In January, Dr. Susan Northrup was appointed as federal air surgeon at the FAA, where she oversees the agency’s medical initiatives and aeromedical education programs. Today, she speaks with NBAA’s Doug Carr about a host of topics, including the agency’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the agency is working on several initiatives to address long-term pilot fitness challenges. “We were a critical part of the nation’s response to keeping the national airspace up and running in four major areas,” she notes. “There’s (1) the air traffic organization response, (2) extending air and medical certifications, (3) approving vaccinations for use by airmen and (4) the national and international aviation recovery guidance and proposals.”
This episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan” features:
Doug Carr, NBAA senior vice president, safety, security, sustainability and international operations
Dr. Susan Northrup, U.S. federal air surgeon, Federal Aviation Administration
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