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AOPA to ask FAA to suspend implementation of new sleep apnea policy

Article | Nov 18, 2013

AOPA is asking the FAA to suspend a new policy requiring certain pilots to be screened and treated for sleep apnea before receiving a medical certificate.

Too sweet to fly

Members only | Nov 11, 2013

Diabetes mellitus that is diet and exercise controlled does not require a special issuance, so your AME may issue a medical certificate without approval from the FAA. However, you will need some documentation for your AME at the time of your next FAA physical examination.

The value of experience

Members only | Oct 07, 2013

AOPA is the only general aviation organization with a full-time staff of medical certification specialists whose primary role is to assist members with medical certification challenges.

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.

Top five dumb aviation medical examiner (AME) tricks

Article | Aug 06, 2013

Not all aviation medical examiners are created equal, and some do not act in the best interests of their pilots.

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.

The shifting sands of medical certification policy

Article | Apr 30, 2013

The FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine recently announced changes to several policies regarding certification of certain cardiac conditions.

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.

FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions

Article | Mar 18, 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 >> FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions EDITOR'S NOTE: We were just notified 3/20/13 that the FAA is still working through the final cardiac policy changes. When the formal policy is announced we will notify our members at that time and highlight any changes to this article.

The FAA sent a letter about my medical. Now what?

Article | Jan 28, 2013

Occasionally, a pilot who walked out of the aviation medical examiner's (AME's) office with a medical in hand will receive a letter from the FAA months later questioning the pilot's eligibility to hold a medical certificate.

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.

High blood pressure disqualifying?

Article | Nov 06, 2012

Concerned about losing your medical because of high blood pressure? Don't be spooked by marketing scare tactics: More than 64,000 airmen are flying with high blood pressure on medication.

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.

Medical exemption push continues

Advocacy | Oct 18, 2012

If you missed the public comment window on a request from AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that would reduce the burden of the third class medical, there's still an opportunity to make your voice heard.

Six tips to get your medical faster

Article | Oct 12, 2012

Based on our frequent interactions with the FAA's Aerospace Medical Certification Division, AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump shares six tips you can do to hasten the process of wresting your medical certificate from the FAA.

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.