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Medically Speaking: Never Give Up

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

You sit there in the examining room, blinking your eyes in disbelief at what the doctor in the white coat just told you—even as the words reverberate in your ears. “I’m afraid that you do not meet the requirements for a third class medical certificate.” For many pilots, the aviation medical examiner’s words come as a surprise.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Controlling your blood pressure Nearly one-third of the adult population in the United States has high blood pressure (properly called hypertension) according to the American Heart Association, and, amazingly, more than half of those afflicted are doing nothing to control it. For pilots, keeping blood pressure controlled is essential in order to qualify for medical certificates.

Special issuance process made easier for heart patients

Article | Dec 01, 2006

Special issuance process made easier for heart patients Pilots with heart conditions can soon say goodbye to the rigmarole associated with sending (and sometimes resending) their medical documentation to the FAA each year for a renewed special issuance medical certificate. The FAA announced that aviation medical examiners (AMEs) will be able to renew third class medical certificates issued under authorizations for nine heart conditions — myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary artery bypass, angioplasty, stent placement, tissue and mechanical valves replacements, atherectomy (removing plaque from artery), brachytherapy (reopening an occluded angioplasty), and Ross procedure (specialized heart valve surgery).

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Since Phil Boyer became AOPA's president in 1991, membership has grown more than 25 percent, to 408,000 members. I began using AOPA as a resource many years ago, but it wasn't until I took the helm of the association in 1991 that I discovered the extent of knowledge and experience available to me and any member of the association.

- Oshkosh 2006 Other News

Article | Jul 27, 2006

AOPA Online -- Oshkosh 2006 Other News Extended-time medical certificates, GA-friendly FAA funding, administrator promises FAA Administrator Marion Blakey promised pilots longer-running medicals and a new FAA funding system that won't "stifle the GA community," during her annual speech at Oshkosh Wednesday. Blakey said the agency has started rulemaking to extend the duration of third class medicals for pilots under age 40 from three to five years.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

Member lapel pins AOPA recognizes members who have been with the association and provided continuous support for general aviation for five, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 60 years with distinctive lapel pins. (The five-, 25-, and 60-year pins are new this year.) These service pins are mailed each month as AOPA identifies members who have reached these membership milestones.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Phil Boyer assumed the duties of president of AOPA in January 1991. In this job as president of your association, along with the emotional highs of winning on general aviation issues, there is plenty of frustration, as you might imagine.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

How's the 'weather' in the mirror? You don't need a Stormscope to make the determination about whether you are medically fit to fly. Just look in the mirror.

President's Position

Article | Sep 01, 2004

Phil Boyer has served as the association's president for more than 13 years. Your Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is the world's largest aviation organization, with more than 400,000 members — each with unique interests but all sharing a common bond and passion for general aviation.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

So very often, flying is a family affair, with a pilot-parent passing the aviation gene along from generation to generation. So it is with AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne, whose grandfather flew in World War I and whose father flew in World War II.

Having the Heart to Fly

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2002, I began to notice that something wasn't quite right. I'd get a pain in my left arm that radiated into my chest whenever I'd begin to exercise.

My Retirement

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Most people, having devoted their adult lives to a vocation, look forward to retirement. Seated in the captain's position of the Boeing 777, at the departure gate for London Heathrow International Airport, I had a multitude of thoughts.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2000

FAA Administrator to Speak at AOPA Expo 2000 FAA Administrator Jane Garvey is scheduled to address AOPA members on Saturday morning, October 21, at AOPA Expo 2000 in Long Beach, California. This year's AOPA Expo, from October 20 through 22, features a record number of seminars, exhibits, and product demonstrations.

President's Position

Article | Apr 01, 2000

Late February and the first week of March found me on the road with six speeches—plus testimony on Capitol Hill—over a span of 10 days, including two weekends. All of this is made worthwhile by the opportunity to meet with members, better understand how AOPA can assist them with their flying, and help to solve problems confronting pilots in specific regions of the country.

Staying Certified

Article | Oct 01, 1998

At some point during their flying years most pilots are faced with the fear of losing their medical certificate. This apprehension is reinforced by misconceptions about the intent of medical certification and the perceived complexity of the FAA bureaucracy.

AOPA Access

Article | Jun 01, 1998

Many aviation issues are time sensitive: an emergency airworthiness directive here, an airspace conflict there, or that upcoming annual inspection. One constant that comes around at least every three years for those of us flying powered aircraft is the medical certificate renewal.

AOPA Access

Article | Jul 01, 1997

One of AOPA's premier member benefits is the team of dedicated pilots and instructors who interact one-on-one with members. Together, they own 11 aircraft and have more than 53,000 hours accumulated over 321 years in aviation.

Sweet Victory

Article | Jan 01, 1997

Flying meant everything to Arnold Greenwell, a research biologist living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, when he received his private pilot certificate in December 1982. It still does.

Jogging to a Different Medical Standard

Article | May 01, 1996

Changes to Federal Aviation Regulations Part 67 medical standards have been contemplated for two decades — so long that two American Medical Association studies commissioned by the FAA, the most recent of which was completed in 1986, no longer can be viewed as current medical opinion. Between October 1994, when a notice of proposed rulemaking announced airman medical certification changes, and the close of the ensuing comment period in February 1995, the FAA received 5,200 written responses — an unusually large number of pilot comments to an NPRM.