Medical Deferral Times
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Just FYI.  Time frame for medical deferral review is looking to be about 6 weeks.

I received the medical deferral letter from the FAA.  My initial AME application was deferred on 1/7/22, and I received the letter today, 2/16/22.  So almost 6 weeks for the FAA to review and send out a letter.  Hopefully I can get everything together for them next week.  If I can't get a special issuance, then my dreams of flying will die in short order.

There is one bit of information that the FAA wants, that I will not be able to get.  Court records from a reckless driving ticket back in 2003.  Hopefully the FAA will accept a letter from the court clerk that all documents from that case have been destroyed, as per the court's standard 10 year records retention process.

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Daniel Bissell: 
 

If I can't get a special issuance, then my dreams of flying will die in short order.

If there's a lesson here, it is this: Do NOT apply for a medical certificate when you know a Special Issuance will be required unless you know from consultation with an expert that the SI is possible, because a denial closes the door to the option for Sport Pilot on a driver's license.

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True enough about the sport license, but my career is Risk Management.  If I can't convince the FAA that I should be allowed to fly, then for me, I will have to agree with their assessment.  They are the experts and I respect the FAAs safety standards.

If there is a significant probability that I could be a danger to others, then I would not feel comfortable flying solo.  Endangering the general public is not an acceptable risk to take.  Also, there are cheaper hobbies out there.  If this doesn't work out, I will just find something else fun to do.

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Daniel, I’m interested in learning what happens after your first response from the FAA.  My medical was deferred yesterday and AOPA told me the response time is 3-4 months! I am hoping for a timeline like yours.

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I will let you know as soon as I get a response from the FAA.  I figure it will be 2 months or so.  They received my packet on March 2nd.  Once 60 days has passed, I will give them a call to check on the status and update this thread.

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Watching:  As I did my physical on 2/28 as of this posting, I still have not received my initial letter after my physical.  

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I hate to be a “Debbie Downer”, but don't get your hopes up about any quick resolution with FAA. My medical was deferred for something that I had previously reported on every FAA physical application since 1981. A misdemeanor marijuana charge when I was 18 years old (Im 64 now). It has been 21 months and it has cost me about $7k so far, and still no medical. No history of DWI/DUI or any other trouble. Once you get on the FAA radar, you are considered a bad actor and they are in no hurry to proceed.