The nuclear BMI proposal

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by

GUEST EDITORIAL By PAUL BERGE  Public service life can be so unfair. You make one minor suggestion in your role as FAA Air Surgeon, and the aviation world beats a path to your office door waving pitchforks and blogs. In... Continue Reading →

Proposed legislation would cut 3rd class medical requirement for many GA pilots

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by

Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) have introduced a bill in the U.S. House that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally. Continue Reading →

AMEs object to FAA Sleep Apnea Policy

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by

The Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), the professional organization for Aviation Medical Examiners who provide medical certification exams to the nation’s pilots, has joined the consensus against the FAA’s new sleep apnea policy. Continue Reading →

Proposed sleep apnea policy leads to new Congressional bill

Posted on November 24th, 2013 by

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process before implementing new policies regarding sleep disorders. The bill was created in response to a surprise FAA policy... Continue Reading →

A ‘baaad’ rule

Posted on November 21st, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This could be the beginning of something big: The FAA has followed recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board and announced a program to check the weight of pilots in order to produce safer flight. The announced... Continue Reading →

AOPA insists FAA withdraw new sleep disorder policy

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on Wednesday sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta insisting that the FAA withdraw its new policy on obstructive sleep apnea or go through the rulemaking process. Continue Reading →

BMI could trigger additional scrutiny with proposed policy

Posted on November 19th, 2013 by

The FAA is targeting pilots (and controllers) with a “proposed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) policy.” Pilots and controllers with a Body Mass Index (calculate yours here) with 40 and higher, will be the initial target. Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton... Continue Reading →

Advent of cold and flu season a reminder for drug-impairment awareness

Posted on November 17th, 2013 by

As cold and flu season progresses, an open letter to pilots, stressing the contribution of common medications to some fatal loss-of-control aviation accidents, is getting renewed attention, according to officials with the National Business Aviation Association. Continue Reading →

EAA offers members help with special issuances

Posted on November 7th, 2013 by

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — Pilots who need medical certification special issuances can now get assistance through a new program from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Continue Reading →

New research finds hypoxia can be detected before symptoms apparent

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by

A team of Mayo Clinic researchers have found that hypoxia can be detected before incapacitating physical symptoms, which can be a safety threat at high altitudes. Continue Reading →