Archives: High On Health

Susan E. Northrup, M.D. FAA’s Federal Air Surgeon

Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine Online October/November 2021 issue Dr. Susan E. Northrup, M.D. was appointed the Federal Air Surgeon of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January 2021. She succeeded Michael Berry, who held the position since January 2017.  … Continue reading

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Do You Have A Valid Medical?

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine August/September 2021 online issue An airman will sometimes say “I am going to quit flying when this medical expires. I can’t pass the next one.” … Continue reading

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DUIs & Certification

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine June/July 2021 Online Issue Recently I have had a couple of applicants with more than one DUI (Driving Under the Influence) violation. Had they handled … Continue reading

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Hypertension and FAA Certification

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine – print & online April/May 2021 issue Hypertension or high blood pressure is quite common. It is estimated that almost half of our population will … Continue reading

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What Not To Skip On FAA MedXpress Form 8500-8

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 FAA form 8500-8 is the form airman complete and submit via MedXpress before every flight physical. The Basic Med form is derived … Continue reading

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Kidney Stones & Flying

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD Copyright 2020. All rights reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine (online) – December 2020/January 2021 issue Kidney stones are particles which are formed in the kidneys. They vary in size from about the size of … Continue reading

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COVID-19 & Your Fitness To Fly!

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2020 issue COVID-19 (COronaVIrusDisease19) first appeared in late 2019. Since then it has caused a pandemic. It is classified as a corona virus. Corona is Latin for crown. Under … Continue reading

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Diabetes & FAA Certification

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D., Senior AME @August 2020 All rights reserved. Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2020 issue The FAA has come a long way since I first became an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Then diabetics could not … Continue reading

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Finding New AMEs

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D., Senior AME Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2020 issue  Do you know of a physician you think would make a good Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)? Have you thought about recruiting him/her? There has been … Continue reading

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Understanding What Causes FAA Medical Certification Delays & What You Can Do To Speed Things Up!

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D.,Senior AME Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2020 issue I just returned from speaking at an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) refresher course in Nashville. AMEs are required to perform at least 10 flight physicals … Continue reading

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