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The 2021 Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners states that, “An individual may be considered for an FAA authorization of a Special Issuance (SI) or Special Consideration (SC) of a Medical Certificate (Authorization) if…”, in addition to other things, "…the applicant DOES NOT have symptoms or history of: 

  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Electro convulsive therapy
  • Treatment with multiple SSRIs concurrently
  • Multi-agent drug protocol use (prior use of other ...
Are there any medical certification issues with bee sting allergies and being prescribed an epipen?
Hi all,

First, Happy New Year! And thanks for providing such a platform.

I have JUST received my medical certificate after 4 months of wait time, quite happy about that, I'll finally be able to solo.

However, in the "limitations" part of the certificate is written "Must wear lenses for distant, have glasses for near visions.". The thing is, I have never had lenses or glasses, and my eyesight tests were positive when visiting my AME to kickstart the process.

Is that a normal ...
I want to laminate my first-class medical certificate so it doesn't get crumpled for any reason. Will this invalidate it? I've done some research online and there only seem to be provisions for laminating permanent certificates, of which the medical is a temporary certificate.
I have cataracts developing and will need surgery before long. I've been researching the different types of lens implants and would really appreciate opinions and advice from fellow pilots with recent cataract surgery as to which type of lens implants work best for flying.
I'd been out of flying for a couple of decades when I bought a dilapidated Supercub from a widow.  It was a whim.  On the downside, the plane needed fabric, but on the upside, she also came with a factory-refurbished 160 hp engine still covered and strapped to a pallet. 

So here I am at 68, an aged PPL/INST, with a few chronic but not severe health issues that all go with being 68 years old, and discovering on an "advisory" visit with an AME that it will likely take at least 6 months ...
So I've kind of hit the perfect storm of things all at once:
  • My flight school closed down due to COVID and I haven't heard news from them that they're back yet.
  • My third class medical expired in November
  • I have a special issuance due to some medications I'm on
  • I just had knee surgery so I don't consider myself fit to fly at the moment anyway, even if I were to get my flight physical.
Now with all this, would it be OK to get a new medical once my flight school opens back up and/or I've ...
My 3rd class medical request was sent tot he  stepsFAA by the AME due to a Melanoma with a 0.9 mm Breslow thickness the Lymph Nodes were clear  as were the margins How do I find out the status and wha are the next steps I can expect? 
I have been engage with the FAA for 4 YEARS now waiting for my First Class Medical so I can make the career change I've been hoping for for many years. I recently completed an insane amount of testing, hoop-jumping, psychiatric, neuropsychological, cardiological and other testing to satisfy them. Apparently I am now finished with all of the components of the process and am just about ready to submit my final package. Question is: how long is the turn around now with ...
Good Evening All,

I've been searching the web for quite awhile now and figured getting input from everyone here could certainly help.  Ill keep this brief. My medical was denied in early March. Prior to covid I was looking at a career change. I went to the AME and had reported being admitted to the hospital for a heart condition in Jul 2019. I was cleared of any heart issues and released, however some of my medical records do indicate alcohol abuse. I was drinking a lot at the ...