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Flow control and gate holds: Managing kidney stones

Article | Aug 27, 2012

One of the consequences of inadequate regular hydration is an increased risk of forming kidney stones, and although there are many reasons why "renal calculi" form, one contributing factor is a lack of water in the body to dilute the mineral compounds that are by-products of the manufacture of urine. Especially in the hot, muggy summer months when we lose so much fluid content when we sweat, failure to maintain an adequate "inflow" of H2O further depletes our water reserves and, over time, a tiny grain of mineral gets a foothold and begins to form in the kidney.

Tragedy in Mexico

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Humanitarian group suffers fatal accident

Australia offers new medical option for private flying

Advocacy | Jun 27, 2012

Pilots flying many aircraft privately can obtain their medical certificate from any general practitioner under a new system announced in Australia.

Should you refuse to take a breathalyzer?

Article | May 30, 2012

Don't believe the rumors: Pilots should not refuse a breathalyzer test if they are suspected of an alcohol- or drug-related offense while operating a motor vehicle.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

A recent decision of the National Transportation Safety Board came across my desk that assessed a $5,000 fine against a pilot for failing to surrender his medical certificate to the FAA. The case illustrates one of the few circumstances in which the FAA can make such a demand without affording the pilot all of the legal protections I have written about in this column over the years.

Flying, and buying

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2012

Larry Stencel would love celebrate his 40-plus years as a pilot by buying himself a brand new general aviation airplane - but he won't do it on the two-year plan.

Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

We watch David Letterman's Late Show and laugh at his top-10 list. Consider "stupid things pilots do to sabotage their medical." So, like Letterman, let's count backwards from the number 10.

Cleared for takeoff after joint replacement surgery

Article | Feb 07, 2012

Joint replacement surgery is commonplace now, with total knee and hip replacements being among the most frequently performed procedures. Actually, there isn’t a lot required by the FAA when you report the surgery on your next medical application.