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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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