September 17, 2007
Life-changing medical conditions are often beyond our control. As a pilot, the reality of being denied a medical and being grounded indefinitely is inconceivable. There is hope for pilots who may be or have been diagnosed with serious medical conditions including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and many types of cancer.
The FAA will reexamine many medical conditions, including organ transplants, that were once considered too high a risk for medical certification but now can be evaluated under the FAA special issuance authorization. On a case-by-case basis, the FAA will consider special issuance medical applications from pilots with successful cancer treatments and neurological and neuromuscular conditions if symptoms are well controlled with medications allowed for flight.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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