Aviation Medical Examiner

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Answers for Pilots

Article | Mar 01, 1999

Passing the color vision test A pilot attempting to land in Florida had a rude awakening as he approached touchdown — the "runway" that he was heading for turned out to be a canal. How could that happen? The pilot had color-deficient vision; he could not differentiate between blues and browns.

AOPA Access

Article | Jun 01, 1998

Many aviation issues are time sensitive: an emergency airworthiness directive here, an airspace conflict there, or that upcoming annual inspection. One constant that comes around at least every three years for those of us flying powered aircraft is the medical certificate renewal.

Waypoints

Article | May 01, 1998

On this late March Monday morning, the sun shines brightly through a widely scattered layer of stratocumulus clouds. Mother Nature has finally checked the calendar and realized that it's spring — temperatures are warming up after a couple of weeks of unseasonably cool weather here on the East Coast.

AOPA Access

Article | Jul 01, 1997

One of AOPA's premier member benefits is the team of dedicated pilots and instructors who interact one-on-one with members. Together, they own 11 aircraft and have more than 53,000 hours accumulated over 321 years in aviation.

Sweet Victory

Article | Jan 01, 1997

Flying meant everything to Arnold Greenwell, a research biologist living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, when he received his private pilot certificate in December 1982. It still does.

Pilot Counsel

Article | Jan 01, 1996

The aviation world was elated when the FAA gave back to Bob Hoover his medical certificate (See "Pilot Briefing," November Pilot). He had been denied his FAA medical certificate for almost 2 1/2 years, and — sadly, as it turns out — there was no good reason why he should have been grounded.