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Special issuance authorization update

Article | Aug 31, 2012

For pilots who have a special issuance authorization, if you missed the announcement this summer, you are no longer required to carry your authorization letter with you when you fly.

Flow control and gate holds: Managing kidney stones

Article | Aug 27, 2012

One of the consequences of inadequate regular hydration is an increased risk of forming kidney stones, and although there are many reasons why "renal calculi" form, one contributing factor is a lack of water in the body to dilute the mineral compounds that are by-products of the manufacture of urine. Especially in the hot, muggy summer months when we lose so much fluid content when we sweat, failure to maintain an adequate "inflow" of H2O further depletes our water reserves and, over time, a tiny grain of mineral gets a foothold and begins to form in the kidney.

Hot air balloons, the RAF, and D.I.A.B.E.T.E.S

Article | Jun 28, 2012

What do Beaumont, Miss., hot air balloons, the Royal Air Force, and diabetes have in common? Stick around and find out, all will become crystal clear! Diabetes is on the march with millions afflicted, and a couple of pilots are taking the lead in tackling this affliction.

Think like a pilot

Article | May 08, 2012

Pilots strive to minimize risk before flights, so why do some think and act differently when it comes to their health?

Five situations where your AME can make the call

Article | May 05, 2012

Did you know that there are five medical conditions that your AME doesn’t have to defer to the FAA prior to granting medical certification? That’s a fact that can make your path as an aviator easier to navigate if you develop one of these conditions.

FAA eases special issuance burden

Article | Mar 22, 2012

Starting July 20, pilots who have a medical certificate with a special issuance authorization will no longer need to carry the separate authorization letter with them in the aircraft.

Xarelto now an approved medication for flight

Article | Mar 12, 2012

Good news on the medication front: The FAA recently accepted Xarelto as an allowed anticoagulant for use in aviation.

FAA announces end of paper medical certificate applications

Advocacy | Jan 27, 2012

The good news is, medical certificate applications submitted online should be processed more efficiently, medical certification processing errors should be reduced, and taxpayers should get a break on federal spending. However, the transition away from paper applications for medical certificates presents AOPA with some concerns for pilots who don't currently use computers.

Answers for Pilots: Are you special?

Article | Oct 01, 2011

For more than 25,000 pilots, obtaining a special issuance medical certificate is the difference between flying and being grounded. The FAA created the SI authorization to provide more flexibility in granting medical certificates to pilots with serious medical conditions. There are 15 medical conditions identified in Part 67 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (the medical standards for airmen) that are disqualifying "by medical history or clinical diagnosis." The FAA doesn't limit SI authorization to these 15 conditions, however, but can extend it to include any medical condition that could progress adversely - decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. AOPA medical certification specialists can help you get through the process.