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You strive to ensure your airplane is airworthy, but what about the most important thing in the cockpit — you? Are you eating properly to ensure peak performance inflight?

That’s especially difficult these days, with fast food restaurants on every corner and junk food so easily accessible.

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Expect third class medical reform in 2015

AOPA Petition

At the last Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) regional fly-in of the year, pilots clamored to sign a giant petition calling for reform of the third class medical.

It’s a scene that’s been played out at all the AOPA events throughout the year, association officials say, reporting that more than 10,000 signatures have been garnered since the petition first appeared at SUN ’n FUN. The panel that was at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI) in Georgia was the 10th panel.

“It’s been really popular,” said Steve Hedges, AOPA’s spokesman.

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Senators again urge quick action on third-class medical reform

Eleven U.S. senators, all co-sponsors of a bill to reform the third-class medical process, are asking the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on their review of the FAA’s proposed medical reform rule.

In a Sept. 2 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and OMB Director Shaun Donovan, the senators warned that “this is a time-sensitive issue” and asked that both agencies complete their review within one month.

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Lawmakers lobby to expedite medical reform

Lawmakers are asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the administration to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

In two separate letters, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) and Sam Graves (R-Missouri) wrote to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging his department to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the proposal for public comment.

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GA groups lobby for expedited review of medical reform

Seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

In an August 15 letter, the associations urged Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the proposal for public comment.

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Doctors vote to fight driver’s license medical

From a pilot’s perspective, the enemy of positive change is self-interest and bureaucracy, and both were well represented during the recent meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago. According to a blog post from Flying Magazine’s Robert Goyer, an AMA committee voted to oppose the FAA’s proposed driver’s license medical by directing lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., to defeat the rule change.