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NEWS & NOTES 

MEMBER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

MEDICALLY SPEAKING |

Updates on
medical
certification
policy

Making the process easier
THE NEW FEDERAL AIR SURGEON, Dr.
Susan Northrup, and her deputy, Dr. Brett
Wyrick, are now fully engaged, and AOPA
has met virtually with them several times
since late last year. We have some common
goals to help improve the FAA medical certification system and steps are in place to
reach those objectives.
The FAA has added a group of oral
diabetes medications to the acceptable
medications for medical certification. When
a new class of diabetes medications-the
sodium glucose co-transporter inhibitors
(SGLT2)-came on the market several years
ago, they were not initially allowed for use
by pilots because of the way these drugs
perform. The medications inhibit reabsorption of glucose in the kidney in order
to lower blood sugar. During this process,
sodium is reduced, and low sodium can
result in symptoms that could adversely
impact flight safety. After study, the FAA
has now determined that they can safely be
used by pilots.
As medical certification standards and
practices have evolved, the FAA, with input

AVIATION FINANCE

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ADAM ANSWERS
BY GARY CRUMP

Pilot Protection
Services

from AOPA, created the AME-Assisted
Special Issuance (AASI), which allows
AMEs to reissue medical certificates issued
under a special issuance after the FAA had
issued the initial authorization for special
issuance. A welcome recent change affects
the AASI process for applicants who have
had a single heart valve replacement or coronary artery disease. These are significant
changes in that cardiac AASIs originally
applied only to third class special issuances.
Now, AMEs can reissue medical certificates
for Classes 1, 2, and 3 after the FAA has completed initial clearance for these cardiac
conditions. Pilots will still need to see their
cardiologists for the annual cardiovascular evaluation, however, the pilot can make
an intermediate visit to the AME, who can
review the records and issue a new timelimited certificate.
The CACI (Conditions AMEs Can
Issue) is another important tool. There are
currently 19 medical conditions covered
under the CACI protocol. These conditions
used to require a special issuance but are
now considered for " regular " medical certificate issuance at the time of examination.
When the FAA places you under a CACI, the
letter will include a link to the appropriate

B Y A DA M M E R E D I T H
P R E S I D E N T, A O PA F I N A N C E
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have any lending sources specifically
offering hangar financing. This typically falls under commercial real estate.
If the value of the aircraft is substantially greater than the purchase price,
however, there is the possibility that
our lenders could include additional
funds to put towards the hangar purchase. In this case they would finance
up to 80 to 85 percent of the total
value of the aircraft. Call us and we
will be happy to review your specific
situation.
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report from your treating physician at the
time of your regular FAA flight physical.
CACI and AASI are great tools that have
made a small dent in the medical certification bureaucracy. AOPA and the federal
air surgeon and her staff are committed to
working together to continue to move the
needle in the right direction to improve the
medical certification process.
aopa.org/pps

GARY CRUMP is the senior director of

medical certification for AOPA Pilot
Information Center.

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