Aerospace Medicine and You


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General Aviation Joint Steering Committee

CFIT Working Group

Outreach Guidance Document



This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC).  It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts.  Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.


Outreach Month:  October 2022


Topic:  Aerospace Medicine and You

The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign emphasizing the dangers associated with operations with a medicial deficiency or while impaired.



GAJSC study of General Aviation Loss of Control Accidents show that a significant number of pilots in those accidents were operating with a known medical deficiency and/or impaired.


Teaching Points:

  • FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine provides medical certification guidance and medical information to pilots.
  • BasicMed – an alternative to traditional pilot medical certification is available to most pilots who are not engaged in flying for compensation or hire.
  • The effects of commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs can comprise pilot’s ability to fly safely.
  • Pilots must consider the effects of combinations of drugs. This is difficult to do without consulting a physician.
  • AMEs are the best source for the effects of drugs and combinations of drugs.
  • Pilots must disclose all of their medical issues to their AMEs in order to receive a comprehensive assessment of their medical condition and fitness to fly.