Missed deadline for deferred medical
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Hello. I was told I had a 90-day deadline to submit the required info for my medical, and I just now realized I did the math wrong and the deadline to request an extension on my case was yesterday instead of tomorrow. If I call tomorrow and ask for an extension on my case, would it be too late? One of the professionals I saw said the FAA probably won't close my case anyway if they see I'm working on it, so would they have even closed my case by now at all? Thanks.

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AOPA Staff Answer

Hi Terrence

 I would recommend that you continue to gather the requested information, keeping in mind the FAA deems “current” testing and reports no older than 90 days of age when they are submitted to the FAA. If you receive a denial for Failure to Provide the requested information, in a personal statement you can request that the FAA reconsider their decision. Send this along with the requested information directly to the FAA. While a denial is not preferred, it is by no means the end of the road. 

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When they give you that deadline, that means you have that amount of time to submit the information they need to make a decision on your application.  If they don't hear anything from you by that date, they can and often will issue a denial, which has a lot of negative consequences for you, including closing the door on Basic Med and no-medical Sport Pilot flying, as well as having to answer “yes” to “have you ever had a medical denied?” on every aviation insurance application for the rest of your life.  They're usually amenable to an extension if you tell them before that deadline that you're working the problem and give them the credible reasons why you don't have all the material together yet.  But when you miss the deadline without a word, they tend to issue that denial and make you start over again.

So, I hope you spoke with them this morning and explained to their satisfaction why you haven't yet sent in the material they wanted.  If not, it would behoove you to do so ASAP, and hope they haven't dropped your application in the “denied” file already.

Thanks. I couldn't get in contact with Oklahoma; I kept getting the same message about their phones being busy, but I called the regional flight surgeon and was able to put the request in with no further questions asked. I assume for now that means things are fine?

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I wouldn't assume anything, but I don't know of anything else you can do at this point other than stand by.