FAA pursues rulemaking on third class medical

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is moving ahead with the rulemaking process to possibly expand the number of pilots eligible to fly without the need for a third-class medical certificate. Continue Reading →

FAA apologizes for delay on 3rd class medical petition

Posted on January 12th, 2014 by

In a story posted on AOPA.org, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports that FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has formally responded to a request for an update on the status of the association’s third-class medical petition. In a Dec. 26 letter,... Continue Reading →

FAA to delay sleep apnea policy

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by

The Experimental Aircraft Association is reporting that the chairman of its Aeromedical Advisory Council, Dr. Stephen Leonard, learned from the FAA Thursday, Dec. 19, that the agency will delay implementation of its new sleep apnea policy planned for next month... Continue Reading →

I could lose sleep over this!

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by

Ever go to a car show and marvel at the British sports cars of our youth? MGs and Triumphs, how small they look now! How could I ever fit? Answer: We were slimmer then. After decades of fast food, career... Continue Reading →

GA Pilot Protection Act good for growing pilot population

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, has the potential to significantly lower one of the barriers for prospective pilots, according to officials with the Helicopter Association International. Continue Reading →

One pilot’s experience with an apnea diagnosis

Posted on December 15th, 2013 by

Mike, a Chicago area pilot, shares his experiences with apnea on his blog, as well as his thoughts about what the new proposal means: “As a pilot with apnea I thought it time to share my experiences and weigh in... Continue Reading →

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 →