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11-11-2014, 09:21 AM
Afternoon All,

In 2011 I was arrested for a DWI and lost my medical certificate. At the time I did not pursue getting my medical reinstated and instead focused on sobriety and getting my life back in order. I attended a 28 day treatment facility and have been sober since the incident. After 3 1/2 years I've decided to try in get back in the cockpit. I went to the AME for an examination and of course it was deferred, which I was expecting. I just received my letter from the FAA statING the required steps to get medical approved.

-Copies of pertinent treatment records
-A detailed statement from myself regaregarding past and presentertainment alcohol use.
-At least 3 letters from a responsible individual such as a counselor, employer, physician, minister.
-Police/investigation report
-Copies of court records
-All records associted with care/treatment of alcohol abuse
-Complete copy of my driving record.

The DWI was reduced to a reckless operation although I do have a DWI conviction from 2003 that has been previously reported to the FAA. I have all the requested documentation above.

My questions are,

What are my chances of getting my medical certificate back?

Who long does the process take?

Are there any other steps I should take to increase the odds of rein statement?

Thank you in advance

11-11-2014, 10:56 AM
Contact "Birds of a Feather" They can answer all your questions.

11-11-2014, 11:05 AM
Check your PM

11-12-2014, 07:51 AM
I'm confidant you'll get it back after jumping through the requisite hoops. You did treatment, and have been abstaining for 3+ years so assuming you can prove that to the FAA's satisfaction they should have no grounds for withholding a medical.

11-12-2014, 02:28 PM
Just as those stated above especially what rickair7777 said about jumping through all the hoops. Prepare yourself.

May I just add that you may want to also prepare yourself for what is called a HIMS evaluation. The FAA may or may not require you to get this evaluation. Each case is reviewed separately and on an individual basis. This evaluation has two parts; neuro-psychological and psychiatric. These exams vary in cost. Usually from $2300-$3200 depending on where you're located. In addition, you'll have to secure the services of a HIMS AME. This is the AME that will actually approve/issue you your Special Issuance (SI) medical certificate if I'm not mistaken. As it sounds, you shouldn't have any problems.

All the best my friend. Blue skies.