Sunday, September 29, 2013

Okay, Paper Work Sent to FAA

My kidney transplant doctor appoint, after being delayed by a month, went very well.  All of my numbers are within guidelines and medications are working well.  As far as he is concerned he does not need to review my blood work monthly, and opting for every other month. 

So, once my doctor completed his evaluation for the FAA, it was in the mail within 18 hours. 

Now, I begin the waiting game for my approval from Oklahoma FAA so that I can take official exam from my AME.  Usually, they are very reasonable and if I want to start some flying lessons before then I guess I can call and request them to expedite my paperwork.  Until then I might as well do ground school again and re-take my written and see if I can repeat that 93% I got last time. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Update ... End of summer, 2013

Here we are in August, and very little has become reality on the aviation front.  Sort of.

If you happen following this blog you know that pretty much my time has been consumed as a caregiver for a senior parent.  This pretty much means that I cannot work a regular fulltime job.  And those of you who fly understand clearly that no money equals no flying.  But that is with me, because pretty much it is an honor to take care of the parent.

I did not renew my medical last year, but I am in the process of doing that right now.  Four weeks ago I saw my liver transplant doctor after undergoing a colonoscopy two weeks prior to that appointment.  The results from the colonoscopy were very good, followed up with the appointment, my regular checkup, and my liver functions are exceptional.  Therefore, six years after my liver kidney transplant my liver is working fine.  Unfortunately, my appointment with my kidney doctor was postponed due to a scheduling conflict and postponed until the second week in September.  Based upon my monthly lab reports from my blood work, my kidney doctors should give me the same report to turn into the FAA.  My blood lab resents over the past year have been extremely steady, and over the past three months have actually been exceptional.

Do two my transplant surgeries the FAA requires me to send in annual reports from both of my physicians, and annually the FAA will clear me for another year of flying.

All in all, I really have no worries about my upcoming medical evaluations.  My only concern is that when these reports go to the FAA somehow they seem to get lost in the shuffle and I have to wait 3 to 4 months before I get my approval.  At the same time, when I called the FAA months ago on their secret phone number I was advised by one of the staff that they will expedite with the simple phone request.  So I guess there’s nothing to worry about here.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Back in the Air. Sorta.

Over the past two years I have been absent from flying and to be honest about it, I really have a lot of sad days when I see CAVU. 

Living on final approach to KCGF’s runway 6 does not help matters much.  Listening to the tower on my aviation radio makes me long for just an hour here and there detached from the ground.

Yesterday, a friend from my home base, 16G invited me for a ride in the 150 and I eagerly accepted.  Due to the ever changing weather in Cleveland, I was checking it constantly for 72 hours before the flight.  In Cleveland, if you don’t like the weather just wait, it will change before the next hour.

The flight was bumpy and it was hazy, but it was still great.  We flew to 38D for pie and coffee and back again to get the plane to the next renter. 

So why have I been out of the air for so long?  Two words.  Family First.

A few years ago my step father passed away, and eventually I moved in to take care of mom.  Also, my income was cut off and due to taking care of her I can not work except for a few hours out of the house.  So, pretty much I am tied to the ground and I hope that this year brings me better results.

Yesterday reminded me of the many things that I have been missing over the past few years and have come to the conclusion that something has to change, and soon.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FAA Medical Exam Coming Up

Here we go. The dreaded FAA medical exam.

Mine situationi is different than most pilots. We before I can take my exam I have to turn in preliminary paperwork to the FAA to get permission to take my medical with the local AME.

Two days from now I meet with my kidney transplant physician. With him, my main concern is my blood pressure and kidney functions. All of my kidney functions number have been pretty much on target which leads my next concern, my blood pressure.

Currently I'm taking a medication called Amlodipine, and so far the results have been fairly stable. Once a week I regularly check my blood pressure levels. Once a month I may not take my blood pressure meds for two to three days and then check the level. I have a history of being pre-hypertensive, which means I am in the caution range for hypertension but below the danger level.

To keep the FAA happy I need to be below 140/90. Currently without medications for three days my blood pressure level averages 129/81.

I pretty much believe that my blood pressure levels have been decreasing due to the fact that I exercise at the gym three to four times a week. My exercise regiment include weightlifting and cardio. My cardio exercise primarily is 45 minutes on the elliptical machine.

With pretty much everything being within guidelines I should receive a decent letter from my kidney physician.

In two weeks I meet my liver physician, and pretty much everything should be the same with him. Five days ago I met with him for my annual colonoscopy. (Yes, mine is annual due to the medications that I take for my transplant.)

After I receive my letters from my liver and kidney physicians, and maybe one other letter from another physician explaining my osteoporosis (common for transplant recipients), which is very minor, I send in that package to the FAA and request my authorization to take my medical exam with my local AME.

So far with the FAA and everything has been pretty smooth, contrary to what many of the pilots have gone through. Maybe they just like me?:)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Two of My Airports Are Closed

On my 'Airports I Want to Fly Into' list on the left, two of them are close.

Cornelia Fort is where I took my first flying lesson when I was 14. I wanted to make M88 my first long cross country once I was licensed.

Seven Spring is also closed. When I was flying at Chagrin Falls (closed), that was our $25 hamburger location. Yes, $25 hamburger, not $100 hamburger. It was that long ago.

Sad that locations like these are devastated due to flood and the economy.

In my mind, both places had significance so they can not even be replaced with other airports. I guess you have to fly to get it, huh?

Monday, August 29, 2011

WOW!! Lookie Here!

Got another piece of mail on Saturday and WTF??

My kidney physician and I notified that FAA that I swapped from Clonidine to their approved blood pressure medication. I was told by several of those in the know that I'd have to take the new medication and advise the FAA after 30 days of the current BP levels.

We notified them 1 week after taking the new med that I had been swapped and then would send them the current levels after 30 days.

Well, ... I opened my mail on Saturday, about 7 days before sending the new numbers and WTF?? There was my medical. WOW

Gotta love the FAA. So far, knock on wood, I have had very few problems with them.

So, I am cleared to fly. On the other side, this all comes 45-60 days earlier than planned and I have yet to get into my new insurance business and still lacking commissions, thus, no flying money. Oh well, time to make some insurance calls, huh?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Still Waiting Medical Review from the FAA

Talked to the FAA last Friday and according to them, my medical is under review, still, up for decision shortly. Every year I have to send info from my liver and kidney transplant doctors to get permission to take my annual medical exam. They had my file since May 25th and today is July 23rd. So, remember, the FAA is backed up with files for review. If you need it, do it 3 months ahead of schedule.

August is around the corner and soon, fall flying will be here.

I hope that this new job with the insurance company will allow me to have a lot of flying dough and a chance to finish this goal.