Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Constructive topics of interest related to aviation that do not match the other section descriptions below (as long as it is somewhat related to aviation, flying, learning to fly, sport pilot, light sport aircraft, etc.). Please, advertisements for Viagra will be promptly deleted!"

Moderator: drseti

N918KT
Posts: 450
Joined: Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:49 pm

Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby N918KT » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:58 am

If a fellow pilot or CFI asks you why you decided to become a sport pilot instead of private pilot, how did you answer that question?

Particularly, I am wondering for those of you who decided to become a sport pilot because of having issues with getting a 3rd class medical for private pilot, were you comfortable stating that reason to your fellow pilots or CFI? How did they react? Did they encourage you to still jump through hoops to get a 3rd class medical? Did they even question what medical condition you have that would prevent you getting a 3rd class and were you comfortable answering that question to them?

If not, did you explain to them you became a sport pilot because it was easier or cheaper (which may or may not be true) or for any other reasons without explaining the fact you have an issue with getting a medical?

TimTaylor
Posts: 312
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm
Contact:

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby TimTaylor » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:22 pm

It's nobody's business but your own. That said, if I was renting or getting flight instruction, I would be honest with the FBO and CFI if I had a condition that might be of concern.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane;
Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea;
Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine;
Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

rcpilot
Posts: 230
Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:32 pm
Location: Mastic, NY

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby rcpilot » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:45 pm

Well, I did sport because I thought it would be less hours and because at my tender age of 55, day VFR was just fine with me. I probably had enough hours(minus the longer x-country, night and instrument training) to get a private but I'm quite content with sport.

User avatar
FastEddieB
Posts: 2131
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:33 pm
Location: Mineral Bluff, GA

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby FastEddieB » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:59 am

Slightly different scenario, but when I let my medical expire and fly with Light Sport Limitations, I was not shy about the reason.

In my case the annual burden, cost, uncertainty and over-diagnosis and over-treatment of recurring kidney stones. I was never denied the Special Issuance for my medical, but what a hassle.

A lot of that has been alleviated with BasicMed, for those of us lucky enough to have held a medical in the last 10 years. I can easily tell if and when a stone might be a problem, and its nice the FAA allows me the latitude to ground myself only when I suspect there's an issue.

I just feel "blessed" that at an age where some of these relatively minor medical issues become problematical, the FAA has found a way for me to stay in the air, and now to fly a wider variety of aircraft.

Though my heart remains with Light Sport!
Fast Eddie B.
Sky Arrow 600 E-LSA • N467SA
FastEddieB@mac.com

Warmi
Posts: 160
Joined: Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:35 pm
Location: Frankfort, IL

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby Warmi » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:34 am

None of their business really ... but frankly , in my case nobody really questioned my choices - perhaps because I am in my mid 40s and don't look like I could have problems preventing me from getting my medical.

Of course, you can tell from some folks voice tone when they talk about "flying on a driver license", that they have invested a lot into navigating insane bureaucratic maze created by the FAA (for general aviation) and look at the Sport License as a lesser , or cheating , way of getting into aviation but who cares ...

There will be a time when all recreational ( not commercial ) GA flying will be based on a driver license simply because it makes sense just as it does for driving - there is not much more damage a pilot with a in-flight heart attack flying in a 2000 lbs plane can do than the same guy driving on a highway could do - in fact it may be less since most flying is done over non-populated areas vs driving which almost always done within either cities or with other drivers close by.
Flying Sting S4 ( N184WA ) out of Illinois

Merlinspop
Posts: 968
Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:48 pm
Location: WV Eastern Panhandle

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby Merlinspop » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:30 pm

Just tell them that it lasted more than four hours and you sought immediate medical attention... they'll drop the subject and never bring it up again.
- Bruce

pjdavis
Posts: 89
Joined: Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:56 pm
Location: Freeland, MD

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby pjdavis » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:52 pm

Bruce always has the practical answer! LOL

User avatar
Half Fast
Posts: 165
Joined: Fri May 06, 2016 7:27 pm
Location: Central Florida

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby Half Fast » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:09 pm

Warmi wrote:
There will be a time when all recreational ( not commercial ) GA flying will be based on a driver license simply because it makes sense just as it does for driving - there is not much more damage a pilot with a in-flight heart attack flying in a 2000 lbs plane can do than the same guy driving on a highway could do - in fact it may be less since most flying is done over non-populated areas vs driving which almost always done within either cities or with other drivers close by.



You're quite an optimist.

