January 1, 2012
By Kathy Dondzila
About 8 percent of men and one-half percent of women in the United States have problems with color perception. Whether caused by genetics, injury, or disease, color blindness is challenging to live with and presents special hurdles for pilots. The medical standards in FAR Part 67 specify that applicants for all classes of medical certification must have “the ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties.” Every visit to an AME for renewal of an airman medical certificate involves taking a color vision test. Technically known as a pseudoisochromatic color plate test, it’s the one with the pages of different-colored dots.
What happens if an airman fails the test? What limitations are placed on the airman’s certificate? Are there alternate tests an airman can take and what are they? Read the answers to these questions, and find out more about flying with a color vision deficiency, in this month’s Answers for Pilots. Call AOPA with any questions Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, at 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
As the new year begins, it’s the perfect time to review your insurance policies. A lot can happen in a year and your coverage needs may have changed. You may even find that it’s time to shop around for better rates. If so, as a pilot, AOPA should be the natural first stop for you. AOPA offers great rates on everything from term life insurance to accidental death and dismemberment coverage, aircraft insurance, auto insurance, and more. And since these offerings are AOPA Certified, you won’t have to pay higher rates just for being a pilot. Make sure when you take your first flight of 2012 that you can relax and enjoy the flight knowing that you’re covered by AOPA Insurance Services.
Increase your chances of winning AOPA’s 2012 Sweepstakes Tougher Than a Tornado Husky!
Taking an Air Safety Institute online safety course rewards you in a multitude of ways, from helping you become a safer, more informed pilot to getting FAA Wings credit and even an insurance discount with the AOPA Accident Forgiveness program.
Now, ASI is pleased to add another reward to that list—an additional entry into AOPA’s 2012 Tougher than a Tornado Husky sweepstakes. Each time you complete an online safety course you will receive an automatic entry into the sweepstakes to win a 2011 Aviat Husky.
Courses are available on a wide array of topics, so whether you have just started flight training or are a seasoned pilot, you’re sure to find courses relevant to your level of flying. Visit the ASI website to explore course topics and start reaping your rewards today.The Air Safety Institute is a division of the AOPA Foundation.
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Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Air Safety Institute,
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A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
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