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Record setter gets second chance at pilot certificate

Article | Sep 03, 2014

A double heart valve replacement kept Rachel Carter—who at 9 years old had set the unofficial record for youngest pilot of a transcontinental flight—from earning her private pilot certificate after her medical certificate was denied. Many years later, she received her medical and is able to resume her quest for a private pilot certificate.

Fly Well - Headaches

Video | Jul 10, 2014

Gastrointestinal conditions

Article | Apr 14, 2014

The FAA allows certification for many common gastrointestinal diagnoses as long as your treating physician documents the condition as stable and controlled.

FAA drafts new sleep apnea guidelines

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

The FAA has drafted new guidelines for dealing with sleep apnea after AOPA and others objected to a sudden policy change announced last year.

Aviation associations ask Senate to pass sleep apnea bill

Advocacy | Mar 05, 2014

Nine aviation organizations have asked senators to support legislation compelling the FAA to go through the rulemaking process for new policies on sleep disorders.

Fly Well: Check your undercarriage

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

“T” is frequently paired with the word “level” and the phrase “should I take some?”

The case of Schuyler 'Sky' King

Members only | Feb 03, 2014

Schuyler "Sky" King, a law enforcement officer from Grover, Ariz., was seeing a urologist pretty regularly. He required a second class medical certificate for his job.

Could John Silver get a third class medical certificate?

Members only | Jan 29, 2014

Should an airman have a condition that requires a modification to the aircraft--let's say the loss of a leg--the pilot will need to have the aircraft modified to FAA specifications and learn to fly that particular aircraft.

The case of the airman with colon cancer

Members only | Jan 06, 2014

You should know how important it is to get regular colon cancer screenings when you reach the age of 50.

Fly Well: Drug wars

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Shooting approaches at Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) in San Diego, California, just north of the Mexican border, might include interesting liaisons...

Answers for Pilots - Arthritis

Article | Dec 02, 2013

There is good news regarding airman medical certification for those who have been diagnosed with arthritis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What is a CACI?

Article | Apr 22, 2013

The FAA physicians in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C., amended the certification policy for a group of "low risk" medical conditions to eliminate the special issuance requirement.

New medical certification policy for heart valves, pacemakers

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Warren Silberman Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine Pilot since 1986 PPS participants-only:Article archives >> New medical certification policy for heart valves, pacemakers In a prior article I discussed some of the recent FAA protocol changes for heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and coronary artery disease. In this article I shall discuss changes with heart valve replacement and pacemakers.

FAA publishes changes to special issuance medical conditions

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The FAA on April 9 posted changes to the “Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners” that will streamline the medical certification process for pilots with certain medical conditions that previously required special issuance authorizations. A new program, known as Conditions the AME Can Issue (CACI), resulted in medical certification changes for pilots with arthritis, asthma, glaucoma, hepatitis C, hypertension, hypothyroidism, migraine and chronic headaches, pre-diabetes (metabolic syndrome, impaired fasting glucose, insulin resistance, glucose elevation/intolerance), and renal cancer.

Promise of airplane inspires double liver transplant recipient

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Talk about inspiration—a father inspired his daughter to go through a second harrowing liver transplant by promising to buy her the airplane of her dreams after she made it through the surgery and recovery. Thirty-year-old Julie DeStefano comes from a family of pilots, including herself, her brother, and her father, Dennis, who both own aircraft.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Five situations where your AME can make the call

Article | May 05, 2012

Did you know that there are five medical conditions that your AME doesn’t have to defer to the FAA prior to granting medical certification? That’s a fact that can make your path as an aviator easier to navigate if you develop one of these conditions.