November 17, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
You’ve already heard about changes to the way the FAA asks aviation medical applicants about their driving records, but new medical application forms arriving at your AME’s office also feature new questions and terms.
A new question, 18y, asks pilots if they receive medical disability benefits—a change that arose out of a congressional investigation into Social Security fraud. Answering “yes” doesn’t necessarily indicate a disqualifying medical condition, but the medical condition that results in disability payments should be reported on the application. That information can be shared with other federal agencies thanks to an accompanying change in the Privacy Act Statement for the medical application.
A new section in that statement specifies that information on the medical application can be disclosed to other federal agencies for verification of the accuracy or completeness of the information.
Other changes to the form have little real impact on pilots, but were made for clarification as part of the overhaul of the document. For example, the word “urinalysis” has been replaced with “urine test” to more accurately describe the type of tests performed by medical examiners.
AOPA’s interactive medical application planning tool, TurboMedical®, has been updated to reflect the changes to the medical application form. To learn more about the changes to the medical application forms and how they may affect you, talk to the medical certification experts in AOPA’s Pilot Information Center at 800/ USA-AOPA.
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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