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General Discussion / Re: Medicals & DWI's don't mix
« Last post by Mike on March 09, 2016, 05:16:30 AM »
Am I tracking this right? It's the medical you can't get after a DUI?
Is there something else involved other than just drinking?

So you have the license but you can't get the medical....
Neuropsychological evaluation??
General Discussion / Re: Medicals & DWI's don't mix
« Last post by Baradium on March 06, 2016, 03:00:03 PM »
Flyjnx,   good luck on completing the rest of the requirements and thank you for sharing all of this.

Something else to keep in mind once you have your medical back is that you will also need approval if you want to fly into Canada.  Driving in Canada is a lifetime prohibition, but you can get approval to fly there again.   Plan on it needing to be a few years after you start flying again before you can apply (I think it's actually a timeframe since the DUI, but I don't know specifics), but I'd hold onto any paperwork you use for the FAA in case you ever decide to do that application.

A friend of mine has been going through the process to get Canada approval for a couple years now due to a DUI before he started flying (15+ years ago now), although part of the timeframe might be due to him not putting all that high of a priority on it. 
General Discussion / Medicals & DWI's don't mix
« Last post by Plthijnx on March 02, 2016, 01:04:07 AM »
hey guys, been a long while since i've posted but nevertheless have some good info for maybe yourself, someone you know, or (I certainly hope not) just in case you find yourself in my boat errr plane.

back in September of 2010 I got a DWI and promptly wrote the FAA and informed them as soon as I was able to and they wrote back saying thanks, don't let it happen again. At the time I thought, cool, that was a close one. wellllllll not so fast. see the FAA sees dwi's a little differently than the state does. I had a case back in 2002 that was reduced by the state to reckless driving but that didn't matter to the FAA even though they said no problem. apparently when you refuse to blow they (FAA) count that as a dwi whether or not the charges were reduced to something other than found innocent. loooooong story short and still being written as I type this is when the FAA strips you of your medical like they wound up doing to me in the winter/spring of 2011 - here is a small taste of what you have to look forward to in order to get your medical back. I have since quit drinking and decided that getting back my medical was something that I really needed to do. I, like most if not all here, love flying and am willing to do what it takes to get it back.

when I started this not yet finished journey, I stood at the base of a proverbial mountain not knowing how tall it really was or what obstacles I would encounter along the way, I just knew it was there and I had to climb it.

best way to sum up my journey so far is with a timeline of sorts with some narrative:

Aug. 2015 applied for 2nd class - not approved - sent to OK for investigation

Sept. 29th - letter stating the need for more information:
here is a summary:
   *copy of the narrative police/investigative report and blood/breath alcohol content (BAC) from all offenses
   *complete copies of all court records associated with ALL offenses (i have a record beyond dwi's)
   *all records associated with any care, treatment, or assessments/evaluations for alcohol abuse or related disorders
   *a detailed statement from you regarding your past, present, and future patterns of alcohol use and of the circumstances surrounding all offenses, including felonies and misdemeanor
   *a complete copy of your current driving record from the department of motor vehicles from any state that you held a driver's license, for the past 10 years.
   *complete copies of a current evaluation which includes a detailed narrative from a certified Substance Abuse Specialist, or Addictionologist in accordance with the enclosed guidelines. please note that evaluation must address your complete alcohol related history of usage and all offenses, and should include copies of all testing performed with a final diagnosis.
   *or if your records reveal your BAC was .20 or greater, in addition to items 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; submit complete copies of a current evaluation from a psychiatrist familiar with aviation standards, in accordance with the enclosed guidelines. please note that the evaluation must address your complete alcohol related history of usage and all offenses, and should include copies of all testing performed with a final diagnosis.
----end of summary for letter #1----

on the last item (7) you might as well plan on the HIMS study. more on that to follow. hope you have deep pockets or an air carrier that is willing to foot the bill, this is gonna cost you big on top of what you already paid the state in fines &/or time served.

cost for the above - my time to gather all the info requested and put together a rather large packet, a few visits to a psychologist that i'd already been seeing to understand the complexity of drinking and the thought process thereof at 270 bucks/hr a pop x4 plus a visit to a substance abuse counselor, can't remember the exact cost but roughly 250 bucks. - total here ~ $1330

sent in all that information above at the end of November/early December.

