January 7, 2005
Volume 5, Issue 1 • January 7, 2005
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THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING What could be a better Christmas present than receiving your medical/student pilot certificate just in time to solo before the holidays? That's why Nancy Williams contacted her husband's flight instructor and AOPA to help her get his medical certificate from the FAA for Christmas. Thanks to help from AOPA and the FAA Aeromedical Certification Division, Henry Williams, a student pilot, received his medical and soloed before Christmas. "He'd met all the qualifications and had been ready for some time," Gerald Phillips, Henry Williams' instructor, wrote to AOPA. "I soloed him... the day after he'd received the faxed medical. It was almost as great a present to me as it was to him." AOPA's medical certification staff works daily to help thousands of pilots a year get their medical certificates. If you need help with your medical, call 800/USA-AOPA; medical certification specialists are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. AOPA'S NEXT SWEEPSTAKES AIRPLANE IS... Can it really be time to start thinking about the 2005 AOPA Sweepstakes aircraft? Absolutely. Find out all about the Commander 112A being refurbished for the 2005 AOPA Commander Countdown Sweepstakes on AOPA Online. NEW ASF SAFETY BRIEF FOCUSES ON ICING ENCOUNTERS CFIs: Do you need a free training aid for the student who can't believe that a film of frost on the leading edges is a serious risk? Now that winter has settled in-and frost, snow, and ice are in the forecast in most parts of the country-pilots need to know how to handle these hazards. Download the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's newest Safety Brief, Cold Facts: Wing Contamination, for a quick lesson on the effects of wintry wing contaminants and what to do about them. HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR AOPA MEMBER PROFILE? To make the most of your membership and allow us to serve you better, please visit AOPA Online and update your personal member profile.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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