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New bill would expand driver’s license medical

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2013

The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.

AMEs object to sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Dec 10, 2013

The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.

Collateral damage, part 2

Members only | Dec 09, 2013

FAA personnel reallocations, terminated government contracts in an effort to save costs, glitches with progress on the Digital Imaging Workflow System, and the government shutdown have compounded to produce a larger-than-usual backlog of special issuance medicals for tens of thousands of pilots.

Answers for Pilots - Arthritis

Article | Dec 02, 2013

There is good news regarding airman medical certification for those who have been diagnosed with arthritis.

Answers for Pilots: Charitable flying

Article | Dec 02, 2013

Thought about participating in a charitable flying event? Many nonprofit groups host a day at the airport in which volunteer pilots can give flights to eager fledglings. Check with your local airport about what may be scheduled for 2014.

Sleep apnea scrutiny falls on pilots

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Pilots impacted by the FAA’s proposed new obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) policy can expect to pay some $2,000 to more than $5,000 for testing and, if needed, equipment for treatment, according to an AOPA investigation.

Hawaii hangar tenants cited

Advocacy | Nov 21, 2013

Rob Moore was looking at a criminal charge for keeping a golf cart in his rented hangar at Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport, a golf cart he had received permission to use for moving his aircraft.

AOPA to ask FAA to suspend implementation of new sleep apnea policy

Article | Nov 18, 2013

AOPA is asking the FAA to suspend a new policy requiring certain pilots to be screened and treated for sleep apnea before receiving a medical certificate.

Too sweet to fly

Members only | Nov 11, 2013

Diabetes mellitus that is diet and exercise controlled does not require a special issuance, so your AME may issue a medical certificate without approval from the FAA. However, you will need some documentation for your AME at the time of your next FAA physical examination.

FAA's shutdown recovery will take time

Article | Oct 17, 2013

The reopening of the government on Oct. 17 was welcomed by an aviation industry eager to get back to normal business.

Baker, a self-proclaimed 'airport kid,' sets tone for AOPA

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Like many of the hundreds of pilots packed in the ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas Oct. 10, AOPA President Mark Baker was an “airport kid.”

The value of experience

Members only | Oct 07, 2013

AOPA is the only general aviation organization with a full-time staff of medical certification specialists whose primary role is to assist members with medical certification challenges.

Do-over medical reporting

Members only | Sep 30, 2013

The FAA medical application can be confusing, but there is a distinction between making an honest mistake and making a fraudulent or intentionally false statement.

Some FAA online applications unavailable during weekend

Article | Sep 13, 2013

The FAA is making upgrades and enhancements that will affect the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) and MedXpress from 6 p.m. Central time Sept. 13 through 15.

Airportfest hosts Teddy Bear Drive

Article | Sep 12, 2013

Airportfest attendees at AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, are asked to donate a teddy bear to the Cook Children's Medical Center.

PPS: A timely value

Members only | Sep 09, 2013

Director of AOPA Medical Certification Services Gary Crump discusses the value of AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services in the context of the real world of airman medical certification.

A questionable rationale

Article | Sep 04, 2013

Federal border protection agents are using ramp checks as a pretext for stopping and sometimes searching domestic GA flights, and AOPA demands the practice cease.

The R in AROW

Article | Aug 26, 2013

Because aircraft registration certificates now expire three years after issuance, pilots' pre-flight inspection procedures should change to ensure compliance with the law on each and every flight.