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Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

"Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you," sang The Hollies in 1972. Nice sentiments, but wrong. You need air - not sometimes, all of the time. Many pilots scuba dive, always descending with a carefully checked tank, but many ascend without oxygen. Federal Aviation Regulation 91.211 states that a pilot of an unpressurized aircraft shall not operate from 12,500 to 14,000 feet for longer than 30 minutes without supplemental oxygen. Above 14,000 feet, oxygen has to be used by the crew, and above 15,000 feet it must be provided for everyone aboard.

Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

“The heart is the only broken instrument that works,” said T.E. Kalem, former writer for Time magazine, and on Valentine’s Day, surrounded by images of love, we tend to focus on the emotional side of our biological fuel pump.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

AOPA, EAA formalize collaborative efforts With the letters “EAA” emblazoned by a skywriter across a crisp blue Wisconsin sky, the presidents of the world’s two largest aviation associations signed a memorandum of understanding that harnesses the power of the two organizations to bring about improvements to general aviation. Under the agreement, EAA and AOPA pledged to support each other’s efforts to promote, protect, and expand the general aviation community.

Answers for Pilots: Healthier Choices

Article | Jul 01, 2009

AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s 2008 Nall Report, which details general aviation accidents, trends, and factors for 2007, states that pilot-related accidents accounted for about three-quarters of both total and fatal general aviation accidents in 2007. Each of the pilots involved in these accidents made a decision, or a series of decisions, that culminated in an accident.

The doctor is in

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

The shrill sound of the pager pierced the quiet moment of early morning solitude in the office as I attempted to catch up on the necessities of being a flight physician. Reviewing the list of return phone calls to make, studying the upcoming patient visits, and signing electronic medical notes was being interrupted again.

Answers for Pilots: Grandfathered in under 40

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

The technical specialists in AOPA’s medical department spend much of their time talking with older members who fly on special issuance medical certificates. But with the FAA’s recent extension of the duration of medical certificates for pilots under age 40, we’ve heard from many members who have not yet had their fortieth birthday and have questions on how the changes apply to them.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Medically speaking: A second chance I read the article about Skip Monaghan Jr. obtaining his medical back after his heart transplant (“Medically Speaking: A Second Chance,” August AOPA Pilot).

President's Position: The airman medical

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

AOPA President Phil Boyer became a private pilot in 1967. What’s the most under-utilized resource AOPA offers its members? Without a doubt, it’s our medical certification services.

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.

Medically Speaking: A Second Chance

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Forty-seven-year-old Malvern “Skip” Monaghan Jr. had logged around 630 hours by August 2001.

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

Pilot Magazine | 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.