Aeromedical Factors

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IFR Fix: A threshold question

IFR Fix | Sep 01, 2015

When an accident claims an experienced pilot flying a familiar mission, other pilots ponder whether they would have been vulnerable to a similar outcome.

Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2015

Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.

IFR Fix: The quick pick

IFR Fix | Jun 29, 2015

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

NTSB's Hart expresses support for pilot medical education

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

The head of the NTSB told AOPA President Mark Baker that he supports AOPA’s development of a new course to educate pilots on medical factors.

License to Learn: High anxiety

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

These were mistakes stemming from the natural decline in skill that results from a pilot’s failure to train regularly.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

Wade very far into the regulations and equipment for providing supplemental and emergency oxygen and you’ll find yourself “in the weeds.”

Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Aviation gives us a magic carpet to ride, but comprehending how your body is affected by flight is as important as understanding how carb icing occurs.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Six general aviation pilots who live near sea level had strikingly different reactions to hypoxia when exposed to the rarefied air at the AirDocs high-altitude training chamber at Western Michigan University.

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.

Aircraft Maintenance: Warm panel, cool wallet

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 24, 2015

Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

High flight

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Accidents involving pressurized aircraft and total pilot incapacitation are rare.

A look back at the top stories of 2014

Article | Dec 30, 2014

A tall (but true) tale of a rare aircraft find in Texas, progress on third class medical reform, amazing aviation videos, pilot saves, new aircraft from Mooney, and one pilot’s surprise of a lifetime topped the most-read stories of 2014.

Hypoxia: Insidious emergency

Article | Oct 15, 2014

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.

Safety: Do you know the symptoms of hypoxia?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

TBM Ownersand Pilots Association Chairman Larry Glazer and his wife Jane died in a crash off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot became unresponsive.

10-step program

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Regular piston engine oil changes are a waste of money—why not just top it off occasionally? And adding all the way to the fill line is crazy, right?


Article | Sep 12, 2014

Two tragic accidents that occurred within a week of each other, involved pilot incapacitation at high altitudes.

NTSB releases study on medication, drug use

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2014

A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Sept. 9 is incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution, AOPA said.

TBM owner’s group chair crashes after becoming unresponsive

Article | Sep 05, 2014

TBM Owners and Pilots Association chairman Larry Glazer and his wife Jane were on board an airplane that crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot became unresponsive Sept. 5, the couple’s family confirmed to NBC News. The two are presumed dead.

'The human must be the boss'

Article | Jun 24, 2014

Approaching San Francisco International on a VFR day in a Boeing 777, the crew was "astonished" when automated systems did not respond as expected.