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Fly Well: Who pays the Piper?

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

How you can celebrate your seventy-fifth anniversary.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

Pilot Counsel: Freedom to fly

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Our right to use the airspace.

Diabetes mellitus on oral medications

Article | Oct 26, 2012

Diet-controlled diabetes mellitus is one of the five medical conditions that your aviation medical examiner may grant issuance if you come to your examination with the proper documentation.

Aviation Legal Advice from Kathy Yodice

Article | Oct 16, 2012

Understanding the basics of FAA enforcement is something every pilot show know. It can make a big difference if you are ever faced with an FAA enforcement action. Kathy Yodice, Esq., of Yodice Associates, a former FAA attorney and counsel for AOPA's Legal Services Plan, will share her insights from over 20 years of aviation law experience.

NASA report: Your 'get out of jail free' card?

Article | Oct 16, 2012

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), known to many as the "NASA report," is designed to get valuable information about what is going on in the system from those who are actually using the system. But the best part is you may possibly 'get out of jail free' by sharing the information.

Six tips to get your medical faster

Article | Oct 12, 2012

Based on our frequent interactions with the FAA's Aerospace Medical Certification Division, AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump shares six tips you can do to hasten the process of wresting your medical certificate from the FAA.

The Big C: Medical certification of prostate or breast cancer

Article | Oct 10, 2012

Dr. Warren Silberman, the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, offers insight into how the FAA views the particular treatments for prostate and breast cancer, and what you can expect when you present medical records to the agency.

Seeing colors, but not by knockout?

Article | Sep 20, 2012

This isn't an article about boxing and what happens when you get knocked out, but concerns a hereditary or acquired condition known as color vision deficiency.

'What, me worry?'

Article | Sep 17, 2012

Alfred E. Neuman, the slightly manic icon of "Mad" magazine fame, brought this phrase into common usage. He was probably not a pilot. As aviators we do not approach our flights in such cavalier manner.

FAA application = FAA investigation

Article | Sep 11, 2012

Did you know that when you apply for an FAA airman certificate or rating or submit an application for a medical certificate that the FAA is "investigating" your qualifications?

Who's the Boss: Pilot in Command

Article | Sep 07, 2012

If there is a violation of the FARs during a flight, the pilot in command is likely the one in trouble with FAA. It may be good to be the king, but it comes at a price, so you better know who is the king!

FAA requires EKG for first-class airmen, certain conditions

Article | Sep 07, 2012

The main policy where electrocardiograms (EKGs) are required is in first-class airmen. An EKG is required when a first-class airman turns age 35 and then each year after one turns age 40.

Fly Well: Practice good strokes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Stroking a cat soothes him and you, stroking egos beguiles, and doing the breast stroke in the pool exhilarates. And that’s about it for good strokes.

What is 'reportable' medical history?

Article | Aug 31, 2012

Since we will soon be completing our medical applications online with the mandatory utilization of the FAA's MedXpress, I would like to spend some time on individual items on the medical history part of the application. We often get calls about just what needs to be reported or not.

Special issuance authorization update

Article | Aug 31, 2012

For pilots who have a special issuance authorization, if you missed the announcement this summer, you are no longer required to carry your authorization letter with you when you fly.

Flow control and gate holds: Managing kidney stones

Article | Aug 27, 2012

One of the consequences of inadequate regular hydration is an increased risk of forming kidney stones, and although there are many reasons why "renal calculi" form, one contributing factor is a lack of water in the body to dilute the mineral compounds that are by-products of the manufacture of urine. Especially in the hot, muggy summer months when we lose so much fluid content when we sweat, failure to maintain an adequate "inflow" of H2O further depletes our water reserves and, over time, a tiny grain of mineral gets a foothold and begins to form in the kidney.

The FAA wants to talk to me . . . now what?

Article | Aug 17, 2012

What should a pilot do when the FAA "wants to talk?" The request for dialogue might come in a letter or a telephone call from an FAA inspector. It could be a controller's question to you over the radio or a request that you telephone the tower after landing. Whenever the FAA wants to initiate a conversation to explain some incident involving your flying activities, you need to be careful as there can be a lot at risk.

ARROW: Checking your registration more important than ever

Article | Aug 13, 2012

Is your registration certificate still valid? Checking an aircraft registration certificate is not as simple as it used to be.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft Purchasing - there's help for you here

Article | Aug 01, 2012

This time of year there's a lot of talk about buying and selling aircraft. For some members, it's a first-time purchase. Others are selling what they own to buy something bigger and faster. And some don't want to go fast anymore and are downsizing from a family-sized flying machine to a two-seater, kicking back to fly low and enjoy the scenery. Whatever your dreams are concerning aircraft ownership, AOPA has the resources to help you - both with your initial purchase as well as with your ongoing experience as an aircraft owner.