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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.
Pilot Protection Services,
AOPA Products and Services,
Pilot Health and Medical,
Special Issuance Medical,
FAA personnel reallocations, terminated government contracts in an effort to save costs, glitches with progress on the Digital Imaging Workflow System, and the government shutdown have compounded to produce a larger-than-usual backlog of special issuance medicals for tens of thousands of pilots.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a voluntary safety reporting program that allows airmen to make anonymous reports to the government about issues encountered in aviation, with anonymity allowing the airman to be candid–even when their actions may have been a violation of the regulations.
The difference between a private pilot flight operation and a commercial pilot flight operation depends on whether there has been any compensation exchanged for the flight. If money passes from the passengers or the person responsible for the cargo on board, that would be considered compensation. But, could compensation mean more than money? You bet.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.