FAA delays sleep apnea policy
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Monday, December 23, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration will delay the implementation of a new obstructive sleep apnea policy, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reported Dec. 19. According to the AOPA, the FAA will open discussions with the aviation industry to find a way to balance the concerns of all stakeholders. The policy would require airman applicants with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more to be evaluated by a board certified sleep medicine physician; anyone diagnosed with OSA would have to be treated before being medically certificated. Announcement of the policy was followed by complaints from pilots that it would result in delays and extra costs, reports the Wall Street Journal.