June 6, 2012
By Gary Crump
My Medical team and I are thrilled to be a part of the new Pilot Protection Services Program. This new, unique program provides an abundance of expert advice about proactive ways to take control of your health and protect your medical certificate.
I especially want to highlight our new affiliation with Dr. Warren Silberman who served as the manager of the FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City, Okla., for 15 years. I met Warren very soon after he joined the FAA, and our teams have worked closely together to get and keep pilots with medical certification challenges flying.
As one of the most visible “go to” experts in the specialty of aerospace medicine and civil aviation regulatory medicine, Warren brings a treasure trove of knowledge and experience that will benefit our members as AOPA expands the Pilot Protection Services program. You can look forward to seeing Warren’s unique personality and communication style online at AOPA Live, at in person at EAA AirVenture this summer, and at AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., in October.
Warren and Jonathan Sackier--our AOPA wellness consultant who brings his own unique brand of wit to health and wellness—will be among the prominent “faces” of PPS. If you haven’t seen and heard them together, you are in for a treat! Not only will you be better informed about health and wellness issues that can impact your flying future, you’ll also be highly entertained at the same time. We look forward to bringing you great content, and look forward to hearing from you about how we can make the program even better.
To learn more about the program or to enroll, visit www.aopa.org/pps.
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AOPA Products and Services,
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.
The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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