FAA Makes Medical Certification Rule Mandating Sleep Apnoea Testing

aeroplaneSince last year the Federal Aviation Administration has mandated that all pilots who apply for medical certificates should have their body mass index (BMI) calculated. Those with a BMI of more than 40 will have to go through a mandatory sleep study. The objective of the medical checks is to ensure pilots do not suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea. The sleep study is to be undertaken by a board certified sleep specialist.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and other aviation organizations have strongly objected to this arbitrary move by the FAA medical office. Their arguments against the FAA are based on the fact that no aircraft accident has been attributed to obstructive sleep apnoea.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.