Balloons Festival

This weekend balloon festival was a unique experience bringing together aviation, photography, beautiful sunsets, and ballooning. The weather in mid July could not have been better. It was clear bright sunshine and warm. When the balloons took flight at 7 PM there was a setting sun and a gentle breeze from the west. I came […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Captain Sully Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson

I turned on the radio and caught the first mention of a plane down in the Hudson. Not just a plane, but a commercial airliner in the river just a half mile away. By Ray Basri, MD, FACP I began my morning running a couple of stress tests and then settled into the office seeing […]