Suicide attempt as a teen in middle school, possible to get a medical?

SteveC

Really?
Staff member
Doubt it, but my opinion is that he's worth the money. I'm not on a special issuance anymore, but I have been in the past (for asthma) and he's the guy to see around here.
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He’s a pilot, and an AME, and he knows the ins and outs of the FAA medical system as well as, I don’t know, maybe a couple dozen guys in the whole country?

Not saying he’s the perfect guy for you and your circumstances, but you want someone equivalent to him working with you.

(General note regarding touchy medical questions: Remember, always, that AME’s ultimately work for the FAA, so approach all of your interactions with them with that thought in mind. The good ones really have your best interest at heart, but sometimes it can be better for both of you to have your conversations about “hypothetical” situations rather than forcing them into a corner they don’t want to be in. Think about what you want to say and how you are going to say it before the meeting takes place and you will get the info you need without putting you or them in any jeopardy. They can help you, immensely, but you can’t put them in a place that requires them to do something that they would rather not do.)
 

bluejay163

Active Member
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He’s a pilot, and an AME, and he knows the ins and outs of the FAA medical system as well as, I don’t know, maybe a couple dozen guys in the whole country?

Not saying he’s the perfect guy for you and your circumstances, but you want someone equivalent to him working with you.

(General note regarding touchy medical questions: Remember, always, that AME’s ultimately work for the FAA, so approach all of your interactions with them with that thought in mind. The good ones really have your best interest at heart, but sometimes it can be better for both of you to have your conversations about “hypothetical” situations rather than forcing them into a corner they don’t want to be in. Think about what you want to say and how you are going to say it before the meeting takes place and you will get the info you need without putting you or them in any jeopardy. They can help you, immensely, but you can’t put them in a place that requires them to do something that they would rather not do.)
Thanks! That's sounds like a good idea, just talking about a "what if" scenario so I can get the impression to see what could happen.
 

Boots2Wings

Well-Known Member
Nope. Technically sport pilot is a thing, but if you know of a condition that would prevent you from getting a medical, then thats a bust too. However, as others have said there are options. The Special Issuance Process (while a huuuuuge pain in the butt), will eventually allow most people the ability to obtain a medical. It just takes time, and money....unfortunately a lot of money for specialists/tests/letters and what not. But go talk with an AME. They are your best bet.
 

broncoav8r

Well-Known Member
Good advice - use an AME that really understands the FAA, and works with them every day. I, and many other professional pilots in Michigan, go to guys like Dr. Pinnell.

Let us know where you’re located, and I’ll bet someone here can give you some advice on a good examiner to use.
+1. If you aren't at an ALPA carrier and have access to AMAS...He's one of the ones who actually is there to help.
 
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