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What Are An Airman's Options After The FAA Denies A Medical Application Based Upon A Disqualifying Condition?

by Greg Reigel 30. September 2013 15:44
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When an airman is denied a medical based upon an admitted disqualifying condition, an appeal will, in almost all cases, be unsuccessful. In that situation, the airman has the burden of proving that the airman is qualified to hold a medical certificate. That's a tough thing to accomplish if the airman has already admitted that he or she has a disqualifying condition.

If an airman is denied based upon a disqualifying condition, but the airman believes he or she is otherwise qualified, the airman should request that the FAA grant a special issuance medical certificate. A special issuance is a medical certificate that has limitations and/or conditions with which the airman must comply in order for the certificate to be valid. The conditions/limitations will often include regular testing or evaluation, test results within acceptable ranges, no changes in medication etc.

If the FAA refuses to grant an airman's request for a special issuance, the airman may appeal that denial to the NTSB. However, since the Board defers to the FAA's discretion in denying a special issuance, the only way to be successful is to show that the FAA's denial is arbitrary or capricious. For example, if a denied airman can prove that the FAA has granted a special issuance in circumstances that are very similar to or identical with those of the airman, then an ALJ may be convinced that the FAA's denial in the airman's case is arbitrary or capricious. As a practical matter, however, this can be a very difficult task.

If you have a medical condition that may disqualify you from obtaining a medical certificate, get help before you apply for your medical certificate. Talk to an aviation attorney or the medical certification professionals at AOPA or NBAA. By taking a pro-active approach and getting help, you will be able to "pick your battles" wisely to maximize your chances of successfully obtaining a medical certificate.

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Exhibitor record at leading exhibition for the airport industry

by GlobalAir.com 26. September 2013 15:50
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inter airport Europe 2013 will open its doors from October 8 – 11, 2013 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. For this year’s show, exhibition organizers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, announce a record number of exhibitors and a record floor space. More than 630 exhibitors from 37 countries will present their innovations at the 19th International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services. The exhibition range covers all areas of airport planning, design and operation. Solutions for aircraft, passenger and cargo handling, security, airport IT, architectural components as well as Ground Support Equipment will be on display.

“A 10% increase in floor space and 4% more exhibitors compared with the previous exhibition reflect the general recovery of the airport industry. While passenger numbers in growth regions such as Asia have continuously increased over the past two years, passenger figures in Europe have remained static for quite a long time. Now the forecasts predict that the economic situation for the European airport industry will pick up again. Furthermore, the worldwide cargo market is currently also showing first signs of recovery“, says Nicola Hamann, Show Director inter airport Europe, on behalf of the organizers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

Innovations for all areas of the airport

inter airport Europe, the leading exhibition for the international airport industry, is considered an important barometer for the economic situation of the industry branch as well as for technical innovations. Once again, the exhibitors will showcase new and enhanced products and services to improve the handling processes at airports and make airports more secure, more efficient and more environmental-friendly. From energy-efficient baggage handling solutions to high-speed explosives detection systems and environment-friendly de-icing equipment, there will be a wide range of innovations on display. Visitors can look forward to a large number of live demonstrations and expert exchange about the advantages of new and enhanced products.

Four exhibiting companies will receive the inter airport Europe Innovation Award for their technical advancements. During the official Opening and Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 8 October 2013, at 11 a.m., in the entrance area of the exhibition, prizes will be awarded in the four exhibition categories interRAMP (ground support equipment), interTERMINAL (technical terminal installations and services), interDATA (specialized hard and software) and interDESIGN (architecture and furnishings). Award winners have been selected by an international panel of industry experts.

Visitor Information

The exhibition website features extensive information about the exhibition and its exhibitors. The online show planner is a useful tool for visitors to plan their visit to the show. The online show preview includes profiles and product descriptions of hundreds of exhibiting companies. A personalized show preview can be created by choosing the relevant exhibition categories.

Smartphone users are able to access the official app for inter airport Europe 2013 from www.iae2go.com. The up-to-date exhibitor list, the conference program and the Show Daily can be accessed here as well.

