September 20, 2013
By Warren Silberman
The FAA grants special issuance authorizations to airmen who have had certain organ transplants. They require a six-month "period of observation" after the transplantation surgery takes place. The most common organ transplant seen at the FAA is kidney. At the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, which is the last time organ transplant data was collated, out of approximately 600,000 airmen with medical certficates, there were 35 first-, 28 second-, and 71 third-class airmen flying with kidney transplant special issuance authorizations.
Tickets are available online for the Dec. 12 Wright Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C., as the National Aeronautic Association honors R.A. "Bob" Hoover.
Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.
An Arizona airport ramp usually packed with business aircraft was transformed to a venue for fun and joy for 135 special-needs children and family members.
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