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Pilots and Medications
The Effect of Medications, When Taken Without Consulting an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, on a Pilot's Ability to Fly Safely.
Date and Time:
Friday, October 15, 2021, starting at 18:30 Mountain Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Dr. Letitia Archuleta, Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner
Brief Description:

Several studies published by the FAA Toxicology Laboratory on toxicology samples of deceased pilots indicated the presence of illicit drugs, and prescription or over-the-counter medications in 42% of subjects tested. While NTSB and FAA have not necessarily cited drug or medication use as a causal factor in these accidents; the magnitude of these findings poses two questions. Have the drugs found in recent investigations diminished a pilot's ability to safely conduct flight operations? Have the medical conditions requiring the use of those drugs compromised a pilot's ability to fly safely? It may be impossible to say after the fact to what extent a drug compromised a pilot’s capability but it’s safe to say that a consultation with one’s Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is a good idea before flying while using any drug.

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Location of Seminar:
Headquarters Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol
640 North 2360 West

Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Directions to Venue:

Enter through the Civil Air Patrol building and proceed to the upstairs classroom

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40 seats at the facility, 0 remaining for online registration.
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Contact Information:
Phone: (801) 660-5225
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Thank you to the Civil Air Patrol Utah Wing and Salt Lake Senior Squadron for the use of their facility.

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Credit Applicability:
½ Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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