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Shutdown Breakdown

Shutdown Breakdown – How the government shutdown is helping some Pilots.

Since the FAA medical certification division is operating on a skeleton crew, many pilots have been grounded waiting for medical authorizations. For some of these pilots-in-waiting there are other ways to get in the air. Pilot Medical Solutions has … Read More

Government Shutdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/4/2018

Although the FAA medical certification branch is virtually closed, many pilots are receiving answers to their aeromedical questions from Pilot Medical Solutions. Due to the government shutdown and furloughs, a large portion of the FAA is shut down including many parts of Read More

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