August 6, 2009
By AOPA ePublishing staff
If two is better than one, then having two aviation groups working to help you get your medical certificate is a good thing. That was the intent behind a meeting between AOPA’s Board of Aviation Medical Advisors, EAA’s Aeromedical Advisory Council, and each association’s medical staff last week during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
The meeting, a first in many years, came shortly after the two general aviation organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on advocacy issues for their members. Aviation medical examiners and the association’s dedicated medical teams discussed a broad range of medical certification topics that affect pilots, including the success of the FAA’s AME-Assisted Special Issuance (AASI) program. The program allows AMEs to reissue medical certificates to pilots who require special-issuance medicals and has reduced the number of cases that require review by the FAA’s Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City, Okla. This frees up the FAA’s medical staff to focus on more complex medical appeals cases.
“The FAA’s aeromedical certification process works most efficiently when pilots and their AMEs have a thorough knowledge of what medical records the agency needs in order to make a timely certification decision,” said Gary Crump, AOPA director of medical certification, who attended the meeting. “Because of that, we agreed to work together to better reach out to pilots with information about the medical certification process.”
Both organizations have medical certification specialists who work with members experiencing medical certificate challenges.
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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