Ted Schaar freelance business writer


Excerpt from an article for
Alumni News, a publication of the
Medical College of Wisconsin


More than 87,000 aircraft are in the skies above America every day, including 28,000 commercial airliners and 27,000 private planes.

Despite this huge number, disasters are rare, thanks in part to four Medical College alumni counted among the ranks of Federal Aviation Administration -certified aviation medical examiners (AMEs) who help determine whether pilots are healthy enough to perform safely.

Semi-retired general surgeon Roy V. Yeazel, MD '61, of Madison, Wis., said he definitely feels a special responsibility when performing FAA-required flight physicals.  "The reports I submit have lots of boxes," he said, "but none asks, 'Would you let your 10-year-old grandson fly with this pilot.  Nevertheless, that's the one I always think about."

Dr. Yeazel became an AME in the early 1970s after earning a pilot license himself.  "We bought a Cessna 172, named it 'George,' and did a lot flying, including a trip to Alaska," he said.  "It made sense to expand my practice to include pilot certifications."

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