It never fails. You’ve waited all month to go flying and you wake up with a sore throat and sniffles. Do you think to yourself: “Well, I can still clear my ears, so I’ll just pop a couple of cold tablets and go flying.”
Not so, according to a new U.S. Forest Service Interagency Safety Bulletin on medications, flying and fitness. Pilot performance can be seriously affected by both prescribed and over-the-counter medications, according to the bulletin, which you can read here.