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  •  The FAA is always more than cautious. (10+ / 0-)

    My last three flight physicals cost more than six thousand dollars apiece.  I had some angina twelve years ago and got treatment which was 100% successful.  In order to get my medical renewal, I had to undergo extensive treadmill testing, and also have had two highly invasive angiograms, all of which were cold normal.  I just got another letter from the FAA telling me that if I wanted to renew my medical certificate, there would be another six to eight thousand dollars worth of tests.  

    I was talking with a friend of mine last month who is a veteran of the Battle of Britain and a former test pilot. He still flies high performance aerobatic airplanes in air shows, but says he is probably not going to renew his medical this time around.  The FAA keeps wanting more and more from him in the way of tests despite the fact he is in excellent health and has never reported a health problem other than needing glasses.  This is a fellow who does not just get in an airplane, he puts it on. If he felt unsafe, he would have hung it up at that time.

    Ageism, pure and simple.

    For a long time after Tagamet (Cimetidine) came out, the FAA would not allow anyone to fly who had been prescribed Tagamet.  Tagamet is now an over the counter medication for stomach acid.  Why wouldn't the FAA allow Tagamet? Because it acted on the central nervous system in blocking excess stomach acid, and the FAA would not allow any medications that acted on the central nervous system.  

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 04:43:28 PM PDT

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