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Committee passes Manchin amendment to Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has brought third class medical reform one step closer to reality.

Medical reform legislation set for markup

Advocacy | Nov 11, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has set Nov. 18 as the date to move the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2.

Support for medical reform continues to grow

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

Efforts to move medical reform legislation through Congress continue as support for the measure, known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, grows steadily.

AOPA says medical reform is closer than ever before

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2015

As support for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure.

Career Profile

Article | Sep 18, 2015

There are two things Greg Pinnell always knew — he liked airplanes and he wanted to be a doctor.

AME urges his senators to back medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

An aviation medical examiner and pilot who leads the Minnesota Pilots Association has called on his state's two U.S. senators to support third-class medical reform.

High Hopes program: ‘You can’

Article | Aug 12, 2015

Convincing teens and wounded veterans that they can—not only fly but achieve their dreams—is the central purpose behind the High Hopes for Colorado nonprofit at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

Answers for Pilots: Kidney Stones

Article | Jun 01, 2015

Read how a kidney stone can affect your airman medical certificate.

Minnesota pilots gather for second annual event

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2015

A large crowd of aviation enthusiasts turned out at Minnesota’s Anoka County-Blaine Airport for the second annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering.

Call me an optimist

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

It seems appropriate, this spring, to talk about just how optimistic I am about getting third class medical reform. And I do believe we can get this done.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2015

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

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.

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.

Answers for Pilots: Diabetes

Article | Dec 10, 2014

Diabetes treated with oral medications and under good control can still obtain a special issuance medical under the current guidelines.

Pilots: Gene Engledow, 101-year-old-pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Eugene Engledow parks his van in front of his hangar and hops out to show us his airplane.

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.

Medical advisory board supports third class reform

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

Senior AME speaks out in support of medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

As the push for third class medical reform continues on Capitol Hill and with the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue is expressing his support for the effort by reaching out to fellow AMEs with compelling reasons of why pilot safety won’t be affected by medical reform.

Legislators push for quick action on medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 20, 2014

Lawmakers are asking DOT and the administration to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third class medical reform.