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Answers for Pilots: Hay fever

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Are you one of the millions of people who sneeze their way through hay fever season, putting up with the itching and sniffing from mid-August until the first frost? The symptoms are mild, you say, and don’t slow you down, but they can be irksome. However, because you plan to fly, you don’t take any allergy medication for fear of using one that the FAA does not allow.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Big Bopper's death still raising questions The music might have died in 1959, but the investigation continues. Forensic anthropologist William Bass, founder of the research facility at Knoxville's University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Facility, nicknamed the "Body Farm," has been hired by the son of J.P.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

FAA-accepted medications AOPA's Medical Certification department has compiled an extensive database of more than 200 over-the-counter medications and their FAA approval status ( medical/search_faa_meds.cfm). While these medications are generally allowed by the FAA, individual variables could render a medication inappropriate for flight, according to Gary Crump, AOPA's director of medical certification.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

FAA-accepted meds It's hard to know if a medication that you're taking could affect your flying or if the FAA believes it could ... so how can you find out? AOPA's Medical Certification department has made it easy.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

Should you fly when you're on medication? In 1994, one man's battle to keep his medical certificate became the basis for a little-known but sweeping change in the federal regulations. Benton Bullwinkel had been diagnosed with two forms of mental illness — bipolar disorder (more commonly known as manic-depressive illness) and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

FAA policy for medication usage Did you know that if you are taking an antihistamine or decongestant for a cold, you should not fly for 12 hours after taking the last dose? That if you take Accutane for acne, you cannot fly at night? If you've taken Ambien for sleeplessness, you need to wait 48 hours before flying? Or if you have taken Maxalt or Zomig for your migraine headache, you need to wait 24 hours before flying? These and many other stipulations make up the FAA's guide to medication usage. AOPA's Medical Certification department has compiled an extensive database of more than 200 over-the-counter medications and their FAA approval status.

Ounce of Prevention Part 11 of 12

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

Watch out for the invisible dangers Let's talk about the less overt hazards to your safety. Previously in this series we have talked about handling the more obvious ones such as running out of fuel, poor takeoff technique, poor planning, engine failure, and midair collisions.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2000

Recognizing a drug's effect is the pilot's responsibility An AOPA member in Rancocas, New Jersey, is a good example of an airman who is taking responsibility for his role as pilot in command. When prescribed the drug Etanercept for arthritis, he immediately contacted the aviation technical specialists at AOPA.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1998

On this late March Monday morning, the sun shines brightly through a widely scattered layer of stratocumulus clouds. Mother Nature has finally checked the calendar and realized that it's spring — temperatures are warming up after a couple of weeks of unseasonably cool weather here on the East Coast.