September 11, 2013
By Jonathan Sackier
As you might imagine, Dr. Silberman and I receive lots of emails and letters with questions related to articles, talks and general health news as it relates to aviators. Here is a smattering of some topics with brief responses to give you a sense of the scope of subjects your fellow pilots want to know about. Please feel free to write to us and we shall do our best to answer in future editions of the Pilot Protection Services Medical Mailbag.
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The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
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.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.