Aviation for Girls

2015

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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30 AVIATION FOR Girls 2015 Keep Track I recommend you keep track of any significant childhood medical conditions, and obtain medical records related to that condition. Examples of conditions that will be reportable to the FAA at the time of your frst medical exam include asthma, migraines, fainting spells, col- or vision problems, cancer, seizures, depression, attention deficit disorder, motion sickness, or any surgeries. The FAA will want to review the medical treatment records related to these and any other signifcant diagnoses. If the condition occurred many years ago, has resolved, and is unlikely to recur, the FAA will likely grant your medical certificate. For ongoing conditions, if stable, the FAA may give you a special issuance authorization, which would require a n nua l updates concer n ing your status. Which Class? While in fight training, you will need a student pilot medical certifcate, and at least a third-class certifcate to solo. Generally, first-class medicals are designed for the airline transport pilot; second-class for the commercial pilot; and third-class for the student, recreational, and private pilot. The medical standards tend to be more stringent for frst- and second-class medical certifcates. Where to Start To begin the medical certifcation process you will frst need to fll out the FAA 8500-8 application through the FAA web- site. The application is completed electronically and you must create an account at https://MedXpress.FAA.gov to begin. The application asks for basic demographic informa- tion, as well as a list of all medications you are taking on a regular basis. Checking with your aeromedical examiner (AME) ahead of time about your medication list is helpful to make sure all medications are allowable per FAA policy. For instance, the antihistamine Zyrtec would be disqualifying while Claritin or Allegra are allowable. In some cases it may mean switching to a different medication before your exam to avoid a denial of your medical certifcation. You will also have to answer gener- al questions about your medical histo- ry. Note that the question asks if you have ever been diagnosed with any of the listed conditions. If you have any of the conditions listed, it is helpful to bring any medical records with you to your exam. Your AME will determine if the condition will require a waiver. In this case, the AME would need to sub- mit past medical records along with a current status report from your treat- ing doctor with your application to the FAA. The FAA will need to review your case before you will get your medical certifcate. This process can take sever- al months. The fnal step will be to list all med- ical provider visits for the last three years. If you saw the same provider on multiple occasions for the same problems (for instance, the orthopedic surgeon for a broken foot), you can list the provider and state multiple visits rather than list- ing each visit separately. Any emergency room visit, hospi- talization, or subspecialist visit (cardiologist, neurologist, retinal specialist) will likely result in a request for clinical notes and testing results. Routine dental and eye exams do not need to be reported. Counseling is not reportable, un- less it resulted in a formal psychiatric diagnosis or medica- tion prescription. You would then electronically submit your application and print out the summary page, or copy down the confrmation number, as your AME will need this to pull up your application. (continued on Page 31) P art of the initial process of becoming a pilot or air traffic controller involves taking your frst FAA medical certifcation examination. This process could be a snap, or rather daunting if you have any medical history of disqualifying conditions. Knowing how this process works and doing some simple preparation can go a long way toward making it run smoothly. GETTING YOUR MEDIC AL M E D I C A L Q & A P A U L A C O R R I G A N , M . D . , M P H If you have any questions regarding past medical conditions or what records you need to bring with you, it is a good idea to discuss this with your AME prior to showing up for your exam.

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