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In a message dated Sat, 17 Mar 2001 10:28:50 AM Eastern Standard Time, ClaussenTNMC writes:
<< ate: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 22:59:29 -0600
From: "Steve McNabb" <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] FAA
Does anyone have any experience dealing with the FAA and getting a special
issuance medical certificate? IDDM is a disqualifying condition, and I lost
my medical after I was diagnosed as a type I about 4 months ago. I have been
pumping for 1 week, and everything is going much better than on MDI. I joke
with my children that I am now a cyborg. My assimilation date was 3/6/01.
My name is Terry Claussen and I once was an airline pilot. From 1994 through 1997, I was in control with oral meds, with a Class I medical certificate allowing me to continue flying. Once I began injections, only a class 3 medical certificate is available.
The C3 allows private pilot priveledges, meaning no compensation. A loop-hole exists for flight instructors to receive compensation for flying, allowing me to continue to fly occasionally. Any pumpers want to learn to fly?
In order to receive a "special issuance certificate" or waivier, one must remain in control for 6 months and follow the testing regimen described above. Control is defined as no hypos requiring assistance. Also, additional tests may be required for re-issuance by the FAA. Last fall I was required to perform a stress test to 100% heart rate. The cardiologist thought it was nuts to test a 39 year old with no heart problems, but the FAA said do it.
After submiting the intial request, you will receive a special issuance medical along with a letter from the FAA detailing the test requirements and restrictions. This initial letter may take a long time to recieve. Subsequent approvals are granted by local FAA flight surgeons if there are no other problems.
I used the union medical shop to process my first application. If that is available to you, I would recommend it.
Now if we could get Class 2 and 1 authorized, I would no longer be underemployed. Good luck.
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