Archives: High On Health

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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CBD & Why The Jury Is Still Out!

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2020 issue Is CBD (Cannabidiol) the latest fad or is it a medication with the potential to help people with certain conditions? CBD has certainly been getting a lot … Continue reading

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BasicMed Again!

by Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2019/January 2020 issue “BasicMed” took effect on May 1, 2017, as an alternate way for pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate, as long as they meet certain … Continue reading

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High On Health

Introduction by Dr. Bill Blank As many of you know, marijuana for recreational use and some of its derivatives, have been legalized in several states. While they are legal in some states, they are illegal from the federal point of … Continue reading

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A Pilot’s Mental Health

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2019 issue Mental health issues are common in our society. The results of serious mental illness show up in the news: mass murders, the opioid crisis. Pilots are not … Continue reading

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Visual Standards

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2019 issue Recently, several questions have come up regarding vision and certification. New Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) are required to attend a one-week course in Oklahoma City prior to … Continue reading

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Be Sure You Have All of Your Ducks In Order

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue Over the past several months, I have become aware of several certification issues which prompted this article. Pilots can now meet the medical certification requirements with a … Continue reading

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Nations Unite To Modify Medical Requirements

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2018/January 2019 issue Thirty-six nations around the globe have already moved forward and abandoned costly and burdensome bureaucratic red-tape requirements associated with outdated medical certification processes for general aviation pilots. In a September 24, … Continue reading

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