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Fly Well: Avgas or Jet A?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Sane pilots ensure the Cessna 172 they are about to fly has been fueled with 100LL. Why don't we treat what we eat with equal attention?

Pilot Counsel: VFR weather minimums: Part I

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Federal Aviation Regulations 91.155 and 91.157 tell us the minimum weather conditions required for a flight under visual flight rules (VFR). These rules are fundamental to the primary way pilots avoid collisions--the see-and-avoid concept--using that indispensable piece of equipment, the eyeball.

Conditions AMEs can issue: Detailed requirements

Article | May 31, 2013

Your aviation medical examiner can issue a medical certificate in the office if you have certain conditions.

The ‘list that doesn’t exist’: FAA-allowed medications

Article | May 17, 2013

The FAA does not publish an official list of medications that are considered appropriate for aviation activities. But AOPA has one.

FAA’s take on sleep medications

Article | May 13, 2013

Need a good night's sleep? Before taking medication to help you fall asleep, consider the type of medication, potential aeromedically adverse side effects, and any underlying medical condition.

Medical application: Medical disability benefits?

Article | May 07, 2013

Question 18.y. in the FAA medical application form asks if the applicant has ever had medical disability benefits. How does the FAA want you to respond to this question and what does it want your AME to do if you had a positive response?

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Guam to JAX—nonstop World distance record for aircraft in its weight category By Dave Hirschman When Bill Harrelson wanted to prove the long-range performance of his kitbuilt Lancair IV, he flew it from Indiana to Hawaii—a warm-up for a much longer flight. On March 1, Harrelson landed his Lancair in Jacksonville, Florida, after a 38.5-hour nonstop flight from Guam.

Pilot Counsel: No defects?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

A pilot, while taxiing a Cessna 210D on an established taxiway at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Florida, struck a parked Cessna 560 XL jet that had its tail cone approximately four feet into the taxiway. The pilot inspected the damage to the 210 and said that he found only a paint scratch on its wing-tip fuel tank.

Fly Well: A clear picture

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Imagine a thunderous waterfall blocking a cave entrance—clear water turned white by circumstance. This is appropriate imagery for cataract (Latin cataracta, “to dash down”).

The shifting sands of medical certification policy

Article | Apr 30, 2013

The FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine recently announced changes to several policies regarding certification of certain cardiac conditions.