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Fly Well: Clip well, clean well

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Stick and rudder, fingers and toes

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Sarah Brown told the story of glider pilot Robin Fleming, who was wrongly arrested for an overflight, and our readers were not pleased. I just received the February edition of AOPA Pilot magazine, and read the article about Robin Fleming (“Breach of Peace”).

New Swamp Creek Flying Club builds own aircraft

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The new Swamp Creek Flyers flying club is forming from the ground up—including building its own aircraft. Seven employees of Arlington, Wash.-based Dynon Avionics recently bought a Glasair Sportsman kit aircraft, with plans for club members and employees to build it under the manufacturer’s Two Weeks to Taxi program.

Troubling aircraft title issues

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Ron Golden Attorney, Counsel to AOPA More than 30 years of aviation legal experience Serves on the Board of Directors, Seaplane Pilots Association Pilot since 1975, owns a Cessna Cardinal RG PPS participants-only:Article archives >> Troubling aircraft title issues Buying or selling an aircraft? Be careful. Over the years, we become complacent.

FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions

Article | Mar 18, 2013

Warren Silberman Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine Pilot since 1986 PPS participants-only:Article archives >> FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions EDITOR'S NOTE: We were just notified 3/20/13 that the FAA is still working through the final cardiac policy changes. When the formal policy is announced we will notify our members at that time and highlight any changes to this article.

Logging time: What do I have to record?

Article | Mar 11, 2013

The most important part of the logbook is the inside, and your ability to log the information required by the regulations and capture any original signatures that may be necessary.

MedXPress questions: How do I report multiple doctor visits?

Article | Feb 25, 2013

MedXPress has space for 20 visits, so for many pilots that should provide plenty of real estate. Gary Crump, AOPA's director of medical certification, provides tips on what to do if you need to list more than 20 visits.

MedXPress question: What if I share an email address?

Article | Feb 18, 2013

If your spouse or family member is a pilot and shares an email address with you, can both of you use it to register for MedXPress? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

What the heck is an exculpatory clause?

Article | Feb 11, 2013

In the past, when it came to signing agreement releases, the advice was to "sign it and don’t worry about it because it will never hold up in court." The law is changing, and more than ever these releases are being enforced.

A common diagnosis: Atrial fibrillation

Article | Feb 01, 2013

One of the more commonly seen irregular heart rhythms at the FAA is atrial fibrillation, or A-fib. Your normal electrical heart beat originates in the upper chamber in the heart known as the atrium.

Fly Well: Avoid crud

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Tires, grist, and exhaust pipes

The FAA sent a letter about my medical. Now what?

Article | Jan 28, 2013

Occasionally, a pilot who walked out of the aviation medical examiner's (AME's) office with a medical in hand will receive a letter from the FAA months later questioning the pilot's eligibility to hold a medical certificate.

Surviving a ramp check

Article | Jan 22, 2013

FAA "ramp checks" are a bit of a mystery. Kathy Yodice, an attorney for AOPA's Pilot Protection Services, explains what to expect from the inspector and how to respond.

Prepare a winning case

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Get insider tips from Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, on preparing your medical packet for the FAA’s review so that you can get your case approved and medical certificate in hand, sooner with less hassle.

Secret 'no-fly zone'?

Article | Jan 10, 2013

Robin Fleming was arrested for breach of peace after flying his sailplane over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl—by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant’s dome. Why?

Can I fly after a stroke?

Article | Jan 03, 2013

The three terms one hears when dealing with a “stroke” are cerebrovascular accident, stroke, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). In a TIA, a person has neurological symptoms lasting for several minutes up to several hours.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

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.

The ABCs of EKGs

Article | Dec 28, 2012

If you require an electrocardiogram for your aviation medical certificate, it is the AME’s responsibility to interpret the EKG and if it is abnormal to have you undergo certain testing and evaluations. Find out how to ensure the doctor does the job properly.

New Year's 'fly well' resolutions

Article | Dec 17, 2012

Most resolutions fade by Jan. 2, but getting healthy keeps you flying longer, so give it a shot. Dr. Jonathan M. Sackier looks at a few corollaries to benefit your health, inside and outside the cockpit.