Lose It or Lose It.

  • Nov 19, 2013 7:47pm GMT

Your FAA medical that is...

The FAA's air surgeon announced increased scrutiny for pilots that are overweight during their physical exams. If you have a 17 inch neck or calculated Body Mass Index of greater than 40, you will be subject to a sleep apnea study to continue flying commercially.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a HUGE deal. Take a look around and the sheer number of pilots that will be subject to the additional tests is pretty high. I predict some lost work days in the future. I also predict a faster track to Captain for me, which is a good thing, right?

Physical fitness is an important part of mental acuity and overall safety during operations. I've seen plenty of Captains and First Officers that wouldn't stand a chance getting out the cockpit windows in the event of an emergency.... Truly shocking levels of obesity.

I welcome the stringent changes. The threat of a cardiac arrest at altitude is too great to turn a blind eye towards. In fact, some of the recent pilot deaths at altitude were due to overweight or obese Captains at the controls. Everyone's safety is in jeopardy.

If you are offended, push yourself away from the food trough, eat a plant-based diet, avoid company catering and use the hotel gym for once.