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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.