Archives: High On Health

10% Gives You 90%

by Dr. John Beasley, M.D. Aviation Medical Examiner Professor Emeritus and Clinical Professor Department of Family Medicine University of Wisconsin – Madison Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue Dr. Beasley, if you give me one more pill, I … Continue reading

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Special Issuances… Why organization, completeness and timeliness is so important.

by Dr. Bill Blank Aviation Medical Examiner Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 In the past several issues of Midwest Flyer Magazine, I have been talking about the FAA certification process. I have discussed Regular Issuances (RI) and CACIs … Continue reading

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Getting Personal

by Dr. John Beasley, M.D. Aviation Medical Examiner Professor Emeritus and Clinical Professor Department of Family Medicine University of Wisconsin – Madison Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 issue Recently, an aviation legend who will remain nameless, almost bought … Continue reading

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The Medical Certification Process

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 In the last issue, I talked about how some pilots who will soon be permitted to fly without an FAA-issued medical certificate, while the majority of pilots … Continue reading

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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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