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January 20, 2006
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has selected Frederick E. Tilton, M.D., Master of Public Health, as the FAA's new federal air surgeon. Dr. Tilton had been the deputy federal air surgeon since January 2000 and was named acting federal air surgeon following the retirement of Jon L. Jordan in December 2005.
"Dr. Tilton is an active pilot, and his industry background prior to coming to the FAA, plus his experience while serving as the deputy federal air surgeon for more than five years, equips him for the position to oversee the FAA's medical programs," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "During his tenure as the deputy federal air surgeon, he actively participated in AOPA/FAA talks to improve the efficiency of medical certification processing." The AME-Assisted Special Issuance (AASI) program, an AOPA initiative that the FAA implemented in 2002, was in large part due to Dr. Tilton's support and assistance.
Dr. Tilton graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and entered the Air Force in 1962. He acquired flight time as a pilot and served 11 years in the medical corps, including commanding a clinic and serving as an F-15 physician/pilot technical consultant. He retired after 26 years with the rank of colonel.
From 1988 to 1991, he was the regional medical director at the Boeing Corporation's Wichita, Kansas, facility. In 1991, he was promoted to corporate medical director and moved to Seattle, Washington, where he directed Boeing's overall medical program until 1999.
January 20, 2006
Special Issuance Medical,
Pilot Health and Medical
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
FAA personnel reallocations, terminated government contracts in an effort to save costs, glitches with progress on the Digital Imaging Workflow System, and the government shutdown have compounded to produce a larger-than-usual backlog of special issuance medicals for tens of thousands of pilots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.