November 13, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Dr. Warren Silberman of the FAA's medical staff (left) with Sandy Skolnick and his wife, Sharon
If you were at AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif., last week, you probably noticed a lot of FAA types on the scene. In fact, numerous FAA employees, many of them 30-year veterans of the agency, took part in Expo to educate and assist AOPA members.
From the FAA’s medical staff, Dr. Warren Silberman, manager of the aerospace medical certification division in Oklahoma City, Okla., was on hand to review special issuance medical applications and, in some cases, grant them on the spot.
Members of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate also were on site to meet with AOPA staff about key issues, including airworthiness directives, the future of light sport aircraft, alternatives for leaded avgas, and future updates to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s “ Aging Aircraft” online course ( http://flash.aopa.org/asf/agingaircraft/swf/flash.cfm? ). FAA staffers also presented an educational course on aging aircraft to AOPA members at Expo.
Staff from the FAA’s airspace division presented a seminar, discussing the FAA’s role in temporary flight restrictions, the integration of unmanned aircraft into the airspace system, and ways that pilots can get involved in airspace redesign in their area.
“The FAA professionals who attend Expo have tremendous experience and really understand general aviation,” said Randy Kenagy, AOPA government affairs chief of staff. “It’s a great opportunity for them to share their expertise with our members and to hear directly from pilots about what’s important to them.”
For your chance to talk to the FAA’s experts, be sure to join us for AOPA Expo 2009 in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 5 through 7.
Special Issuance Medical,
Pilot Health and Medical,
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.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
FAA personnel reallocations, terminated government contracts in an effort to save costs, glitches with progress on the Digital Imaging Workflow System, and the government shutdown have compounded to produce a larger-than-usual backlog of special issuance medicals for tens of thousands of pilots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.