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FAA drafts new sleep apnea guidelines

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

The FAA has drafted new guidelines for dealing with sleep apnea after AOPA and others objected to a sudden policy change announced last year.

Aviation associations ask Senate to pass sleep apnea bill

Advocacy | Mar 05, 2014

Nine aviation organizations have asked senators to support legislation compelling the FAA to go through the rulemaking process for new policies on sleep disorders.

Bill to stop new sleep apnea policy set for vote in House

Advocacy | Feb 07, 2014

A bill that would force the FAA to go through rulemaking before imposing any sleep disorder policies is scheduled for a vote in the House.

Fly Well: Drug wars

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Shooting approaches at Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) in San Diego, California, just north of the Mexican border, might include interesting liaisons...

IFR Fix: The vertigo vaccine

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2013

Are you vaccinated against vertigo? That would be useful, but don't look for the cure within the health care system. Start in your logbook.

Fly Well: Playing the numbers

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Eight: Hours, bottle to throttle. Eighteen: Army recruitment age; constitutional amendment initiating prohibition. Twenty-one: Legal drinking age; constitutional amendment overturning prohibition. Summer is here, and barbecues and beer beckon, so let’s consider a substance capable of causing headaches—alcohol.

Letter to pilots urges caution, education on OTC med use

Article | Jul 16, 2013

A letter to pilots urges that they learn and think more carefully about exposure to the potential impairment of certain medications.

Cirrus launches 'top priority' outreach program

Article | May 29, 2013

Cirrus Aircraft, touting 2012 as one of its safest years, announced a new pilot training initiative and an effort to enhance the quality of Cirrus-specific flight instruction and standardization.

FAA’s take on sleep medications

Article | May 13, 2013

Need a good night's sleep? Before taking medication to help you fall asleep, consider the type of medication, potential aeromedically adverse side effects, and any underlying medical condition.

IFR Fix: ‘Tasks and iterations’

Article | May 13, 2013

An instrument-rated pilot who mostly flies VFR completes an instrument proficiency check on May 2. Almost six months later, the pilot tracks courses, flies three or four instrument approaches, holds, and performs other required IFR "tasks and iterations" to prepare for a flight six days later. Is IFR currency an issue?

IFR Fix: Surprised, even unnerved

IFR Fix | May 03, 2013

ATC has your initial vector for the approach. The controller evenly mentions that previous traffic has diverted to the alternate, where the reported ceiling is a lofty 1,500 broken. The unspoken question hangs in the air. It's tempting, really tempting, to press onward.

Flight training to the extreme

Article | Apr 25, 2013

A training and research center just outside of Philadelphia specializes in pushing pilots to the limits of human physiology, and offers to civilians a range of experiences that are otherwise reserved for military aviators.

FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions

Article | Mar 18, 2013

Warren Silberman Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine Pilot since 1986 PPS participants-only:Article archives >> FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions EDITOR'S NOTE: We were just notified 3/20/13 that the FAA is still working through the final cardiac policy changes. When the formal policy is announced we will notify our members at that time and highlight any changes to this article.

NTSB, ‘frustrated’ and ‘disheartened,’ tries a new tactic

Article | Mar 13, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board hopes a new set of safety alerts and videos will leverage limited resources to stem the persistent toll of common mistakes that lead to general aviation accidents.

FAA updating air carrier drug, alcohol testing regulations

Advocacy | Aug 30, 2012

AOPA filed comments supporting a proposed change that would combine drug and alcohol regulations applied to air carrier and charter operations with the regulations applied to Part 91 air tour operations conducted by the same entities.

IFR Fix: Dangerous game

IFR Fix | Aug 03, 2012

With heartbreaking regularity, VFR pilots, often flying high-performance aircraft, continue to tangle with instrument weather despite odds that never improve for that dangerous game. Whether the result is a graveyard spiral from spatial disorientation, or colliding with terrain in a bid to escape weather, pilots keep trying, often with passengers.

Minnesota Supreme Court sides with Cirrus in fatal crash

Article | Jul 20, 2012

The estate of a pilot killed with a passenger in a 2003 crash near Hill City, Minn., will not collect damages from Cirrus Aircraft, following a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court July 18 that upheld an appellate ruling in favor of the aircraft maker. The crash resulted from spatial disorientation on a night VFR flight into IMC, according to the NTSB, and the pilot's family blamed Cirrus for failing to provide a lesson on the topic.

Fly like a Fighter: Cross-controlled in tight formation

Fly like a fighter | Mar 26, 2012

An Air Force student was doing a magnificent job of flying close formation, at night and in the weather, while cross-controlling a T-38 in a slip. When the instructor instructed him to get his right foot off the rudder, there was no response.

Never Again Online: That queasy feeling

Article | Nov 01, 2005

She was a beautiful little 1963 Piper Cherokee 180. I watched her being meticulously rebuilt by our FBO.

Never Again Online: Pilot in command

Article | Jan 01, 2004

It was early spring and I needed a 250-nm straight-line, nonstop solo flight as well as a minimum of two hours of night flight to satisfy the cross-country requirements for my commercial rating. This flight was a beautiful and uneventful 3.2-hour night flight from Van Nuys, California, to Mesquite, Nevada.