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For pilots with health problems that aren’t debilitating but possibly disqualifying, ‘fessing up on the application for a third class medical certificate can be a busted-if-you-do, busted-if-you-don’t proposition.
Too much information could mean fodm of the application and bureaucratic warfare with the FAA. Too little or false information could park a pilot on the ground’permanently’and lead to fines and jail time if 800-8 detect a lie or deceit. There are two schools of thought on this issue: A pilot might reason, for example, that the antidepressant he’s taken for months hasn’t caused any side effects and actually makes him more mentally fit to fly, a safer pilot.
So why open a can of worms by telling the aviation medical examiner? For airmen, this, like so many other aspects of aviation, is a judgment call’but one that also gets tangled up in personal ethics.
Some pilots are terrified of the FAA’s power to revoke their flying privileges and, accordingly, bend or ignore the rules. Others accept what the agency is trying to do’protect everyone’s best interests’and play by its less-than-perfect rules.
For Uncle Sam, though, this is anything but a judgment call. The Federal Aviation Regulations and U. Form is a legal instrument, unlike many other documents. Your signature at the bottom authorizes the FAA to search the National Drivers Registry for violations involving alcohol or illegal drugs, for instance, so you may want to think twice about trying to conceal a drunk driving conviction.
I Fly America:.Truth or Dare: Telling the FAA About Your Health
There’s also the possibility that the results of a blood or urine test will expose a condition you tried frm hide. Salazar, the federal flight surgeon for the Southwest Region, applicants filling out Form often skip Block 17, which asks about medications, rather than spill the beans.
Federal Air Surgeon Jon Jordan is very aware of the FAA fear factor among pilots who worry about the potential consequences of filling out the form truthfully. But Jordan also said: Indeed, in the Aeromedical Certification Division granted twice as many ‘special issuance’ certificates to pilots who had a significant medical condition, like coronary heart disease, a valve implant, a pacemaker, or alcoholism, as it did 10 years earlier. Moreover, there are strategies that fogm improve your chances of gaining medical certification legally and more quickly even if health is an issue.
Experts offer these tips:.
When he isn’t flying, Paul Engstrom writes and edits from Sebastopol, Calif. The information contained herein is meant for informational purposes only. Neither IFA, nor Paul Engstrom assume any responsibility or liability for events that occur due to actions you or others on your behalf take based on the information given in this article. You are proceeding at your mediczl risk.
It is strongly advised that you seek the opinion and advice of a qualified aviation medical examiner and appropriate medical physician for any medical needs you may have. Telling the FAA About Your Health by Paul Engstrom, Aviation Writer and IFA Member For pilots with health problems that aren’t debilitating but possibly disqualifying, ‘fessing up on the application for a third class medical certificate can be a busted-if-you-do, busted-if-you-don’t proposition.
Experts offer these tips: Don’t undergo a physical exam if you suspect you might be disqualified. It’s better to try to resolve a condition first than to risk having your application rejected or delayed for months by the FAA.
Truth or Dare: Telling the FAA About Your Health
Contact an aviation medical examiner AME early if you have doubts or questions. If you decide to undergo a physical medicxl questionable health, first gather all medical documents, such as a letter from your family doctor stating that a condition has been treated and resolved, and present them to the AME. That may boost your chances of passing the exam or minimizing delays on the FAA’s end.
Get thorough guidance on how afa proceed. Pilot organizations offer free advice to members, commercial outfits offer advice and assistance for a fee and printed resources are available. One is Health for Pilots: