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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Resources for the AME

Note from the Federal Air Surgeon

On March 2, the FAA will issue new medical guidance on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

It is important to note that we are not changing our medical standards regarding OSA, but enhancing our screening approach to address industry, Congressional, National Transportation Safety Board, and our safety concerns about pilots flying with OSA. Your role is vital to the successful implementation of this guidance.

The triage process that AMEs are expected to perform at each pilot examination in screening applicants for OSA risk is outlined on the video located at FAA TV and YouTube and in the supplemental documents located below. Please review this information carefully. Additional OSA reference materials to assist you will also be available in the Guide for Aviation Examiners on March 2.

Thank you for supporting our aviation safety mission.

James R. Fraser, M.D., Federal Air Surgeon

OSA Supplemental documents and video

Latest AMCS Release Notes and User's Guide are available for download

February 26, 2015 - The AMCS release notes and user's guide related to changes made to AMCS to support the new guidance related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea are available for download.

AMCS Release Notes - MS Word Format (MS Word) PDF Format (PDF)

AMCS User's Guide - MS Word Format (MS Word, 3.8 MB) PDF Format (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Message about Policy Changes:

November 4, 2014 - Conditions an AME Can Issue (CACI) has been implemented for over a year. Many AME's still are not making the appropriate comments in block #60 per the guidance located on the individual CACI Certificate Worksheets. These comments are MANDATORY and not optional. Error codes will be placed on each airman that does not have the MANDATORY comment in block #60. Please refer to the online AME guide and the CACI Certification Worksheets for the appropriate comments for block #60. If the correct wording is not placed in the comments box of item 60, we have no way of knowing you followed the worksheet correctly. The airman may receive a letter asking for the information again and you as an AME will receive an error on your performance.