“Miracle on the Hudson” … and the “Sully” movie

Sully, the movie is being released in a couple of weeks. I’m asked if I’m in it. Short answer, no. Disappointed? A bit. So how did this big Hollywood movie with Tom Hanks and made by Clint Eastwood miss my role of a lifetime? My guess is that they cut me in editing the film […]

THE BASRI DIET – THE OTHER PASSOVER DIET

  THE BASRI DIET – THE OTHER PASSOVER DIET I’m going to ask you not to eat four things. If you don’t eat these three things, you will lose a lot of weight. But you must adhere to the diet 100% — not 90% or 95%. But it’s a simple diet.  It’s very straightforward.  You […]

Aeromedical Deliberations in the Germanwings Tragedy

The Germanwings tragedy this week brought to the forefront the mental health assessment for commercial airmen.  There are reports that the copilot had another serious health issue with his vision.   I would like to raise the possibility that there is a connection between the suicide, mental health issues, change in vision, and perhaps a brain […]

FLYING AFTER SCUBA DIVING

I have enjoyed scuba diving for many years. As a physician, I am fascinated with the physiology of barometric pressure and offloading gases within the body.  I did advanced hyperbaric training through Divers Alert Network and through New York Medical College where I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Decompression sickness is the medical […]

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – Pilot – FAA Medical Exam

Pilots are concerned about a new medical standard for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) by the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The concern is that pilots with a serious weight problem will be adversely affected in their recertification. I would like to present my perspective as a senior AME. My thoughts are my own and not necessarily […]

Duration of FAA Pilot medical certificates

Many pilots ask if we could recap the duration for their medical certificates. and the frequency for the EKG for the first class airmen. First Class Medical Certificate: A first class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue; plus o    6 calendar months for operations requiring a first class medical […]

Lasik Correction for Pilot

From: Raymond Basri <xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > Date: June 24, 2014 11:03:41 AM EDT To: <xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: Re:  LASIK That is very good news indeed. I’m happy you are satisfied with the results. You should bring the report from the eye specialist as well as completing your Medxpress online application listing it as a surgical procedure. I look forward to seeing […]