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Bob Price
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#1 Posted: 11/22/2010 13:00:22

Hi Everyone:

I underwent a heart transplant about two and a half years ago.  I understand that FAA has a new policy for issuance of medical certificates for special circumstances such as this.  Has anyone gone through this process?  What are the pitfalls for initiating such an action?  For example, if I were to raise this issue with FAA, would this preclude my being able to fly as a sport pilot?



Keith Doersom
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#2 Posted: 11/22/2010 13:59:11

I know of at least one pilot that was able to get his medical back after a heart transplant. AOPA did an article on him a few years ago. It would be a long and lengthy road but it can be done. You might want to consider contacting them. I am sure that there medical division could tell you alot more. If you have ever had a medical in the past and just let it lapse and it wasn't revoked or denied than you could fly as a sport pilot. If your medical has been denined than you are out of luck.

 

Hope that this helps

 

Keith



Mike Edwards
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#3 Posted: 11/22/2010 19:48:23
Bob Price wrote:

 

Hi Everyone:

I underwent a heart transplant about two and a half years ago.  I understand that FAA has a new policy for issuance of medical certificates for special circumstances such as this.  Has anyone gone through this process?  What are the pitfalls for initiating such an action?  For example, if I were to raise this issue with FAA, would this preclude my being able to fly as a sport pilot?

 

Bob, there is an Aviation Medical Examiner who visits this board occasionally and may answer your question.

If you are an AOPA member I strongly suggest you go to the medical issues area of the AOPA forums on AOPA.org.  There is an AME there who almost always answers within hours and provides good, authoritative advice on medical certification issues.  He seems very trustworthy to me.

This stuff is so important and so convoluted that I would advise you to be very careful who's advice you take.  Unfortunately much of the advice you get via random replies on the internet (like this one!) is wrong.  Absolutely do not "raise this issue with the FAA" until you get some authoritative information.

Good luck to you.

Mike E



Joe LaMantia
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#4 Posted: 11/23/2010 08:43:16

Hi Bob,

You are getting good advice from the guys who have responded.  I've been on Special Issuance since 1996.  I had a "mild" heart attack if there is such a thing, back in 1994.  I had some blockages which were cleared via angioplasty, so my situation is much less severe then yours.  You cannot log any PIC time since you have a disqualifying condition.  I would echo the advice given on working with AOPA's medical folks, they know all the in's and out's and can help walk you through the process.  If your going to fly LSA then just let your medical lapse and you can self certify via your drivers license and be back in business.  If you want to fly as a Private Pilot then work through all the medical stuff with AOPA and your AME before you submit any paperwork to the Fed.  This will take awhile since the wheels of our Federal Govt turn very slowly, but I can and does work.


Best of Luck!


Joe

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Carl Belt
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#5 Posted: 11/23/2010 15:57:40

Hi Guys. While you are discussing this subject, I was wondering if anyone had any advice that I could pass on to a friend of mine. I am in the A&P program at the local tech college and this guy is a classmate. He had a irregular heartbeat a few years ago and was implanted with a pacemaker. He has no other issues other than a spinal fusion about a year ago. He is only 31 years old.

He is thinking of trying for his private license but is unsure about passing the medical. My advice to him was go for light sport now and investigate the medical issue later. Any comments?



Greg Pinnell
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#6 Posted: 11/23/2010 20:51:01

Bob:  Please call me at 989-245-4494 or Sue Sedlachek at 920-426-6112.   We can help you with deciding whether you want to apply for special issuance or fly light sport.   Thanks,  Greg Pinnell (EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council)



Gregory Pinnell, MD
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#7 Posted: 11/26/2010 19:58:07

Carl:  From your description (and we would need additional information) it is pretty likely your friend would be able to gain a special issuance for his condition.  He can either contact Sue at 920-426-6112 at EAA or can write me and we can guide him through the process.  Thanks,   Greg



Gregory Pinnell, MD
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#8 Posted: 11/27/2010 14:31:41

Hey guys on this special issuance thing, I am color blind well not really I can tell what color the lights are and can distiguish the colors on my gps and instrument panel and all the colors for the beacons and lights at the airports. However I can not see the numbers in the little circle dot test. I go up with my dad all the time and have got about 20 hours with a CFI ran low on funds so had to put that on hold a few months however when it comes time to get my medical I am worried I will get the dot test and not pass it well i know i wouldnt pass it. What can I do flying is my lifes dream how do i get past this little bump in my road.

 

 

Thanks Josh



Greg Pinnell
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#9 Posted: 11/27/2010 18:01:32

Josh,  all you have to do is be able to pass one of the color vision tests the FAA has approved.  I would suggest going to this link first and print the page out:

 (http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/app_process/exam_tech/item52/et/).  Contact an ophthalmologist or optometrist and take the page with you.  See if you can pass any of these tests.  If you can't contact me at gpinnell@charter.net or call Sue Sedlachek at 920-426-6112 at EAA and we will help you through the process.   Thanks,  Greg Pinnell.



Gregory Pinnell, MD
Carl Belt
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#10 Posted: 11/28/2010 12:04:04

Greg, Thanks for your reponse. I will pass the information on and let him decide what he wants to do. He is afraid that if he tries for his medical and fails, he won't be able to fly light-sport, which I believe is the FAA rule.

                                                                                                                      Thanks, Carl



Greg Pinnell
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#11 Posted: 11/28/2010 12:59:39

Exactly right but remind him that even if he can't pass ANY of the color vision tests he can still get a medical with the restriction "not for night flying or by color signal control".  If that is the case he can get the restriction waived by doing a test the FAA accomplishes through the FSDO's called the Operational Color Vision Test or "OCVT".  This last part is kinda like the old light gun test.  I have yet to see an airman we couldn't get around the color vision restriction one way or another.   Happy Holidays!  Greg



Gregory Pinnell, MD