AOPA Pilot Protection Services

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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.

Five ways to not get cancer

Members only | Aug 12, 2013

Over the past few decades great strides have been made in finding ever more successful treatments for many types of malignant disease, but Ben Franklin's weighty quotation "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is on target.

Top five dumb aviation medical examiner (AME) tricks

Article | Aug 06, 2013

Not all aviation medical examiners are created equal, and some do not act in the best interests of their pilots.

Last Discussion on CACI Medical Conditions

Article | Jul 31, 2013

I am going to go over the final three medical conditions included in the CACI group.

Leadership vacuum complicates correcting CBP excesses

Article | Jul 18, 2013

A lack of oversight may have allowed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to overstep the bounds of its police functions.

AOPA heading to Oshkosh

Article | Jul 11, 2013

Visit the AOPA Tent during EAA AirVenture July 29 through Aug. 4. The tent will be located in booth 193 through 195 outside of Hangar C.

Documents pilots need to provide for conditions AMEs can issue

Article | Jul 05, 2013

Dr. Warren S. Silberman offers pointers on what you need to get your treating physician to provide to you prior to visiting your AME if you have glaucoma, chronic hepatitis C, hypothyroidism, or hypertension.

AOPA building case against customs

Article | Jun 27, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have responded to AOPA with a call from the Freedom of Information Office, promising to explore the delay in responding to AOPA’s letter to acting Customs Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. AOPA isn’t waiting for answers and is building a case against CBP to take the issue to the next level.

Are you really good to go if it doesn’t say so?

Article | Jun 26, 2013

Why do we keep hearing stories about pilots picking up their aircraft after having maintenance done and not verifying the proper maintenance log entry? Owners, pilots, and mechanics all share in the blame.