Aerospace Medicine

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How to Find a Good Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)

Most pilots have experienced the anxiety and trepidation felt when going to any doctor. This feeling is even more intense when visiting the flight doc for medical clearance. This is why it is so critical for airmen to find a trustworthy Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). [More info on how to […]

Ready for 70,000 feet.

A day in the life of a U2 Spy Plane Flight Doc

It is an exceedingly rare privilege for anyone aside from highly trained military pilots to don the yellow pressure suit and fly along the very edge of outer space in the infamous U-2 spy plane. But I was one of those lucky few…but first a story that may have led […]

CACI or Khakii?

What is a CACI Condition?

Pilots and other aircrew must maintain strict medical standards to be considered fit & healthy to fly airplanes & passengers. Check out this previous post for a full history and explanation on Aeromedical Standards. The FAA has created a useful way for individual Aviation Medical Examiners (AME) to issue a […]

Tale of Two Doctors

Serving in Residency

This is an article our newest Featured Flight Doc, Lt Col Robert SOJU Ryu, authored when he was just a lowly Major and a resident back in 2019. In this piece, SOJU detailed his experience flying fast jets with the Ohio ANG all while enduring the grueling training of an Orthopedic Surgery […]

Basic, Senior, & Chief USAF Flight Surgeon Wings

Building a USAF Flight Surgeon: A New Approach to Training

How does one become a USAF Flight Surgeon you may ask? The recipe is simple. Step 1: Meet the appropriate licensing requirements to practice medicine. Step 2. Join the USAF as a commissioned officer. Step 3. Complete the USAF Aerospace Medicine & Aircrew training requirements.     Below is an […]

Elon & his baby

Want to work for Elon Musk?

As Space X continues to expand into human space exploration so does their need for experts in space medicine & physiology. Become Space X’s next Flight Surgeon Anil Menon has been the lone flight surgeon employed by Space X since 2018. He has been intimately involved with the creation and […]

COVID-19 Vaccine

Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

I received my second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a little over a week ago. That’s great news for me as it means I’m essentially immune to the deadly virus that has been crushing the health, finances, and overall well-being of our entire planet for almost a year. Aside […]

Important Dates: FAA Certificate Extensions for COVID19

Important Dates: FAA Certificate Extensions for COVID19

Some important dates are approaching and both pilots and AME’s need to be aware. Due to the COVID19 pandemic and challenges accessing medical care, the FAA has modified the standard medical certification process. Within the larger FAA COVID-related regulatory relief policy, there exists a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR 118-1) that […]

Flattening the Curve Revisited

Flattening the Curve Revisited

Should all businesses reopen immediately if local healthcare facilities are not overwhelmed? Definitely. No way. Maybe? Hmm…I dunno.     On one hand (likely the right one), it makes sense that healthcare systems should be optimized to work near capacity during a pandemic. However, due to COVID concerns and stay-at-home […]

CoV-19: Frighteningly beautiful

FAA Medical Certification during COVID19 Pandemic

In light of the recent Coronavirus Pandemic, the FAA has permitted airmen to continue flying with expired medical certificates thru 30 June 2020. This ONLY applies to airmen who were current as of 1 Mar 2020. And if an airman experiences symptoms of a new medical condition, they must still […]