A recent study by the Federal Aviation Administration showed that over-the-counter medications played a roll in 12% of the fatal general aviation crashes during the past 10 years. A letter from the FAA urges GA pilots to pay careful attention to the possible side effects of any medication and suggests waiting as long as five times beyond the recommended dosing interval before climbing into the seat. "It's important for pilots to understand that any medication that they take may have some kind of effect," said Bruce Landsberg, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation.

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