FAA to Issue New Sleep Apnea Guidance on March 2
On March 2, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will issue new medical guidance to Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs), the agency said on Friday. The new guidance will incorporate industry and Congressional feedback balanced with FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety concerns about pilots flying with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Based on feedback from industry on the FAA’s draft guidance, the new guidance does not rely on body mass index (BMI) and allows a pilot to keep flying during evaluation and treatment. The FAA plans to publish the new guidance in the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners on March 2, 2015.