August 6, 2013
By Warren Silberman
Well, fellow aviators, now that I no longer work for the FAA I can write about some things that may not have been very "appropriate" when I did. Not all aviation medical examiners are created equaI, and some do not act in the best interests of their pilots. When the AME doesn’t follow correct procedures in handling your application, the incorrect actions or inactions will usually result in your receiving a request from the FAA for more explanation and medical records, and your AME will receive an "error check" in his or her FAA file. This will result in aggravation for you and possible trouble for your AME. Here is a short list of the top five dumb things I have seen our AMEs do:
Pilot Health and Medical,
Pilot Protection Services,
AOPA Products and Services,
Aviation Medical Examiner,
Special Issuance Medical
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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