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Medical 3rd class

Postby Jfly67 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:16 pm

I am wondering if any one with a 3rd Class medical has ever had the FAA investigate there medical and if so why ? I am not really looking for everyone’s ethical opinion just facts was there medical ever looked at and why. If so what process was used. I am very aware of consequences and also very aware that many people forget to list stuff. I appreciate your honesty and understanding

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Re: Medical 3rd class

Postby TimTaylor » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:04 pm

How would you know? I'm not sure you would. NEVER omit anything from your medical application. That's a federal document.
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Re: Medical 3rd class

Postby Scooper » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:47 pm

The 2004/2005 Operation Safe Pilot was a joint "investigation" by the DOT Office of the Inspector General and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General to determine if pilots had failed to disclose potentially disqualifying medical conditions on their medical certificate applications. The investigation was limited to pilots in Northern California, and consisted of a database matching program between the FAA database of current medical certificate holders and the Social Security Administration Title 2 and Title 16 disability databases. Forty Northern California pilots were criminally indicted on felony charges of violating 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2), making false statements to a federal agency. Many of those indicted were private pilots with 3rd class medicals, but others had commercial and airline transport ratings. There were even two medical doctors indicted. The DOT-IG said that "hundreds more" could have been indicted if the U.S. Attorneys for Northern and Central California hadn't had constrained resources.

The Northern California Federal District Court found that the investigation had violated the Privacy Act of 1974 as amended multiple times. In 2010, the government made the necessary changes in their systems of records and posted notices in the Federal Register of proposed database matches so that subsequent investigations similar to Operation Safe Pilot conformed to the Privacy Act.

Last year, four commercial pilots were indicted on charges of violating 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2) after a database match comparing Veterans Administration disability beneficiaries with the FAA medical certificate databases. The pilots had been diagnosed with PTSD and were collecting VA disability benefits, but hadn't revealed they were collecting disability benefits on their FAA medical certificate applications.

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Re: Medical 3rd class

Postby HAPPYDAN » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:33 pm

I'm not surprised. I think many have heard anecdotes of all sorts of indiscretions. I once heard a tale about a navy pilot that had failing eyesight, but was able to remain on flight status because he had memorized the Snellen eye chart! Scary!

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