One of the ocular illnesses that comes with age is cataracts --
a buildup of protein in the eye which interferes with vision. The
FAA has just made a lot of aging pilots safer by approving the
latest surgical therapy for the disease. While they were at it, the
crew at FAA Aeromedical in Oklahoma City also approved the popular
multi-focal contact lenses, which is good news for a lot of pilots
on the dark side of 40.
Ah, winter. Flight cancellations, slippery conditions, your
fingers freezing to Dzus fasteners or feeling the blast of
13-degree avgas when you drain fuel. Throw in "three foot high snow
banks" (says my ATIS), and ground icing. Not to mention conditions
very, very conducive to in-flight icing. Which brings us to the
matter at hand. How much do you know about icing? Is it enough?