June 17, 2013
By Warren Silberman
In this piece I thought I would bring you all up on the FAA's policy guidelines on the use of antidepressants and medical certification. As you may recall, on April 4, 2010, the federal air surgeon announced the new policy guidelines for the use of a class of medications known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). The medical certification doctors had been observing these medications and their side-effect profiles for several years. After many discussions, literature searches, and panels at major aerospace medicine meetings, they established a policy for the use of these medications. The requirements are quite involved. The FAA’s website explains the policy guidelines in detail.
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Pilot responsibilities include requesting clarification or amendment whenever the pilot does not fully understand a clearance or considers it unacceptable from a safety standpoint.
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.
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