The FAA denied 75 first-class medicals in 1997, according to Warren Silverman, M.D., manager of the Aeromedical Certification Division of the FAA in Oklahoma City. That represents less than one percent of the 185,894 first-class medical applications received that year. But it represents the loss of livelihood for those 75 individuals. The statistics also don't tell the story of those pilots snatched from the jaws of rejection or jeopardy due to a special issuance of a medical certificate ...


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