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Closer than ever

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments.

Committee passes Manchin amendment to Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has brought third class medical reform one step closer to reality.

Medical reform legislation set for markup

Advocacy | Nov 11, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has set Nov. 18 as the date to move the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2.

Support for medical reform continues to grow

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

Efforts to move medical reform legislation through Congress continue as support for the measure, known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, grows steadily.

Fly Well: Don’t let the lunatics run the asylum

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

Under current rules,a third class medical exam is performed every two or five years and, in between, we all self-certify every time we fly.

AOPA says medical reform is closer than ever before

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2015

As support for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure.

Career Profile

Article | Sep 18, 2015

There are two things Greg Pinnell always knew — he liked airplanes and he wanted to be a doctor.

AME urges his senators to back medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

An aviation medical examiner and pilot who leads the Minnesota Pilots Association has called on his state's two U.S. senators to support third-class medical reform.

High Hopes program: ‘You can’

Article | Aug 12, 2015

Convincing teens and wounded veterans that they can—not only fly but achieve their dreams—is the central purpose behind the High Hopes for Colorado nonprofit at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

P&E: Medical

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

FDA approval doesn’t mean an FAA blessing

Member help still needed on medical reform

Advocacy | Jul 30, 2015

Although Congress is about to break for its August recess, AOPA members should keep calling their elected officials and asking them to co-sponsor the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2), said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon.

Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2015

Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.

Medical reform could be added to highway bill

Advocacy | Jul 22, 2015

An amendment to the Senate highway bill that includes third class medical reform language has been filed by Sens. Joe Manchin and John Boozman.


News release | Jul 22, 2015

An amendment to the Senate highway bill now under consideration that includes third-class medical reform language will receive the strong support of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Call to action: Help push medical reform through Congress

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

AOPA is calling on all members to band together and help push third class medical reform through Congress before the end of July.

Drone pilots sought

Article | Jul 08, 2015

A Boston-area startup has secured an FAA exemption to operate unmanned aircraft, and is seeking qualified pilots with or without drone experience.

Medical reform moving forward

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2015

Third class medical reform efforts continue to move forward, and AOPA will pursue every possible avenue to ensure that pilots get the relief they need, the association said June 23.