The Blue Sky Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

I am moving. I have decided to take a big step and move closer to more pilots. Effective Oct 1 2020, I will office at 5070 S Collins St  Suite #208. This is in the Harrison Aviation Building at Arlington Municipal Airport - KGKY

I am still a one man shop. Please use the online scheduler.

Questions? Call me 2146936075

Reminder- You are grounded for 48 hours after receiving a CV-19 vaccine. 

Our Latest Blog Entry 1/05/2019

Cognitive decline and the Aging Pilot

  This is a very complicated issue. Its very hard for AMEs to assess this during a single visit. An excellent article on the subject can be found at

Some points to consider

- Its a serious problem as very few pilots self report any cognitive decline

- Most Cognitive decline is gradual and insidious

-Some older pilots with mild decline can adapt and use their vast flying experience to survive in routine conditions. However rapid problem solving in a stressful environment will be compromised.

-Please consider the following 

  -Talk privately with your physician. There may be a treatable cause making you look old!(sleep apnea, hearing loss, vision issues)

   -Get plenty of sleep

   -Raise your personal minimums

   -Consider giving up flying at night

   -Practice emergency procedures more often. Always use a checklist.

   -Fly with a partner. Yes, Get a copilot!

Stay Healthy in 2019.  Blue Sky!

Drew Sambell MD AME

10/7/18 Flu season and the pilot   

I encourage you to talk to your Dr. about the benefits and risks of the flu shot. Personally, I get the flu shot every year. I also believe in vaccinating my kids. So, I am pro- vaccines.

As a pilot, be aware you can have mild arm soreness for 1-2 days after the vaccine. Also, a low-grade fever is possible. You can’t get the flu from the vaccine! There is no official grounding period from the FAA. However, if you are a professional pilot, I would use personal judgement on receiving a vaccine and leaving on a working trip within 24 hours. The vaccine takes 2 weeks to stimulate your immune system and grow antibody’s. That’s why October is a big month for promoting the vaccine. Flu season can start early in November. Some of you travel all around the country and sit near sick people. I suspect most of you would benefit from the flu vaccination.

For more info the CDC has a great website at

As always, call me for your questions

Stay Healthy.

Blue Sky!

August 12, 2018

 The Approach to  65

Are you turning 65 soon?. That usually means you will sign up for medicare insurance. Its complicated but a pretty good source for information is available at However, please pay attention to this "NOTAM"

A significant number of primary care physicians wont accept new medicare patients. However most of them will keep you as a patient when you switch to medicare. So before you approach 65, get established with a good primary care doctor and you will have far less trouble finding a doctor who takes medicare.

Stay Healthy. 

Blue Sky!

Drew Sambell MD AME