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EAA, AOPA Medical Staffs Keep Pilots Flying

August 6, 2009 — The first tangible example of the EAA/AOPA memorandum of understanding signed at Oshkosh this year was a meeting between the EAA’s Aeromedical Advisory Council, AOPA’s Board of Aviation Medical Advisors, and each association’s medical staff during AirVenture 2009.

Aviation medical examiners and the association’s dedicated medical teams discussed a broad range of timely medical certification topics affecting pilots. Among them, the success of the Federal Aviation Association’s (FAA) Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) Assisted Special Issuance (AASI) program that allows aviation medical examiners to reissue medical certificates to pilots who require special issuance medical certificates. The program has reduced the number of cases that require review by the FAA’s Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City, freeing up their medical staff to focus on more complex medical appeals cases

“Medical teams from both organizations have the same goal for their members: to keep them flying,” said Charlie Becker, EAA director of member programs, who attended the meeting. “This meeting provided an opportunity to discuss how that goal can be met through better education and collaboration on major issues.”

Both organizations have medical certification specialists who work with members experiencing medical certificate challenges.

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