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Answers for Pilots: Kidney Stones

Article | Jun 01, 2015

Read how a kidney stone can affect your airman medical certificate.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2015

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

Answers for Pilots: Diabetes

Article | Dec 10, 2014

Diabetes treated with oral medications and under good control can still obtain a special issuance medical under the current guidelines.

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Advocacy | Nov 26, 2014

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

Medical advisory board supports third class reform

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

AOPA MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD SUPPORTS THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 29, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

Senior AME speaks out in support of medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

As the push for third class medical reform continues on Capitol Hill and with the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue is expressing his support for the effort by reaching out to fellow AMEs with compelling reasons of why pilot safety won’t be affected by medical reform.

Senators urge quick action on medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 03, 2014

Eleven senators are the latest to ask the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on third class medical reform.

Record setter gets second chance at pilot certificate

Article | Sep 03, 2014

A double heart valve replacement kept Rachel Carter—who at 9 years old had set the unofficial record for youngest pilot of a transcontinental flight—from earning her private pilot certificate after her medical certificate was denied. Many years later, she received her medical and is able to resume her quest for a private pilot certificate.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

Fly Well: Changing face of aeromedicine

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

Dr. Warren Silberman managed the FAA medical certification division from 1997 through 2011.

Medical reform legislation reaches milestone

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Legislation that would exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process has achieved a new milestone with 100 co-sponsors signing on to the House bill.

FAA drafts new sleep apnea guidelines

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

The FAA has drafted new guidelines for dealing with sleep apnea after AOPA and others objected to a sudden policy change announced last year.

Weather Watch: Convective coverages

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Whether you believe in global warming or not, here’s a hard fact: the days are getting warmer as we make our way toward summer.

Fly Well: Check your undercarriage

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

“T” is frequently paired with the word “level” and the phrase “should I take some?”

The case of Schuyler 'Sky' King

Members only | Feb 03, 2014

Schuyler "Sky" King, a law enforcement officer from Grover, Ariz., was seeing a urologist pretty regularly. He required a second class medical certificate for his job.

Senate introduces sleep apnea bill

Article | Jan 16, 2014

The Senate has introduced legislation that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new sleep apnea requirements.

The case of the airman with colon cancer

Members only | Jan 06, 2014

You should know how important it is to get regular colon cancer screenings when you reach the age of 50.

Waypoints: Last day to fly

Pilot Magazine | Dec 18, 2013

Today there’s a pilot flying his Piper Super Cub low over a farm field, enjoying the view.

FAA will move forward with sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Dec 12, 2013

During a hastily organized webinar held Dec. 12, the FAA said it will move forward with implementing its new sleep apnea policy despite overwhelming opposition.

AMEs object to sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Dec 10, 2013

The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.

Collateral damage, part 2

Members only | Dec 09, 2013

FAA personnel reallocations, terminated government contracts in an effort to save costs, glitches with progress on the Digital Imaging Workflow System, and the government shutdown have compounded to produce a larger-than-usual backlog of special issuance medicals for tens of thousands of pilots.

Answers for Pilots - Arthritis

Article | Dec 02, 2013

There is good news regarding airman medical certification for those who have been diagnosed with arthritis.

Answers for Pilots - Arthritis

Article | Dec 02, 2013

There is good news regarding airman medical certification for those who have been diagnosed with arthritis.

Sleep apnea scrutiny falls on pilots

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Pilots impacted by the FAA’s proposed new obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) policy can expect to pay some $2,000 to more than $5,000 for testing and, if needed, equipment for treatment, according to an AOPA investigation.

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.