well yes and no. I do have two dwi's per the state of texas but per the FAA, i have 3 even though the first arrest resulted in a lesser charge of reckless driving, the faa still sees the fact that i refused to blow a dwi admission so in their eyes, when i got the dwi in 2011, that was strike 2 (and in their case you're out). medical was revoked. almost 2 years later i managed to get another dwi after my med was yanked so i never bothered to report it and neither did i suspect that i would ever quit drinking either, but i finally had had enough of the BS and threw the towel in on it and to be honest, it's the best thing i've done in a VERY long time. (I need to change my user back to plt, fly just isn't cutting it
here is what happened today:
FAA update, here is what I know so far from today's visit with my primary ame/ims/hims doctor:
1. Applying for a 1st class medical (as mentioned above, i think, go for the highest class so i don't have to repeat the process to upgrade from a 2nd to a 1st or 3rd to second, what have you, any upgrade in class is subject to total re-evaluation process even AFTER you've been cleared to fly without restrictions)
2. Comprehensive sponsoring through this doctor who is faa approved for people in my situation ($1500 due at next appt then subsequent appointments 285/hr)
3. Faa approved psychiatrist initial and periodic visits with re-evals yearly for 2 to 5 years after ($1500 due at next appt then yearly re-examinations @750 a pop)
4. Outpatient aftercare treatment (group meetings) for the next 2 to 5 years ($25 per meeting)
5. Continue the meetings i already go to now
6. Random alcholol testing monthly for the next 2 to 5 years @95 a pop.
so my appointments will be both on the same day in the same office next month sometime. i have all the $ but it seems that as soon as i save up to get my type and get all the cash, something else comes up that i have to shell out more $ for. two steps forward, one step back it seems). the psychiatrist will do a head examination and write a report and my ame will give me my 1st class examination as well as go over my blue ribbon file and collect data for the above #'ed items. that's where the 1500 comes in. it's an up front fee for his and his assistants time in collecting, organizing and writing reports for the faa. all this data will be then shipped off to Washington instead of OK city because apparently that's where the faa head docs are located. anyway, as promised, i'm keeping a running tally of this here. hope someone learns from my mistakes because quite frankly, this sucks.