AOPA can help untangle changes to FAA medical application
Have you heard about the recent changes to the FAA’s medical application? It’s enough to leave any pilot’s head spinning.
You’ll now be asked if you receive any medical disability benefits, and if you have been arrested or convicted on an alcohol-related motor vehicle action. These changes are in addition to the existing questions related to the current use of any medications, and personal medical history, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, or cancer.
Why all the changes? An ongoing investigation into the incidence of Social Security disability fraud revealed thousands of pilots were providing intentional false answers on their FAA medical certificate application forms. At least 40 of these pilots were prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. Read a recent article written by AOPA’s legal counsel to learn more.
How can AOPA help you decipher these new changes? You can start by visiting AOPA’s TurboMedical, an online interactive planning tool that can help you prepare for your next FAA physical exam. Assistance is available by calling our medical certification specialists in AOPA’s Pilot Information Center at 800/872-2672.
Also, make sure you’re enrolled in AOPA’s Legal Services Plan, because an incorrect answer could cost you your pilot and medical certificates. For less than eight cents a day for Private pilots, the Legal Services Plan provides you with legal advice and representation should the FAA take action against your pilot or medical certificate. You’ll have access to more than 700 panel attorneys for consultation and representation on these covered matters and more.
For more information or to enroll, go online, or call 800/872-2672.
While the recent medical application changes may make applying for you medical seem intimidating, remember you don’t have to go it alone. AOPA is here to help.
March 10, 2009