Jan. 4th 2016 - received letter dated 29 Dec 2015:
this will acknowledge receipt of the information provided..........
.....We appreciate the information provided, and regret it is insufficient to enable us to complete our evaluation of your eligibility for airman medical certification.......
you must provide the following: complete copies of a current substance abuse neuropsychological evaluation performed by a Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) neuropsychologist, in accordance with the neuropsychological portion only of the enclosed specifications. (leaving this part out, lots involved)
----end of summary for letter #2----

the FAA did recommend two doctors in my area (Houston) for this ALL DAY brain stress test.
cost for this evaluation: $1,995 cash, check or money order. no insurance accepted + time off from work to do the evaluation (i'm a sr. electrical designer in the petrochem industry for those keeping score, i make a decent salary)

I completed the above at the beginning of February and received my response from Oklahoma yesterday, Feb. 29th:
.....We appreciate the information provided, and regret it is insufficient to enable us to complete our evaluation of your eligibility for airman medical certification.......
you will need to engage with a Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) Independent Medical Sponsor (IMS) Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for an evaluation and sponsorship and monitoring from the HIMS/IMS/AME and he/she should provide to us detailed recommendations in writing for the monitoring requirements. The report should be submitted directly to this office from the HIMS/IMS/AME.
----end of summary for letter #3----
called a HIMS/IMS/AME today (basically an AME that specializes/has formal FAA training with this area) and while costs apparently vary, the one I chose is in Galveston (like I need an excuse to go fishing, right?) and initially will cost $1,500 then $275/hr thereafter. I will have to do a few visits at first so they can get to know me, my situation, lifestyle, etc.) then visit at least once every 6 months for the next at least 2 years or so. an interesting point the assistant made today was that I go ahead and apply for my 1st class medical so that in case i decide later on even after i've been released to fly without restrictions/supervision i run the possibility of having to do this portion of the program recovery again. (plan on your medical, regardless of class, to be good for only 6 months at a time with doctor visit and monthly random alcohol testing stipulations). basically what this means is, if you've got a 3rd class and underwent the supervision holding a 3rd class and later on you want a 2nd - you may have to do the testing again so the premise here is go for the 1st so that way you're covered for the others.

forgot to mention that in the case of BOTH doctors, you have to request, in writing, from the FAA your records in "Blue Ribbon Format" and have them sent to the doctor you're going to visit prior to the appointment(s). I ordered the second blue ribbon copy today to be sent to galveston and will hopefully be able to get an appointment by next friday.

I will update this as it unfolds but as of right now, this is where I am and will answer any questions I can if you have any.

in short, whether or not you have a problem with alcohol, don't drink and drive kids. like i stated earlier, i've quit drinking already, it's just best that I don't drink and I accept and acknowledge this fact and was fortunate enough to just put it down and not pick it back up without any side effects. what i'm going through is a nightmare of sorts, i've been in worse situations, but at the same time, it's also a Blessing. I mainly put this here to help anyone else who might be in or know someone who is/could be in this situation - stop it before it starts. i've been through quite a bit in my life and have learned to NEVER say it can't get any worse, because yes, as a matter of fact, it can. 6 months ago when i started the ball rolling on re-acquiring my medical i had no one to turn to and didn't quite know what to expect. hope this helps.

Aviation related topics / Re: Layman starts an airline. The big project
« Last post by Omskavia on February 13, 2016, 04:01:30 PM »

The 6th part of my research is dedicated to Alaska Airlines. It consists of not only bored financial indicators, but also of wages and salaries of employees. Moreover, you`ll find out how much does airline spend on food and beverages.
Current Strip / Re: VFR On Top
« Last post by Franz on February 07, 2016, 09:19:51 AM »
VFR on top you say?

Well, so there I was on a cold, windy, grey and dreary day, almost OVC008, best suited to looking out a window of someplace heated with your favorite hot or cold beverage in hand. I was looking out a window all right, but no heater, no beverage, at 1000' AGL with half a six-pack (instruments that is, not the other kind) and no engine. I had a parachute on my back and a perfectly fine aircraft, so not all was lost, but this probably wasn't the best piece of ADM . . .

