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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.

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.

Ninety-Nines revise new pilot scholarship

Article | Jul 22, 2013

The International Organization of Women Pilots (The Ninety-Nines) has revamped its former New Pilot scholarship to make the award progressive so that recipients receive funds after completing milestones in their training.

Documents pilots need to provide for conditions AMEs can issue

Article | Jul 05, 2013

Dr. Warren S. Silberman offers pointers on what you need to get your treating physician to provide to you prior to visiting your AME if you have glaucoma, chronic hepatitis C, hypothyroidism, or hypertension.

Fly Well: The grim reaper versus $49

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

What will likely kill you? Heart disease--the most common cause of death in America. "But I eat well, exercise, and don't smoke, so I'm OK, right?" That ain't necessarily so.

The FAA and depression

Article | Jun 17, 2013

Get up to speed on the FAA's policy guidelines for the use of "antidepressants" and medical certification.

Life Line Screening, AOPA partner to help pilots keep medicals

Article | Jun 11, 2013

Life Line Screening, the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States, has increased its support of AOPA and the association’s efforts to help pilots retain their medical certificates.

Life Line Screening Supports AOPA's Pilot Medical Initiatives

Article | Jun 11, 2013

Life Line Screening, the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States, has increased its support of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and AOPA’s efforts to help pilots retain their medical certificates.

Wind Beneath Their Wings

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The robust young pilot who stands with his father and their aircraft in this photo is not as he seems. Although he is an extremely healthy 18-year-old, Jim Rollison has a genetic heart defect and, without the attention of some doctors throughout his life, he might not be here.

Conditions AMEs can issue: Detailed requirements

Article | May 31, 2013

Your aviation medical examiner can issue a medical certificate in the office if you have certain conditions.

Guide to AOPA's new website

Article | May 29, 2013

AOPA's new website design and the technology powering it are geared to make it easier for you to find aviation information. Check out this guide to quickly become acquainted with the new website.