July 31, 2008
AOPA Communications staff
The AOPA medical certification staff stayed busy all day Thursday, assisting members with their pressing questions.
“I’ve had open heart surgery, can I ever get my medical back?” “What is the average turnaround time once the FAA receives my paperwork?”
One member, who received his FAA authorization letter and medical certificate the day he left for AirVenture, stopped by the AOPA tent to thank medical certification staff in person. “I couldn’t have done it without AOPA,” he said.
AOPA members were happy that they were able to converse one-on-one with medical certification staff and seek assistance with their individual issues.
Typical questions focused on lasik surgery, diabetes, and sleep apnea treatment.
The AOPA medical certification staff will be on for the duration of AirVenture. Also, be sure to visit the FAA staff from the Aerospace Medical Certification Division at AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif., which runs from Nov. 6 through 8; they will be issuing medical authorizations to members.
For more information, call the Pilot Information Center at 800/872-2672.
Pilot Health and Medical,
AOPA VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION REQUIRING FAA TO REVISE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
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 fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg has challenged AOPA President Mark Baker to a dogfight. The battle? To see who can bring in the most "Hat in the Ring Society" donors to support aviation safety, promote airports, and improve the image of general aviation before the end of the year.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.