Tag Archives: Aviation Medical Examiner

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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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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The Great Lakes Region Gets A New Regional Flight Surgeon While Basic Med Increases In Popularity

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2018 issue When I last checked, over 35,000 airmen had availed themselves of “Basic Med.” In addition, Mayo Clinic physicians now perform Basic Med exams. In fact, the Mayo … Continue reading

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Take Precautions… Don’t Become Victim To Incapacitation

by Dr. Bill Blank, MD Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2018 issue I am certainly no expert on the subject of “pilot incapacitation,” but it is a topic deserving of our attention. Obviously, if you are flying, my short … Continue reading

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Pilots & Cataracts

by Dr. Bill Blank, M.D. Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2017/January 2018 Cataracts are a common result of aging. Over 24 million Americans over 40, one-sixth of that population, have cataracts. More than half the people over 80 have … Continue reading

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