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Hidden Genius prize entices color vision cure

Article | Jul 28, 2015

Private pilot Trevor McKeeman says many of the world’s record-breaking aviation feats were fueled by visions of winning financial prizes and he hopes his Hidden Genius idea will inspire technology buffs to create tools to combat color vision deficiency for pilots.

Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2015

Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.

Medical reform could be added to highway bill

Advocacy | Jul 22, 2015

An amendment to the Senate highway bill that includes third class medical reform language has been filed by Sens. Joe Manchin and John Boozman.

Answers for Pilots: Kidney Stones

Article | Jun 01, 2015

Read how a kidney stone can affect your airman medical certificate.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2015

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

Answers for Pilots: Diabetes

Article | Dec 10, 2014

Diabetes treated with oral medications and under good control can still obtain a special issuance medical under the current guidelines.

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Advocacy | Nov 26, 2014

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

Medical advisory board supports third class reform

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

AOPA MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD SUPPORTS THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 29, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

Senior AME speaks out in support of medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

As the push for third class medical reform continues on Capitol Hill and with the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue is expressing his support for the effort by reaching out to fellow AMEs with compelling reasons of why pilot safety won’t be affected by medical reform.

Senators urge quick action on medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 03, 2014

Eleven senators are the latest to ask the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on third class medical reform.

Record setter gets second chance at pilot certificate

Article | Sep 03, 2014

A double heart valve replacement kept Rachel Carter—who at 9 years old had set the unofficial record for youngest pilot of a transcontinental flight—from earning her private pilot certificate after her medical certificate was denied. Many years later, she received her medical and is able to resume her quest for a private pilot certificate.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

Fly Well: Changing face of aeromedicine

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

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

Medical reform legislation reaches milestone

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Legislation that would exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process has achieved a new milestone with 100 co-sponsors signing on to the House bill.

FAA drafts new sleep apnea guidelines

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

The FAA has drafted new guidelines for dealing with sleep apnea after AOPA and others objected to a sudden policy change announced last year.