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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.

FAA application = FAA investigation

Article | Sep 11, 2012

Did you know that when you apply for an FAA airman certificate or rating or submit an application for a medical certificate that the FAA is "investigating" your qualifications?

FAA requires EKG for first-class airmen, certain conditions

Article | Sep 07, 2012

The main policy where electrocardiograms (EKGs) are required is in first-class airmen. An EKG is required when a first-class airman turns age 35 and then each year after one turns age 40.

Who's the Boss: Pilot in Command

Article | Sep 07, 2012

If there is a violation of the FARs during a flight, the pilot in command is likely the one in trouble with FAA. It may be good to be the king, but it comes at a price, so you better know who is the king!

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

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.

Fly Well: Practice good strokes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Stroking a cat soothes him and you, stroking egos beguiles, and doing the breast stroke in the pool exhilarates. And that’s about it for good strokes.

What is 'reportable' medical history?

Article | Aug 31, 2012

Since we will soon be completing our medical applications online with the mandatory utilization of the FAA's MedXpress, I would like to spend some time on individual items on the medical history part of the application. We often get calls about just what needs to be reported or not.

Special issuance authorization update

Article | Aug 31, 2012

For pilots who have a special issuance authorization, if you missed the announcement this summer, you are no longer required to carry your authorization letter with you when you fly.

Medical petition comment period closing

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

An extended comment period closes Sept. 14, with thousands of pilots having already made the case for easing the burden of a third-class medical. But AOPA is urging those who haven't yet expressed their support to submit comments soon.

Flow control and gate holds: Managing kidney stones

Article | Aug 27, 2012

One of the consequences of inadequate regular hydration is an increased risk of forming kidney stones, and although there are many reasons why "renal calculi" form, one contributing factor is a lack of water in the body to dilute the mineral compounds that are by-products of the manufacture of urine. Especially in the hot, muggy summer months when we lose so much fluid content when we sweat, failure to maintain an adequate "inflow" of H2O further depletes our water reserves and, over time, a tiny grain of mineral gets a foothold and begins to form in the kidney.

The FAA wants to talk to me . . . now what?

Article | Aug 17, 2012

What should a pilot do when the FAA "wants to talk?" The request for dialogue might come in a letter or a telephone call from an FAA inspector. It could be a controller's question to you over the radio or a request that you telephone the tower after landing. Whenever the FAA wants to initiate a conversation to explain some incident involving your flying activities, you need to be careful as there can be a lot at risk.

Rights notice to be issued with airman, medical apps

Advocacy | Aug 16, 2012

Applicants for airman certificates or ratings, inspection authorizations, and airman medical certificates will soon find a new item in the paperwork for their practical test or medical examination: a Pilot's Bill of Rights Written Notification of Investigation from the FAA.

Broad support for medical petition at AirVenture

Advocacy | Aug 02, 2012

Many pilots and aviation supporters who attended EAA AirVenture took the opportunity to submit comments to the FAA on the AOPA/Experimental Aircraft Association medical petition, which would allow pilots to fly recreationally under certain conditions by completing an online medical awareness course, performing self-assessment before every flight, and using their driver's license in lieu of a third class medical.

Drugs - the legal kind

Article | Jul 31, 2012

Pilots are often asking why a given drug their regular doctor has prescribed does not appear on our list of “approved” medications. Well, here is the truth of the matter: The FAA does not give its approval of an FDA-approved medication until the drug has been available for one year. This is not an arbitrary and deliberately obstructive move on their part; the FAA wants to see how the medication reacts on the body when a large population is exposed, over and above what was established in the clinical trials mandated by that other federal giant, the Food and Drug Administration.