Archives: High On Health

How The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 Can Affect You!

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – Oct/Nov 2016 As many of you know, on July 15, 2016, President Obama signed into law the “Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2.” That was the culmination of a long process. … Continue reading

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Do you have SA?

by Dr. John Beasley, M.D. Aviation Medical Examiner Professor Emeritus and Clinical Professor Department of Family Medicine University of Wisconsin – Madison No, “SA” doesn’t stand for “Social Affliction” or some obscure medical condition that threatens your medical certificate. SA, … Continue reading

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How Hypoxia Can Ruin A Flight

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD In the last issue, Midwest Flyer Magazine Editor Dave Weiman wrote about a general aviation oxygen system, so I thought an article about “hypoxia” would be helpful. Hypoxia means lack of oxygen and in our … Continue reading

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In The Zone At Oshkosh

by Dr. John Beasley, MD I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . .” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry We’ve all been “in the zone” – that rewarding and energizing experience of being totally … Continue reading

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High Flight & Tanning Booths

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. A recent report in a dermatology journal noted a study that revealed that an airline pilot is exposed to as much Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation during a 56-minute flight at 30,000 feet as he would … Continue reading

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

by Bill Blank, M.D. As many of you know, on March 2, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initiated a new policy on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). What is behind this and how will it impact you as a pilot? … Continue reading

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Eliminating Third Class Medical Might Increase Safety

by Dr. John Beasley, M.D. A couple of issues ago, I made a plug for letting the driver’s license substitute for a 3rd Class Medical (and the FAA hasn’t revoked my AME certificate yet for saying so). As I thought … Continue reading

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As We Age As Pilots

by Dr. Bill Blank Aviation Medical Examiner The average age of pilots has been increasing. This is due to several factors. Because of improvements in lifestyles and health care, people are living longer. Airline pilots are now permitted to fly … Continue reading

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Driver’s License For Class III or Not?

by Dr. John Beasley, M.D. Aviation Medical Examiner Professor Emeritus and Clinical Professor Department of Family Medicine University of Wisconsin – Madison Driving up to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, I’m in a Honda CRV. Passing Rosendale, Wisconsin (the nationally-known … Continue reading

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Does The FAA Trust Its AMEs?

by Dr. Bill Blank Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) There are a number of selected medical conditions that are initially disqualifying for a pilot medical if the applicant does not meet the issue criteria, and must be deferred to the Aerospace … Continue reading

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