Welcome to the Pilot Protection Services Podcast, where AOPA’s legal and medical certification staff and leading industry voices take on the challenges and developments that all pilots deal with, from staying out of trouble with the FAA, to becoming a better pilot, and staying healthy so you can stay in the left seat longer.
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Being human means making mistakes - even for pilots. Let’s see how real experts try to figure out when errors will happen and see how predictions of the future will further help us become safer pilots. Articles referenced: Read Ken Stahl’s...
In order to understand our own error patterns, we have to acknowledge our tendencies, and that is the first step to develop safer attitudes and behaviors. A big part of safe flying and decision making is understanding the difference between our...
11 The Heart of the Matter
Today we're talking all things cardiac - the heartbeat of the aviator. One of the most frequent topic of calls into the Pilot Information Center's medical team is cardiovascular health because as we all know, it's hard to fly without a heart. ...
10 Aging Out
Dr. Jonathan Sackier and Gary Crump return with the next episode of the Pilot Protection Services podcast, tackling the topic of ageism in aviation. With humans living and staying healthier for longer, pilots are comfortably taking advantage of the...
09 Help Your AME, Help Yourself
Pilots tend to fear their medicals simply because they value their ability to fly so intensely - and rightfully so. Much can be done prior to the medical to alleviate this fear and smooth the process for the AME (Aviation Medical Examiner)...
08 Flying to Help Others: Keeping it Legal
This week, we catch up with panel attorney Rick Durden on a topic we often hear about after natural disasters - flying to help others, and - importantly - how to do it legally. Show Notes: Rick Durden: Mr. Durden has been...
07 The Air That I Breathe
Dr. Jonathan Sackier and Gary Crump are back for the fourth Fly Well episode of the Pilot Protection Services podcast, this one inspired by a song many of you may remember - but don't worry, there's no singing involved. Gary Crump Gary is...
06 Pressure Situations
Dr. Jonathan Sackier and Gary Crump are back for the third Fly Well episode of the Pilot Protection Services podcast. Ear, nose, and throat issues can arise in pressured situations – which can be an issue for aviators, and can be difficult from an...
05 Bandit 650
This week, we bring you the story of Doug Downey, retired USAF Lt Col and Academy grad who flew as a fighter pilot in the F-16 Viper and the F-117 Nighthawk. Doug survived a near disaster in the F-117 that could have ended in a horrific...
03 Accident or Incident?
It’s one of the most common questions that AOPA Legal Services Plan (LSP) attorneys get from members after a mishap… “what’s the difference between an aircraft accident and an incident? And what, if anything, do I need to report to the...
04 Mental Illness and Pilots
Dr. Jonathan Sackier and Gary Crump are back for the second Fly Well episode of the Pilot Protection Services podcast. We catch up with Jonathan on the road to discuss something very prevalent in our society today: mental illness and suicide. These...
02 Heads or Tails
The first Fly Well episode of the Pilot Protection Services podcast, hosted by Dr. Jonathan Sackier and featuring AOPA's Director of Medical Certification, Gary Crump, brings to light a few medical issues that can plague pilots, but are rarely talked...
01 Lone Ranger vs. the Rogue Drone
The first episode of the Pilot Protection Services podcast, hosted by Chad Mayer, starts off with a recap of some recent UAS regulatory updates, including the new requirement that went into effect on February 23rd to display the FAA registration...