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AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

The FAA sent a letter about my medical. Now what?

Article | Jan 28, 2013

Occasionally, a pilot who walked out of the aviation medical examiner's (AME's) office with a medical in hand will receive a letter from the FAA months later questioning the pilot's eligibility to hold a medical certificate.

'Think twice; no shortcuts'

Article | Jan 24, 2013

The recent solo of a student marked a happy milestone for CFI Matt Cole, who sustained serious burns in an aircraft accident in 2001, defied some experts' expectations about his prospects, and returned to aviation.

Prepare a winning case

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Get insider tips from Dr. Warren Silberman, former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, on preparing your medical packet for the FAA’s review so that you can get your case approved and medical certificate in hand, sooner with less hassle.

Jan. 4, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jan 04, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1 — January 4, 2013 Looking ahead to 2013 Outsmart your chart Fuller’s take on Day One in Washington Quiz Me: Braking action report Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Looking ahead to 2013 This will be a pivotal year for AOPA.

Can I fly after a stroke?

Article | Jan 03, 2013

The three terms one hears when dealing with a “stroke” are cerebrovascular accident, stroke, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). In a TIA, a person has neurological symptoms lasting for several minutes up to several hours.

Answers for Pilots: Vision

Article | Jan 01, 2013

Like most aspects of our health, we take our vision for granted until something affects it. Pilots’ eyes, unfortunately, are not immune to the effects of aging. Cataracts and the ensuing surgery, and lens implants are often part of the golden years. And for all of us, even something as simple as getting new contact lenses could have an impact on airman medical certification if the lenses are tinted, bifocal, or multifocal. Find out how different vision issues impact your airman medical certification.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

The ABCs of EKGs

Article | Dec 28, 2012

If you require an electrocardiogram for your aviation medical certificate, it is the AME’s responsibility to interpret the EKG and if it is abnormal to have you undergo certain testing and evaluations. Find out how to ensure the doctor does the job properly.

Choosing medications and medical devices

Article | Nov 21, 2012

How does the FAA choose which medications to approve? Dr. Warren Silberman, the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, explains.

Webinar: How to Pick a 'Good' AME

Article | Nov 13, 2012

Since October 1, all pilots getting a medical are required to use the FAA's online system MedXPress. This webinar will cover what it takes to complete the application and how to keep sport pilot as an option. Speaker: Dr. Warren Silberman, formerly the Manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification from 1997-2011.

High blood pressure disqualifying?

Article | Nov 06, 2012

Concerned about losing your medical because of high blood pressure? Don't be spooked by marketing scare tactics: More than 64,000 airmen are flying with high blood pressure on medication.

Answers for Pilots: Sightseeing Flights

Article | Nov 02, 2012

Charitable or community flying events, which this article focuses on, are typically sightseeing flights

Diabetes mellitus on oral medications

Article | Oct 26, 2012

Diet-controlled diabetes mellitus is one of the five medical conditions that your aviation medical examiner may grant issuance if you come to your examination with the proper documentation.

Hightower out at EAA

Article | Oct 22, 2012

In a surprise move, Experimental Aircraft Association President and CEO Rod Hightower stepped down on Oct. 22 and newly elevated EAA Chairman Jack Pelton agreed to run the 175,000-member organization on an interim basis

Medical exemption push continues

Advocacy | Oct 18, 2012

If you missed the public comment window on a request from AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that would reduce the burden of the third class medical, there's still an opportunity to make your voice heard.

Six tips to get your medical faster

Article | Oct 12, 2012

Based on our frequent interactions with the FAA's Aerospace Medical Certification Division, AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump shares six tips you can do to hasten the process of wresting your medical certificate from the FAA.

GAO calls for more GA reporting in interest of safety

Article | Oct 11, 2012

The Government Accountability Office, following its most recent study of general aviation accident trends, has called on the FAA to collect more data on aircraft hours flown and pilot training.

The Big C: Medical certification of prostate or breast cancer

Article | Oct 10, 2012

Dr. Warren Silberman, the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, offers insight into how the FAA views the particular treatments for prostate and breast cancer, and what you can expect when you present medical records to the agency.

Pilots voice support for medical petition

Advocacy | Sep 27, 2012

The FAA received more than 16,000 comments on the petition by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association for an exemption that would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a third class medical or instead participating in a recurrent online education program that would educate them how better to self-assess their fitness to fly.

Stay healthy, keep your certificate

Article | Sep 25, 2012

Can pilots fly while using certain antidepressants? How does your brain chemistry affect gross weight? Get answers at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Checking out on MedXPress as the paper form checks out

Article | Sep 24, 2012

On Oct. 1 the paper version of the FAA airman medical application will be retired and all medical applications will have to be completed online.

Combs to complete 50-state odyssey in LSA

Article | Sep 22, 2012

A little more than two years after he departed on a months-long mission to land a light sport aircraft in all 50 states, sport pilot Michael Combs will finally be able to check off that final, elusive destination: Hawaii.

Seeing colors, but not by knockout?

Article | Sep 20, 2012

This isn't an article about boxing and what happens when you get knocked out, but concerns a hereditary or acquired condition known as color vision deficiency.

Webinar: How to Pick a 'Good' AME

Article | Sep 12, 2012

Nothing is more critical to getting your medical than having a "good" Aviation Medical Examiner. It can make the difference between an in–office issuance with no hassle or a delayed issuance with you stuck on the ground. Dr. Warren Silberman, formerly the Manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification from 1997-2011, will share his insights into what makes a "good" AME.