“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 […]

Aeromedical Certification after alcohol or drug infractions *****8500-8 Section 18.v.

Aviators are a special breed, often close to adventure and active socially. When they are not flying, they may be subject to indiscretion and bad choices. A few may be involved in an incident involving alcohol or drug abuse that becomes a police matter.These are very serious situations both for the individual’s health and well-being, […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Obstructive Sleep Apnea”

“F   rom: Raymond Basri” “To: Civil Aviation Medical Associations” I basically agree with your remarks. I would like to offer these additional issues: 1. Using the BMI to defer pilots is going to affect the livelihood of some individuals. There should be at least one year of education and promotion of weight-loss programs. 2. […]

Complete the FAA MedXPress application prior to your exam!

Please be sure to complete the MedXPress application prior to your exam. You may print the confirmation page, jot the confirmation # down or take a picture of the number with your phone and bring it to your exam. Here is the link: http://medxpress.faa.gov/