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Certification | Remember this!
Talk with pilots and usually the last thing on their mind is losing their medical certification. Yet virtually every pilot who wants to continue to fly will face an issue which will affect their medical. Remember this article when, it happens to you.
Most of us remember a time we got "behind"
the airplane. On my first cross country I discovered how easy it is. Poor planning was
the culprit. Between Los Angeles and Palomar Field in San Diego I chose a storage tanks
for a check point... bad choice! There are hundreds of tanks among the somewhat
confusing borders of Class B Airspace, Military Restricted Areas, and Mexico! Needless to
say, it affected my confidence.
Poor planning is also the fastest way to being grounded. You must plan ahead for your medical to assure its security.
You can plan a successful FAA medical exam! Receiving advice prior to medical certificate applications is both legal and free.
Pilot Medical Solutions
advice to pilots free of charge. Having the benefit of a case manager to retrieve,
review, organize, and submit medical records required by the FAA is an additional service,
Could it really happen to you?
Almost 50% of the applications for a medical certificate are rejected because of medical or clerical problems. Several thousand denial letters are sent each year, and thousands of pilots require Special Issuance medical certificates.
AMEs often discover issues which require extensive documentation and which pilots are not prepared for. Basic pre-certification preparation could have spared many of these folks from the frustration denial and lengthy grounding periods.
Getting pre-certification advice and gathering documentation to substantiate your fitness to fly assures that valuable time once lost to deferred or denied applications is minimized rather than commonplace.
Any government office is an easy target for criticism. However, be advised that like many of us, FAA aeromedical managers are just trying to do their job with limited manpower.
FAA standards are quite liberal when compared to other nations. If you want to make a non-pilot friend nervous, tell him there are Insulin Dependant Diabetic pilots right now in the sky above them taking their blood sugars.
Federal Air Surgeon, Doctor Jon Jordan, and Certification Manager, Doctor Warren Silberman, go to great lengths to grant exceptions to Federal Standards when fit pilots apply, but make no mistake, preparation and documentation are critical.
The tenacious do have hope, Very few pilots are ultimately denied, but sadly many pilots suffer needlessly because they dont prepare or take advantage of help which is just a phone call away.
The one person with the greatest interest in you securing medical certification is you, the pilot. EAA Aeromedical Chairman, Doctor John Hastings, tells pilots: "Your primary care physician, specialist, and AME may be sympathetic and willing to help, but you alone can keep the process moving and ensure all necessary information is gathered."
REMEMBER THIS: Pre-certification consultations virtually eliminate premature FAA medical applications which often ground pilots.