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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.