January 14, 2013
By Warren Silberman
This has always been a timely topic to discuss. I am going to take you step by step in preparing a case for presentation to the FAA's Aerospace Medical Certification Division.
First and foremost, when you develop a medical condition, take care of yourself and do what your physicians recommend is best for your particular medical situation. When you have time, start learning all you can about what I call the “aeromedical” aspects of your condition. You need to visit the AOPA medical certification Web page and see if your condition is listed there. You also should visit the FAA website to see what else you can learn. The Guide to Aviation Medical Examiners that the FAA issues to all AMEs is available for you and your treating physician to review.
Pilot Health and Medical,
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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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