5/08 Coast Guard Grounds Some Search-and-Rescue Helicopters As It Struggles to Find Spare Parts - HERE     5/6 Robinson Helicopter Logs 13,000th Delivery - HERE    5/03 Senate Confirms Bill Nelson As NASA Administrator - HERE    5/02 EAA Breaks Ground on Educational Center - Here    4/27 - KWHP Airport Commission Mtg 4/28 - see details in EVENTS    4/27 SpaceX strikes deal with Port of Long Beach - HERE    4/21 NEW DRONE RULES - EFFECTIVE TODAY - SEE INFO W Page 3    4/19 Johnson and Johnson Vaccine FAA Update - HERE    4/19 Fiscally Flexible SpaceX Wins Lunar Lander Contract -HERE     4/18 WWII-era plane in Florida air show makes splash landing in ocean - HERE    4/18 NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity’s first official flight rescheduled for early Monday -HERE-    4/16 Saint Vincent Volcano Continues To Wreak Havoc -HERE -    4/14 Overprepare for a Canada Trip - HERE    4/12 Recurrent Training Courses for Drone Pilots Available Online - HERE    4/12 Biden Boosts Supersonic Travel - HERE    4/11 SpaceX SN11 Failure Found, Next Test Vehicle Readied - HERE    4/4 Continued VIP MOVEMENT in LA Area - See Info on EVENTS Page    4/04 AOPA SEEKS TO HAVE GLIDER PILOTS SQUAWK 1202 FOR ALL VFR OPS - HERE    3/29 Quieter Airplanes Creating Far More Noise Complaints - HERE    3/28 Aviation Coalition Opposed to Stringent NYC Helicopter Rule Changes - HERE    3/24 NTSB Recommends Tighter Surveillance, Oversight of Revenue Part 91 Flights - HERE    3/21 FAA: Laser Strikes Against Airplanes Shot Up Alarmingly In 2020 - HERE    3/17 FAA Announces New Effective Dates For Drone Rules - HERE    3/13 ONT - temporary cease in contraflow flight times - HERE    3/13 Expect VIP movement March 15-16, 2021 - LA AREA - CHECK NOTAMS    3/8 NBAA, AOPA Call Upon Agencies to Mitigate Impact of Intentional GPS Interference - HERE     3/8 American Express Ventures Invests In Boom Supersonic - HERE     3/07 JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE APPROVED FOR PILOTS, CONTROLLERS - HERE    3/7 Bizav Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Prep for Post-pandemic - HERE    2/27 One LAX Arrival Runway To Temporarily Close For $17.3 Million Overhaul - HERE    2/23 REMINDER: VFR CHARTS TO GO ON 56-DAY CYCLE STARTING 2/25 - HERE    2/22 FAA Completes SpaceX Investigation, Launch May Happen Monday - HERE    2/21 Plane Crashes Into Big Rig In San Pedro, Killing 1    2/20 Make Your Voice Heard: Take FAA’s Newest GA and Part 135 Survey - Read    2/14 Joby Agrees to eVTOL Certification Requirements with FAA - Here    2/7 FAA NOT EXTENDING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SFARS - HERE    2/06 Congresswoman Julia Brownley Introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act - HERE    2/03 Pete Buttigieg Confirmed as DOT Sec - HERE     1/30 FAA Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for Violating Regulations - HERE    1/26 NBAA Welcomes Dr. Susan Northrup as New FAA Federal Air Surgeon - HERE     1/22 FCC NUDGES LIGADO PLAN FORWARD - ROSENWORCEL NAMED ACTING FCC CHAIRWOMAN - HERE    1/20 New Piper Wing Spar AD Affects 5,400 Aircraft - HERE    1/19 Volocopter Moves To Enter U.S. eVTOL Air Taxi Market - HERE    1/16 AVIATION GROUPS PRESS FOR THIRD EXTENSION OF PANDEMIC SFAR - HERE    1/9 DEFENSE BILL HOOKS LIGADO FOR COSTS FROM GPS JAMMING - HERE    1/04 Air Methods: 'No Surprises' Law Details Raise Concerns - HERE

Welcome to AMEPilot, a new feature of SCAUWG.ORG presented by Aviation Medical Examiner - Gregory J. Hanker, M.D. – Dr. Hanker is an orthopedic surgeon practicing at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys.

AMEPilot logo first edition spring 2019

Dr. Hanker’s primary goal as an Aviation Medical Examiner and the author of AMEPilot is to assist the local aviation community in obtaining their medical certification, especially complex cases where FAA special authorization may be necessary.
AMEPilot is a quarterly authored contribution written exclusively for SCAUWG.ORG.

The FIRST EDITION - SPRING - addresses the behind the scenes, rarely known items about how to prepare for and what YOU CAN DO to make your Medical proceed easy and fast!  Underlying medical issues can be addressed successfully.  When properly prepared and with the proper documentation, only a very small percentage of applications for a medical certificate are denied.  Dr. Hanker details how you can mobilize your application for success within the best possible timeframe.  The editions that follow continue to provide you with the important data that will help you facilitate your medical application as well as stay in the best possible health and professionally prepare for safe flight.


  • NEWSWORTHY NOTE From AOPA:  03/29/2021   AME GUIDANCE RELEASED FOR PILOTS WHO HAVE HAD COVID-19 - INFORMATION - From AOPA - "The FAA on March 26 released much-anticipated guidance to aviation medical examiners about how to handle medical certificate applications from pilots and air traffic control specialists who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19." Review it HERE.


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Dr. Gregory J Hanker M.D., AME author of AMEPilot

Aviation Medical Examiner Gregory J. Hanker, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon practicing at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys. Tel.  (818) 901-6600

Dr. Hanker is a former USAF transport pilot who flew the C-9A Nightingale on aero- medical evacuation missions in Europe; an Ohio USAF Reservist flying the C-123 Provider while attending medical school;
and currently a general aviation pilot flying out of Van Nuys Airport.

Dr. Hanker’s primary goal as an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is to assist the local aviation community in obtaining their medical certification, especially complex cases where FAA special authorization may be necessary.