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 movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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