Travel, opening hours, entrance tickets

inter airport Europe 2013 will take place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, occupying halls B5 and B6, directly linked with the spacious outdoor area for the presentation of large-scale exhibits such as de-icers, push-back tractors, snow sweepers and fire fighting vehicles. Entrance to the show will be entrance Ost (East) of Munich Trade Fair Centre.

The venue is easily accessible by air, road and public transport. Shuttle buses will be running from Munich International Airport at regular short intervals throughout the day.

inter airport Europe 2013 will be open from Tuesday, 8 October 2013, to Thursday, 10 October 2013, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Friday, 11 October 2013, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Entrance tickets are available at a favorable price via the online ticket shop on inter airport Europe website. Price for a day ticket via the online ticket shop is € 37; for a season ticket € 57; the on-site price of a day ticket is € 47; for a season ticket € 67.

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Nellie and Abe, and the Grace They Provide

by Ray Robinson 25. September 2013 17:03
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On September 21, I dropped by the Grace on Wings Family Aviation Festival and Hog Roast at the Indianapolis International Airport. Coming from the south end of the airport (which is mostly under construction and fenced off), I begin to wonder if I was lost – soon there were signs that guided me in. I found a hangar full of life and activity!

Bidders gather for the final moments of the silent auction.

The star attraction of the day seemed to be the Silent Auction. Tables and tables full of items up for grabs! Most of the hangar was filled with patrons of the hog roast – picnic tables with pulled pork and all the trim. The can’t miss vendor table near the entrance was packed with figurines of all sizes carved from olive wood grown in Bethlehem. Plus bouncy castles for the kids in the background let you know this truly was for the whole family.

The festival was to raise funds for Grace on Wings, the nation’s only charity air ambulance service. I spoke with Hal Blank, CEO and Chief Pilot, about this festival; with a turnout of over 1,100 over the course of the day, he was very pleased. “We always pray to at least break even. We’ve been doing this for seven years, and this event was one of our best! We served over 600 meals (at $10/adult, $5/child), plus the silent auction was huge. We also gave 71 free flights to kids as part of EAA Young Eagles program. But the largest success is always getting the word out about ourselves and telling about the opportunities we've had to be able to help families in need. In fact, many of our patients were there to celebrate with us Saturday!”

This little piggie was pretty much decimated by the crowd!

Grace on Wings was inspired by the need of two young Indianapolis girls who suffered from a genetic bone disorder that required regular visits to a Baltimore specialist -- more than 11 hours away by car. With the support of charitable funding, they provide transport to patients who are needing to go long distances for important treatment throughout the United States. Their two air ambulances, “Nellie” and “Abe”, two customized Mitsubishi MU-2B Turboprops, were on hand outside the hangar for all to see. Both are equipped with oxygen, oxygen saturation monitors, portable ventilator, cardiac monitors, baby pods, defibrillators and more.

Blank shared the stories behind each aircraft’s name. “Nellie is named after Nell Wood, a missionary nurse who travelled the world. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and they funded the original $10,000 seed money for Grace on Wings to purchase the aircraft, so it was named in her honor.”

”Nellie” sitting outside the hanger for all to see.

“When Nellie needed to undergo routine maintenance, we needed to purchase a second aircraft since she was going to unable to make runs during that time. We went to Farmer’s Bank (who financed the purchase of Nellie) for additional funds, and they stepped up for us again. Since the registration of this one was 777LP, we took the LP to mean the “Lord’s Promise”, so Abraham was the obvious choice. Abe served five families while Nellie was down.”

How a patient would be transported in “Abe” .

Blank also explained that with the two different models come different advantages. “Nellie is a J-model, which sits lower to the ground. So loading is easier – we can use a 400-pound loading system with her. Abe, the 36A-model, is the best choice for long distance flights.

For more information on Grace on Wings and the services they provide, plus how you can participate, check them out here

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A Feast for the Eyes: EAA Sport Aviation Weekend, Part 2

by Ray Robinson 18. September 2013 09:42
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This is a continuation of my article on the 39th annual Kentucky EAA Sport Aviation Weekend. To see Part 1, click here.

