March 31, 2014
Question: When did the U.S. government first get involved in the medical certification of pilots?
Answer: The Air Commerce Act of 1926 paved the way for licensing and medical certification of pilots. The first group of aviation medical examiners was announced on Feb. 28, 1927. Source: FAA.
Pilot Health and Medical
Many in-flight emergencies arrive with fanfare: annunciator lights, engine sputtering, smoke. Hypoxia may insinuate itself into the cockpit quietly, without the pilot even knowing. In its subtlety lies danger.
The beautiful Georgia coast promises to be a big draw for AOPA's final fly-in of 2014, taking place Nov. 8 on St. Simons Island.
The FAA hopes to have its proposal for medical certification reform out for public comment by the end of the year, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told AOPA President Mark Baker at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.
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