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Psychiatric Conditions | FAA Medical Certification

Wellbutrin XL 300While the FAA does not routinely evaluate the behavioral health of pilots, they do require applicants to voluntarily report all mental issues since birth. Despite widespread miss-interpretation by many pilot associations, the present FAA policy effectively prohibits the use of most psychotropic/mood ameliorating medications.  The FAA has approved approximately fifty … Read More

Diabetes Mellitus | FAA Medical Certification

The initial presentation of any carbohydrate metabolism disorder requires an evaluation be performed to establish eligibility for certification.  This includes insulin or non-insulin dependant diabetes and the use of any hypoglycemic medication.  FAA evaluations must be accomplished
in compliance with specific protocols.

In most cases, an FAA designated Aviation Medical … Read More

FAA Policy Update

Federal Aviation Administration

1. Pilots on Coumadin (Anticoagulation therapy)

For applicants who are just beginning Warfarin (Coumadin) treatment the following is required by the FAA:

◦Minimum observation time of 6 weeks after initiation of warfarin therapy;

◦Must also meet any required observation time for the underlying condition; AND

◦6 INRs, no more frequently … Read More

The Heart of a Pilot

If there is one thing on which most pilots agree, it is their disdain for the FAA’s medical requirements. Some tests required by the FAA are invasive and expensive prompting even physicians to balk at the costs of providing flight-fitness proof. Cardiovascular testing is at the forefront of this controversy. … Read More

Don’t Call Me Shirley

The comic conflicts in the 1980 movie Airplane were amusing but real flight crew feuds can be pernicious, even outright dangerous. It is critical that pilots and other crew members transcend petty or baited quarrels and maintain effective communication. If conflicts are a regular occurrence for a particular crew member, … Read More

FAA 2018 Report – Dallas, TX

FAA 2018 ReportMay 5-11, Dallas, TX – FAA reveals over 90% of pilots who were denied FAA medical certification in 2017 failed to provide the documentation required to obtain FAA medical certification approval. The FAA also released age-related data on BasicMed pilots during the aerospace medical meeting which was co-sponsored by Pilot … Read More