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Fly Well: Don’t let the lunatics run the asylum

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

Under current rules,a third class medical exam is performed every two or five years and, in between, we all self-certify every time we fly.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

Top 10 reasons pilots lose flying privileges

Fly Well: Eyes on the prize

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

The eye is elegant, delicate, and complex—but, like sophisticated airplanes, stuff fails and preventative maintenance is key.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Aviation gives us a magic carpet to ride, but comprehending how your body is affected by flight is as important as understanding how carb icing occurs.

Prostate cancer

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Prostate cancer afflicts 220,000 men each year, killing 27,000.

Fly Well: Aching joints

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Subtle aging indicators—including feeling bad in the morning without having fun the night before and what doesn’t work, hurts—lead me to believe I am aging.

10-step program

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Regular piston engine oil changes are a waste of money—why not just top it off occasionally? And adding all the way to the fill line is crazy, right?

Fly Well: Is your wiring firing correctly?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Don’t blow a fuse from overload; let’s explore a few common and interesting human wiring issues.

Fly Well: Sneezing and wheezing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

The word allergy means “different action” and was coined by Dr. Clemens von Pirquet in 1905.

Fly Well: Changing face of aeromedicine

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

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

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?”

Fly Well: Drug wars

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Shooting approaches at Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) in San Diego, California, just north of the Mexican border, might include interesting liaisons...

Fly Well: Fifty ways to lose your blubber

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Weird Al Yankovic parodied two Michael Jackson songs; Beat It became Eat It, celebrating copious consumption, while Bad morphed into Fat, mirroring what is happening in America—our mutation into a fat nation.

Fly Well: Insure, insure, insure…

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The number-one cause of bankruptcies? Massive medical expenses—so dodging disease makes sense.

Topics Veterans, Pilots

Fly Well: Oh, my aching head

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Aircraft maintenance bills cause headaches and paperwork is a pain in the neck, agreed?

Fly Well: Hip to be hip

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” stated Friedrich Nietzsche. And the reverse is true—making oneself stronger reduces the chance of a premature journey across the river Styx.

Fly Well: Playing the numbers

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Eight: Hours, bottle to throttle. Eighteen: Army recruitment age; constitutional amendment initiating prohibition. Twenty-one: Legal drinking age; constitutional amendment overturning prohibition. Summer is here, and barbecues and beer beckon, so let’s consider a substance capable of causing headaches—alcohol.

Fly Well: The grim reaper versus $49

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

What will likely kill you? Heart disease--the most common cause of death in America. "But I eat well, exercise, and don't smoke, so I'm OK, right?" That ain't necessarily so.

Fly Well: Avgas or Jet A?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Sane pilots ensure the Cessna 172 they are about to fly has been fueled with 100LL. Why don't we treat what we eat with equal attention?

Fly Well: A clear picture

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Imagine a thunderous waterfall blocking a cave entrance—clear water turned white by circumstance. This is appropriate imagery for cataract (Latin cataracta, “to dash down”).

Fly Well: Clip well, clean well

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Stick and rudder, fingers and toes

Fly Well: Avoid crud

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Tires, grist, and exhaust pipes