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Medications and Flying:

You don't feel 100% and a non-pilot, offers you a common cold pill. Should you take the medication?

Just like any other decision (equipment, weather, etc.) that you must make when you fly, you should know all the facts before you answer this question. Read this FAA brochure to understand what you should take into account before you make the go/no-go decision.  Includes table of common side-effects of frequently used medications.


Other FAA Safety Bulletins:

Alcohol and Flying: A Deadly Combination
Carbon Monoxide: A Deadly Menace
Altitude-Induced Decompression Sickness
Deep Vein Thrombosis & Travel
Hearing and Noise in Aviation
Medical Certification Questions and Answers
Medications and Flying
Physiological Training Courses for Pilots
Pilot Vision
Seat Belts & Shoulder Harnesses
Spatial Disorientation: Visual Illusions
Spatial Disorientation: Why You Shouldn't Fly By the Seat of Your Pants
Sunglasses for Pilots: Beyond the Image

What to do with a Private Pilot Licensee:

Many pilots seem to be at a loss for what to do and where to go after they get that slip of paper that sets them free to explore the skies and their world. 

This article suggests ideas that will get you in the pilot seat more often and bring more enjoyment to the flights and flight planning.

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Don't get Intercepted:

With TFRs becoming more and more common, the FAA wanting to expand their use and violations making the news, you should become familiar with how to avoid and respond. Would you know what to do if intercepted? AOPA offers great complementary courses to keep you up to date in today's ever increasingly difficult airspace.

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Weather to Fly

The aviation weather reporting system can be confusing.  This article from the FAA gives tips on How to Obtain a Good Weather Briefing.  To it I add, my advice:

  • If you are calling for a weather briefing, back that up by using the Duats site. It is easier for me to look at a report in writing than to hear a briefer ramble on about it. Check weather online first and then you can ask your briefer for trends and clarification on the phone rather than trying to get everything from them. 
  • Learning WX codes can be difficult.  Duats will give you long text and WX codes if you specify – so use both for learning. You can also download a short training pamphlet that covers the codes HERE.  A more thorough guide comes with our Airplane Pilot Training Kit and many of the other kits.  
  • My best advice is that it gets easier with time so keep working on it.  Eventually, codes will become faster and easier than reading long text description of conditions.




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