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Aeromedical AdvancesThe January/February 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aerospace medicine. Articles cover key issues that affect medical certification for pilots, discuss the pilot's role in this process, and explain the FAA's responsibilities.

Among the articles in this medically-themed issue include:

  • understanding what your medical can (and can’t) do for you, (pg 14)
  • how to fast track your medical certificate with FAA’s online MedXPress system, (pg 20)
  • what pilots should know about refractive eye surgery, (pg 24)
  • and how the FAA evaluates drugs for aeromedical use, (pg 28)

There’s also a special two-page pullout infographic (pgs 18-19) that details the medical certification process.

The issue’s Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons department (pg 31) helps mechanics understand the risks of self-medicating, while Vertically Speaking (pg 34) looks at the effects of fatigue on rotorcraft pilots.

The link to the online edition is:http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/.