If the Feds were in charge of driver's licenses, instead of the states, you'd need a Class 1 to drive a car, and probably a Class 3 to ride a bicycle.
1/2
----------------
I dream of a world where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.

User avatar
Half Fast
Posts: 165
Joined: Fri May 06, 2016 7:27 pm
Location: Central Florida

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby Half Fast » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:12 pm

Merlinspop wrote:Just tell them that it lasted more than four hours and you sought immediate medical attention... they'll drop the subject and never bring it up again.



Or tell them....

"Bruce Jenner's SI cost $30,000 and that's too rich for me."
1/2
----------------
I dream of a world where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.

TimTaylor
Posts: 312
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm
Contact:

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby TimTaylor » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:19 pm

Half Fast wrote:
Warmi wrote:
There will be a time when all recreational ( not commercial ) GA flying will be based on a driver license simply because it makes sense just as it does for driving - there is not much more damage a pilot with a in-flight heart attack flying in a 2000 lbs plane can do than the same guy driving on a highway could do - in fact it may be less since most flying is done over non-populated areas vs driving which almost always done within either cities or with other drivers close by.



You're quite an optimist.

If the Feds were in charge of driver's licenses, instead of the states, you'd need a Class 1 to drive a car, and probably a Class 3 to ride a bicycle.


Right wing BS.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane;
Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea;
Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine;
Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

User avatar
Half Fast
Posts: 165
Joined: Fri May 06, 2016 7:27 pm
Location: Central Florida

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby Half Fast » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:35 pm

TimTaylor wrote:
Half Fast wrote:
Warmi wrote:
There will be a time when all recreational ( not commercial ) GA flying will be based on a driver license simply because it makes sense just as it does for driving - there is not much more damage a pilot with a in-flight heart attack flying in a 2000 lbs plane can do than the same guy driving on a highway could do - in fact it may be less since most flying is done over non-populated areas vs driving which almost always done within either cities or with other drivers close by.



You're quite an optimist.

If the Feds were in charge of driver's licenses, instead of the states, you'd need a Class 1 to drive a car, and probably a Class 3 to ride a bicycle.


Right wing BS.



Typical left wing argument.
1/2
----------------
I dream of a world where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.

TimTaylor
Posts: 312
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm
Contact:

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby TimTaylor » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:40 pm

So why did you introduce a political comment into this thread? Probably two if I understood your comment about Bruce Jenner.
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land; Instrument Airplane;
Sport Endorsement Airplane Single Engine Sea;
Flight Instructor Airplane Single And Multiengine;
Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument

User avatar
Scooper
Posts: 23
Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:29 pm
Location: San Francisco, CA

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby Scooper » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:00 pm

Yes; I'm comfortable explaining why I decided to let my 3rd class SI expire and fly as a sport pilot. Sending CAMI a report from my physician every six months and taking the CogScreen-AE every two years was expensive, and for 90% of the flying I was doing LSAs and flying as a sport pilot worked just fine. Now, with my BasicMed I can fly bigger, higher performance airplanes if the occasion arises, but I'm pretty happy with my LSA.
- Stan
Image
Experimental AMD CH601XL-B LSA N601KE (KOAK)

3Dreaming
Posts: 1979
Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:13 pm
Location: noble, IL USA

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:54 pm

TimTaylor wrote:So why did you introduce a political comment into this thread? Probably two if I understood your comment about Bruce Jenner.


Why is it that you always try and turn an innocuous statement into some political conspiracy? Pretty much the only time there is a political brouhaha on here is when you think you have been offended. There has certainly been a few times it has been unwarranted.

User avatar
Half Fast
Posts: 165
Joined: Fri May 06, 2016 7:27 pm
Location: Central Florida

Re: Were you comfortable explaining to your fellow pilots you became a sport pilot because of a medical reason?

Postby Half Fast » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:00 pm

TimTaylor wrote:So why did you introduce a political comment into this thread? Probably two if I understood your comment about Bruce Jenner.



My comments were directed at the FAA's silliness and also at getting nosy people who ask nosy questions to keep their noses out of other people's business. Is that political in your mind? If so, oh well - then I guess it's political, though it's beyond me how you get "right wing" out of it.

The AOPA and the EAA lobbied for years to do away with the medical. They failed. Basic Med was a weak compromise, and they don't seem to be expending any serious effort to do better. I don't hold out any hope of a having a DL medical for anything beyond Sport Pilot.
1/2
----------------
I dream of a world where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.


Return to “Hangar Talk”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests