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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.

Dos and don'ts in preparing a special issuance (waiver) packet

Article | Aug 19, 2013

If you develop a medical problem during the time period that your current FAA medical certificate is in effect, you need to go to the medical certification section of AOPA's website and see if the condition will require a special issuance waiver.

Quiz Me: August 9, 2013

Article | Aug 09, 2013

After cutting a flight short because of progressive numbness in your limbs, you're told that the doctors could find nothing wrong. Are you legal to fly?

Top five dumb aviation medical examiner (AME) tricks

Article | Aug 06, 2013

Not all aviation medical examiners are created equal, and some do not act in the best interests of their pilots.

Last Discussion on CACI Medical Conditions

Article | Jul 31, 2013

I am going to go over the final three medical conditions included in the CACI group.