October 10, 2012
By Warren Silberman
The Big C we all know refers to cancer, and it is bad enough having to deal with that “C.” The last thing one needs after a cancer diagnosis is having to deal with another “C”—medical certification. This is an area where having AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services watching your back is hugely helpful.
First, take note that your aviation medical examiner cannot grant you a special issuance (equivalent to a “waiver”). You must obtain the proper medical records, evaluations, and tests and bring those to your AME. The doctor must obtain verbal or written permission from the FAA’s Aerospace Medical Certification department to grant the special issuance.
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The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
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.
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