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Get an inside look at the FAA's new sleep apnea policy

Article | 2015, 03 03

On March 2, the FAA published its latest guidelines on obstructive sleep apnea. Former FAA manager of aerospace medical certification Warren Silberman describes how the policy divides pilots into six groups.

Pilot Protection Services Medical Mailbag- March Q&A

Article | 2015, 03 01

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

FAA offers interpretation of solo endorsements

Members only | 2015, 02 17

How long is a solo endorsement valid? The regulations can be confusing, even misleading, but recent FAA interpretation provides some clarification by distinguishing between student pilots and already-certificated pilots seeking additional certificates or ratings.

Medical conditions that don't require special issuance, part 2

Article | 2015, 02 06

In the past, we have talked about FAA’s newer program of Conditions that AME’s Can Issue (CACI). The FAA plans to expand this program in the future, but for now, here are some other conditions that require a report from the airman's treating physician, but will not likely result in a special issuance.

Medical conditions that don't require special issuance, part 1

Article | 2015, 02 03

There are many medical conditions for which the FAA expects the airman to provide some documentation at the time of the physical exam, but which will not lead to a special issuance.

Prostate cancer

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 02 03

Prostate cancer afflicts 220,000 men each year, killing 27,000.

Pilot Protection Services Medical Mailbag- February Q&A

Article | 2015, 01 29

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

What you need to know about question 18(v) on the FAA 8500-8

Members only | 2015, 01 26

Question 18(v) of the FAA's medical history and physical examination form, 8500-8, has caused airmen more aggravation than most other questions on the FAA medical history. An improper response results in the No. 1 enforcement action in the FAA legal realm.

Flight plan flight planning

Members only | 2015, 01 15

In the Aeronautical Information Manual, the FAA urges every pilot to file a flight plan with the FAA that specifies information relating to the intended flight. For flights under IFR, a flight plan is required; for flights under VFR, a flight plan is optional.

Disqualifying psychological conditions and your medical

Article | 2015, 01 12

An aviation medical examiner may not grant a medical certificate to an airman with certain conditions without verbal or written permission from an FAA physician. Find out the five psychological diagnoses affected and what they mean for a pilot's prospects of obtaining a medical.