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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.

NTSB's Hart expresses support for pilot medical education

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

The head of the NTSB told AOPA President Mark Baker that he supports AOPA’s development of a new course to educate pilots on medical factors.

Fly Well: Eyes on the prize

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

The eye is elegant, delicate, and complex—but, like sophisticated airplanes, stuff fails and preventative maintenance is key.

Pilot Counsel: Some miscellaneous rules

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

Here are a few miscellaneous rules about which you might enjoy being reminded.

Answers for Pilots: Kidney Stones

Article | Jun 01, 2015

Read how a kidney stone can affect your airman medical certificate.

Pilot fitness study announced

Article | May 28, 2015

The FAA will work with medical professionals and industry experts to consider the mental and emotional health of airline pilots in light of recent events.

B-25 training nostalgic for pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

Sabrina Kipp has 29,000 hours of flying under her belt and multiple type ratings including the Boeing 737, but her newest accomplishment—a second-in-command type rating in the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber—has special meaning.

Homecoming Fly-In, Frederick, Maryland

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Come to your airport—the national headquarters of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association—for the association’s annual Homecoming Fly-In June 6.

Baker meets with key legislators on GA issues

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker met with key allies in Congress to seek support on critical issues, including third class medical reform.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots.

Call me an optimist

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

It seems appropriate, this spring, to talk about just how optimistic I am about getting third class medical reform. And I do believe we can get this done.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2015

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.

New medical insurance policy targets career risk for pilots

Article | Feb 26, 2015

AOPA has crafted a new insurance policy that takes the risk of losing your medical certificate out of a flying career.

The Ninety-Nines announces spring Fly Now Award

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Student pilots who are members of The International Organization of Women Pilots (The Ninety-Nines) are eligible to apply for the spring 2015 Fly Now Award.

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.