Cool electric aircraft…Beginning the future?

Posted on April 4th, 2010 by

Electric is hot! Even in a dull economy with sluggish airplane sales, the spark of electric power is crackling with life. Numerous projects have been announced and organizations like EAA are making way for electric airplanes to showcase themselves at... Continue Reading →

Good for the heart

Posted on March 10th, 2006 by

There’s good news for pilots with heart conditions. Continue Reading →

Questions for the doc

Posted on October 21st, 2005 by

A lot of readers have questions, so I thought I’d tackle some of those in this column. Continue Reading →

Diabetic? You can still fly — if you’re willing to jump through some hoops

Posted on August 5th, 2005 by

I recently had a 43-year-old diabetic pilot in my office for a Third Class Medical. My examination of the airman was unremarkable. His urinalysis was negative for sugar. He was slightly obese. Reports were provided stating he had no hypoglycemic... Continue Reading →

Get your medical back after a heart attack

Posted on June 17th, 2005 by

In January, a 66-year-old airline transport rated pilot went to the ER for chest pain. He was evaluated for a myocardial infarction (heart attack). The enzymes that we do when people enter the ER were negative for heart damage and... Continue Reading →

When does your medical run out?

Posted on May 20th, 2005 by

It’s a question that even AMEs have a hard time deciding: Exactly when does a medical run out? Continue Reading →

Think it’s just a freckle? Maybe, but it could be cancer

Posted on April 22nd, 2005 by

In the course of examining airmen for FAA medical certificates, aeromedical examiners sometimes see skin lesions of various kinds. Most are inconsequential, but we sometimes find cancerous growths. Any time the word “cancer” comes up, it is a scary situation. Continue Reading →

It’s enough to make you sick

Posted on February 25th, 2005 by

A fairly common occurrence with pilots is air sickness — the nausea or vomiting associated with flying, especially when flying aerobatics. Continue Reading →

Convictions: Done some time? Don’t lie about it during your medical or you may stay ground bound

Posted on January 28th, 2005 by

Many years ago, an airman visited my office at six-month intervals for his Class I medical. He was approximately 35 years old, in good health and his 8500-8 was always filled out perfectly with “no’s” on all of the items,... Continue Reading →

What’s up doc?

Posted on December 10th, 2004 by

How important is your choice of Aviation Medical Examiner? Continue Reading →