May 7, 2013
By Warren Silberman
Question 18.y. in the FAA medical application form asks if the applicant has ever had medical disability benefits. In an ultra-short summary, this question came out of a bunch of legal cases that originated in California when the U.S. attorneys came up with the idea to match the Social Security database with the FAA's Medical Certification electronic system, the Document, Imaging, and Workflow System (also known by the acronym DIWS). They discovered that some airmen had been receiving disability payments by the Social Security Administration but had not revealed this information on their FAA medical form. This led to a series of legal actions, which are still going on to this day.
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A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.
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