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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.
Special Issuance Medical,
Pilot Health and Medical
For pilots, the 60,000-plus-member Civil Air Patrol readily comes to mind when an aerial role in a rescue is launched.
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 basics haven’t changed—flying clubs are still a cost-effective way to fly and enjoy the company of your fellow aviators.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.