FAA Medical Officials On Hand

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Any pilot who has been grounded by a surprise medical condition knows the FAA's cure is sometimes worse than the disease. The complex and often ponderous special issuance process is frustrating and anything but fast. If you're facing a medical issue requiring special issuance, you might be able to fast-track your application by attending AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif. AOPA has arranged to have Dr. Warren Silberman, the FAA's chief of medical certification, and Dr. Fred Tifton, the federal air surgeon, at Expo to accept records and applications. AOPA's Chris Dancy told AVweb that they won't be able to process cases on the spot, but getting your records into the FAA work flow will fast-track your application. For more, see this podcast.