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10 food intake tips for healthy flying

Members only | 2014, 10 20

If you think of yourself as what you eat, are you imagining a day-old brown-and-gray cheeseburger and grease-sodden fries, or a crisp, brightly colored salad? Check out these 10 tips from Dr. Jonathan Sackier to help you improve your food intake.

Hypoxia explained

Article | 2014, 10 13

The federal aviation regulations dictate required use of supplemental oxygen, but go beyond the FAR/AIM and know your own physiology to help keep yourself safe at altitute.

Hangar storage

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 10 02

One of the many benefits offered to participants in the AOPA Legal Services Plan is a one-time annual review and critique of certain aviation documents—in this case, a hangar lease agreement that a LSP participant has been asked to execute.

10-step program

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 10 02

Regular piston engine oil changes are a waste of money—why not just top it off occasionally? And adding all the way to the fill line is crazy, right?

Special issuance not required for hypertension controlled by meds

Members only | 2014, 09 29

Interestingly, high blood pressure on medication was probably one of the first medical conditions both in the U.S. military services and in civil aviation medicine that was waiverable.

Pilot Protection Services Medical Mailbag- October Q&A

Article | 2014, 09 29

Dr. Jonathan M. Sackier, Dr. Warren Silberman, and Gary Crump, RN, answer your medical aviation questions.

Flying with diabetes: How to get your medical

Members only | 2014, 09 22

Diabetes is an increasingly common condition that pilots are facing. Diabetes mellitus treated with oral medications or insulin is one of the FAA's 15 specifically disqualifying medical conditions. Dr. Warren Silberman explains how to go through the AME-assisted special issuance process.

Coming home to Frederick

Members only | 2014, 09 15

If you’re planning to fly into Frederick, Maryland, for AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4, you’ll need to be sure to fulfill your pre-flight obligations in familiarizing yourself with the operating times of the tower and any special procedures for arrivals and departures at the airport.

Pilot Counsel: Revisiting shared expenses

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 04

Two recent legal interpretations by the FAA’s chief counsel deal with the time-honored privilege of a private pilot—and a commercial and ATP pilot while exercising only private pilot privileges—to conduct a shared-expense flight.

Conquer your smoking addiction

Members only | 2014, 09 01

Dr. Jonathan Sackier recently received a plea from a well-known figure in aviation: "Jonathan, can you please help me? I have been smoking for years and know I need to stop but cannot. I am 61, have some problems with my blood pressure and have had blocked coronary arteries that needed stents. What can I do?" Check out Sackier's advice.