3rd class medical

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Mal K9
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3rd class medical

Postby Mal K9 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:17 am

does the FAA automatically do a medical background check or is it only if you check yes?

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Re: 3rd class medical

Postby drseti » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:36 am

When you sign the MedExpress form, regardless of what you put down on the form, you've given your consent for the FAA to inspect your medical history and records. If there's anything out there that would be disqualifying, you have to assume the FAA will find it, and revoke any medical certificate you may have been issued. If that happens, you lose not just your medical certificate, but the ability to exercise Sport Pilot privileges.

Thus, if you know (or have reason to know) of any potentially disqualifying condition, you're best off not even starting the application process, and just proceeding under Sport Pilot rules and restrictions.
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Re: 3rd class medical

Postby Mal K9 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:00 pm

Kinda what I figured. I’m think I’m just going to play it safe and stick with sport pilot. As it will do most of what my intentions will be

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Re: 3rd class medical

Postby TimTaylor » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:41 pm

Mal K9 wrote:Kinda what I figured. I’m think I’m just going to play it safe and stick with sport pilot. As it will do most of what my intentions will be

That's a good idea. Many of us, new pilots and old pilots, have made that decision.
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