We moved over to a beautiful little Cessna 172L Skyhawk, and chatted with its owner Keith Mountain. Keith, a native Australian, stateside for 35 years now, still has a strong hint of an accent that sets him apart from the Kentucky twangers (like myself at times). He explained that he has owned this Skyhawk for about three years – he sought it out for the 180hp constant speed prop conversion, plus the fact that both windows open. The latter was important for him since he does a lot of aerial photography.

Keith grew up with flying, as the farms where he worked frequently used cropdusters in the fields. When we joined the Australian army, he worked with C130s, Bell 212s and Caribous. He got all his ratings 25 years ago when he was considering a career in aviation.

Finally, we chatted with Jerry Depew from Knoxville, and his son Jeremy Hunt. They flew in with their Bonanza 35 C-model V-tail – Jerry joked that they were both “built in the same year – 1951”. His Bonanza still has the original 185/205 hp engine, and has only replaced the glass and cylinders – other than a major overhaul, it’s a stock airplane. He’s owned it the same amount of time he’s been married – 17 years. “I asked her permission and she waivered. I thought about it, but kept her anyway!”

When I asked about what got him interested in flying, it was a family affair for him as well. “My father had an airplane, so when I was first flying I couldn’t see out of the windows! I could only see the ground when he turned left base or left for final.”

Jerry also shared how he got his first job in aviation. “I just got my driver’s license – since I loved aviation, my first drive was to the airport. The pilots that hung out there asked if I was there to apply for the job. ‘What job?’ was my reply. They needed a lineman, and I asked what they do. So I spoke with the man in charge and got the job. I wound up endorsing my paychecks over to a flight instructor and got my license that year.”

Jerry, the editor of the Knoxville EAA newletter, also enjoys collecting aviation stories like me, and shared a gem he heard from Peter Koza in Louisville. “Flying is NOT expensive. The cost of therapy and anti-depressants ARE expensive! Besides, if you take anti-depressants, you have no medical to fly, no libido, no sex, and then you are REALLY depressed!”

Enjoy these additional photos from the 39th annual Kentucky EAA Sport Aviation Weekend!

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A Feast for the Eyes: EAA Sport Aviation Weekend, Part 1

by Ray Robinson 17. September 2013 11:59
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The weather was perfect this weekend for a countryside drive from Louisville to the Falls of Rough. There, at Rough River State Park’s airport (2I3) was the 39th annual Kentucky EAA Sport Aviation Weekend, where pilots and aviation enthusiasts from Kentucky and surrounding areas to get together for the weekend. Activities, beyond the typical aircraft sightseeing and meeting old friends (or making new ones), included a poker run, spot landing contest, a Friday night hospitality room, and a Saturday evening banquet.

When my wife and I arrived, the poker run was underway, so many pilots were in the air. But there was still about 30 aircraft of many varieties hanging around, with their pilots grabbing from brats, burgers and potato salad, and sharing their experiences. We wondered around, snapping photos and talking to a few until the batteries on my camera faded away.

Nathan Robertson was minding his parent’s 1950 Cessna 195 when I wondered over – they were off chatting with some friends. His wife was changing their baby’s diaper in the back seat, which made me wonder if a car seat in an aircraft is still called a “carseat”.

While his parents, Phillip and Tia, are career commercial pilots, Nathan only recently got his license. “Growing up around aviation, I took it for granted – if I wanted to go flying, I’d just ask them to take me up. When my friends wanted to go flying, and mentioned that they wanted to be adopted by my parents so they could be taken up like that, I began to realize this was something I wanted as well. I got my license in January, plan to get all my ratings, and possibly make a career out of it myself.”

We also discussed the difficulty the younger generation faces when pursuing their licenses – Nathan had an approach to consider to fast-track it. “Get books and DVDs, study and get the written exam out of the way first. That way you can just do 20-25 hours flying to save expenses. Most people, like myself, focus on flying first because it’s more fun, but that can stretch out your training time and cost. However, if you decide to make a career out of it, in the grand scheme of things it’s really not that expensive!”

Part 2 of this article can be found here. In the meantime, enjoy these additional photos!

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