August 19, 2013
By Warren Silberman
If you develop a medical problem during the time period that your current FAA medical certificate is in effect, you need to go to AOPA's Medical Certification section and see if the condition will require a special issuance waiver. You also can check the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners on the FAA's website. Now that it is online and is regularly updated, this is a great resource in addition to the AOPA website.
Pilot Health and Medical,
Pilot Protection Services,
AOPA Products and Services,
Special Issuance Medical,
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
A survey of flying doctors found that 80 percent favor third class medical reform.
Two tragic accidents that occurred within a week of each other, involved pilot incapacitation at high altitudes.
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