August 6, 2013
By Warren Silberman
Well, fellow aviators, now that I no longer work for the FAA I can write about some things that may not have been very "appropriate" when I did. Not all aviation medical examiners are created equaI, and some do not act in the best interests of their pilots. When the AME doesn’t follow correct procedures in handling your application, the incorrect actions or inactions will usually result in your receiving a request from the FAA for more explanation and medical records, and your AME will receive an "error check" in his or her FAA file. This will result in aggravation for you and possible trouble for your AME. Here is a short list of the top five dumb things I have seen our AMEs do:
Pilot Health and Medical,
Pilot Protection Services,
AOPA Products and Services,
Aviation Medical Examiner,
Special Issuance Medical
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.
AOPA has crafted a new insurance policy that takes the risk of losing your medical certificate out of a flying career.
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