Fat to Fly

Fat to Fly not Fit to Fly?

Changing US Regulations Requiring Evaluation of Body Mass Index

In early 2013, the FAA published a letter in its Federal Air Surgeon’s Medical Bulletin that it would be requiring sleep apnea testing for pilots with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40.  Your BMI is a calculation of a ratio of your weight to your height and is a numeric indicator of obesity.  In that same letter, there was a passing reference that the BMI line would be gradually reduced until “we have identified and assured treatment for every airman with OSA.”

According to WebMD “[m]ore than half of […]

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