Ian Blair Fries, M.D. an orthopedic surgeon and a Senior FAA HIMS Aviation Medical Examiner practices in Vero Beach, Florida and Brick, New Jersey. He is an M.R.O. and S.A.P. His aviation practice focuses on complex Special Issuances, particularly assisting pilots with alcohol and substance problems recover and return to the cockpit.
He learned to fly while serving in the United States Air Force and became a Flight Surgeon. He has more than 6,000 hours as pilot-in-command and currently flies a Daher TBM 900. He holds ATP, CFII, and Learjet type ratings.
An aviation writer, frequent aviation speaker and consultant for several aircraft and avionics companies, he is a member of the FAA/ALPA HIMS Advisory Board, he serves on the AOPA Board of Advisors, is a medical advisor to the AOPA, an Aviation Medical Consultant for Teamsters Airline Division, and board member of the Flying Musicians Association. He teaches AMEs at the HIMS Basic and Advanced Training courses. He trains pilots concerning hypoxia and the use of oxygen and pressurization equipment.