So, how did I get in and out of this? Well, let's go back in time 5 minutes:
There I was, 13 years old, spend the last year and a half hanging out at the local glider field, bumming rides, helping out where I could and eagerly awaiting spring to arrive so that I could finally start training. But right now it was still autumn, probably the last day of flying that year, so we did. I was strapped in the back of our ASK 13, a young FI up front and the whole thing hitched to the winch, ready to launch into the grey sky. Airborne after about 2 seconds of groundroll, VSI pegged at 1000fpm and suddenly it was as bright as day, blue sky above and white clouds below.The only hole in the overcast happend to be right above the winch at the right time. I had never seen anything like this and I spend a felt eternity taking in the view. I knew right then this whole flying thing was what I had to do.
"Time to get back down" I heard, the nose came down, airspeed build and a steep 360° turn later we were on downwind, then base, final, spoilers out touchdown and back on the ground in the grey.
A flight as memorable as my first solo about a year later and when I met my pilot of that day again after more than a decade of him flying shiny jets all across the globe, it still had a special place in his heart and logbook.

TL;DR: escaping gray autumn day for a minute in a glider gets 13yo hooked on flight.

Thanks for bringing up this memory!

P.S. The spellcheck wants to change six-pack into sexpot, what's up with that? ;D
Aviation related topics / Helping your fellow aviator
« Last post by Franz on February 07, 2016, 08:24:33 AM »
I just came across this vidoe here:

I think it nicely captures one of the great aspects of flying in about four minutes. No matter the aircraft you fly or the experience you have, if you can help, you do it, if you need help, you get it.
Also, at least to me, arriving at any airfield feels a bit like coming home and meeting old friends, even if I've never been here and don't know anybody . . .
There I was... / Re: POST A PIC OF YOUR RIDE !!
« Last post by Franz on February 07, 2016, 08:09:12 AM »
Not exactly camouflage either, although the same cannot be said for your shirt in combination with this ginormous flying machine ;)

Here's what I fly, wings firmly attached to the fuselage but still going round in circles a lot of the time . . .
The Classroom / Flying on a clear night
« Last post by Planobilly on February 05, 2016, 03:30:29 AM »
I have flown from the LA basin to Bullhead City so many time I could retire on the fuel I have burned. All of these flights happened after I had several years of IFR under my belt so I never though much about it.

As I look back, and remember the conditions, these flights were the type of night flights that could get you killed if you are not really comfortable with the transition from VFR to IFR. Yes the night was crystal clear. Here is the rub. About two minutes after you turn left past Twenty Palms there is not a single light for miles. The stars look just like lights on the ground.

I assume there are other places like the desert but this one come to mind.

So just remember....the desert on a clear night is a wonderful place to fly....if you can fly well IFR.

The only thing worse than wishing you were up flying is being in the air wishing you were on the

Stay safe,

Aviation related topics / Re: SmartPhones and aircraft tracking
« Last post by Ragwing on February 02, 2016, 04:45:06 AM »
There is a bit of data transfer needed, so 4G or Wifi is needed.
To put it in perspective, Facebook or news takes a lot more.

Now I can identify the commercial birds that fly over my house.....
Nothing I use everyday, but a more fun to me than a game.
General Discussion / AR firefighter shot and killed responding to a medical call
« Last post by Baradium on January 23, 2016, 03:39:33 PM »

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. — A volunteer firefighter was shot and killed Friday morning while responding to a medical call.

KATV reported that East Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Jason Adams, 29, was responding to a medical emergency call at the house of Greg Pruitt after his wife called 911.

Pruitt was suffering from a seizure when he came out of it and allegedly thought Adams as an intruder. He then shot and killed Adams, who was reportedly standing in the doorway of his bedroom. Firefighter Adams was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Adams, who lives about a half-mile away from the home, was a five-year member of the Sherwood Fire Department but was responding as an East Pulaski member.

Authorities are still investigating and processing the scene. There’s no word yet on charges to be filed.
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