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 […]

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 […]

The Oculus Rift Made Me Believe I Could Fly

  by Joshua Batson Yesterday, I flew over downtown San Francisco. I swooped past the Transamerica Pyramid, taking care not to get speared, and winged it out towards the water. A heavy fog covered the bay, as usual, so I decided to head back into the city. I dove sharply, and the wind started whipping […]

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 […]

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Successful Return Of a Career Commercial Airline Pilot

I am a senior aviation medical examiner for the FAA.  Part of my duties is to provide pilot with medical consultations so that despite medical issues, they can continue to be certified his meeting the requirements for duty. I am a specialist in diagnostic cardiology and use the tools of trade to facilitate special issuance […]