Thursday, December 11, 2014

AME ... Booked.

Okay, here we go.

I have my medical exam booked as of an hour ago. The medical examiner I have seen before has quit the business, therefore I have to find a new one. What I ended up doing was posting on Facebook and my pilot friends suggested several of them, but the one stuck out was the one in Ashland Ohio.

I finished my medical application online as required by the FAA by using the MedXPress online application process. On one hand this form is a little intimidating, but then again this is the same form applicants fill out at the doctors office. Therefore, it is an easy process because all of the paperwork that I have is on hand at my fingertips without having to guess at anything.

Today is Friday, and my examination is on Wednesday of next week. The drive should take around an hour and 15 minutes, and the medical examiner is located at an airport therefore I can get there early and hang around the airplanes and relax.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Starting the Medical Renewal Process

Filling out AOPA TurboMedical.

New glasses next week, then off to the AME, then 'The Wait' for the FAA to renew my medical.

By the way, pilots, I saved over 70% on my glasses with over all others.

God and Santa, I've been good. All I want is my medical clearance.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Long Overdue Update(s)

It has been well over a year since my last update.  More information will be following in the next week.
What has been going on for the past year is that I have been taking care of my mother, therefore I did not have time to do much of anything. Unfortunately, she passed away two months ago. So right now I am in the process of playing catch-up in life, especially, working on completing my pilot’s license.

When I left off in September 2013, I was waiting for authorization from the FAA to visit my medical examiner. What happened was I did not have to wait for their authorization. All I had to do at that time was to go to my AME and take the medical examination and submit that information along with my report from my liver and kidney transplant physicians.
Here’s what went wrong. I called the FAA and spoke with one of the agents and he stated to me to take the plan of action what I have done or the past several years which was to send in my medical information from my physicians and they would send the authorization in writing. What I should have done was just to go directly to the AME and should have taken my examination and all of the updates would’ve been forwarded to the FAA for my AME. End of story, and my medical would’ve been approved.  After waiting for several months for my letter, and checking the mailbox every day, I called up the FAA and spoke with another agent. She stated to me that I did not need to do anything different, therefore I wasted a lot of time waiting for my authorization.

This process may be a little more difficult now because my medical expired, plus due to the stress of taking care of a parent in their final months, I developed heart palpitations, accelerated pulse rate, and a few other symptoms. Visits to the cardiologist did not uncover any major problems. I say major because we did find a heart condition known as Right Branch Bundle Blockage. This is not a disqualifying medical condition, therefore I should not have much of a problem. Hopefully, this is not much of a problem to create more delays in having my medical issued. I will see the cardiologist four days from today and I hope that everything comes back cleared up. I still show signs of palpitations, which are actually called PVCs. This is not a disqualifying condition. Therefore, I hope the FAA takes into consideration the stressful situation I have been under for the past 2 to 3 years. I have been to the emergency room three times in the past two years for this condition which the positions cannot find any problem therefore we are considering it a stress related condition.