January 16, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
With 34 covered conditions and more than 26,000 participants—a new record—it’s easier than ever to get your special issuance medical renewed, often right in your aviation medical examiner’s (AME’s) office.
More than a decade ago, AOPA asked the FAA to allow AMEs to renew previously approved special issuance medicals for “low risk” medical conditions. The FAA agreed. Since the program, called the AME Assisted Special Issuance program or AASI, began in 2003 it has expanded to allow AMEs to renew medicals for 34 conditions, including Type II diabetes, asthma, and almost all cardiac conditions for third class medicals.
More than 26,000 pilots now hold AASI medicals, and the program has significantly reduced the time needed to review, process, and issue special issuance medicals.
For more about AASI medicals, including qualifying conditions and circumstances, see AOPA Online. You can also learn more about how to get initial medical certification after a cardiac event with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s SafetyCast seminar, sponsored through a grant from United Technologies.
January 16, 2008
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With FAA type inspection authorization and certified engines, the HondaJet seems on a fast track toward final FAA certification.
Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton contacted AOPA Dec. 19 to announce that the FAA will not move ahead with implementing its new sleep apnea policy in January. Instead, in the new year, the agency will open discussions with aviation industry stakeholders to find a way to balance pilots’ and the FAA’s concerns.
The FAA has certified the airworthiness of the HF120 turbofan engine that will power the Hondajet, setting the stage for the engine’s production.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.