a cast of characters all in love with aviation.

The value of experience

Members only | Oct 07, 2013

AOPA is the only general aviation organization with a full-time staff of medical certification specialists whose primary role is to assist members with medical certification challenges.

Do-over medical reporting

Members only | Sep 30, 2013

The FAA medical application can be confusing, but there is a distinction between making an honest mistake and making a fraudulent or intentionally false statement.

PPS: A timely value

Members only | Sep 09, 2013

Director of AOPA Medical Certification Services Gary Crump discusses the value of AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services in the context of the real world of airman medical certification.

A questionable rationale

Article | Sep 04, 2013

Federal border protection agents are using ramp checks as a pretext for stopping and sometimes searching domestic GA flights, and AOPA demands the practice cease.

Fly Well: Hip to be hip

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” stated Friedrich Nietzsche. And the reverse is true—making oneself stronger reduces the chance of a premature journey across the river Styx.

Pilot Counsel: ASRS

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It seems time again to remind pilots about the FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP), administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).

Dos and don'ts in preparing a special issuance (waiver) packet

Article | Aug 19, 2013

If you develop a medical problem during the time period that your current FAA medical certificate is in effect, you need to go to the medical certification section of AOPA's website and see if the condition will require a special issuance waiver.