Sample Aviation Paper on Which FAR lists the Specific Disqualifying Conditions

  1. Which FAR lists the specific disqualifying conditions?

FAR refers to the rules that are meant to govern all activities conducted by aviation and are prescribed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The disqualifying conditions are mentioned in FAR Part 67 that prohibits one from flying as a pilot command when taking any medication.

  • Name three specific disqualifying conditions.

 An example of three disqualifying conditions that are listed in FAR Part 67 are; substance dependence that includes drugs or alcohol, Unexplained disturbance of consciousness, and Cardiac valve replacement.  

  • Are you required to obtain a medical certificate to train for a Sports Pilot Certificate?

A medical certificate is a requirement for all persons in the exemption of a sport pilot who is acting as a pilot in command and it is obtained using current and valid US driver’s license.

  • Assume that you had an FAA medical certificate (any class). The certificate was then suspended. May you fly as a sport pilot without obtaining, at least, a third-class medical certificate?

Persons are qualified to exercise sport pilot privileges as a long as they hold current and valid United States driver’s license. It is not, therefore, an obligation to obtain third class medical certificate since, after certification, one does not appear in records held by FAA as having the medical certificates suspended.

  • List the different classes of medical certificates. What class must an air transport pilot maintain? An air traffic controller? A Private Pilot?

There are three kinds of medical certificates; first, second and third class and have different privileges, duration, and requirement. An applicant exercising the privileges of an airline transport pilot is required to hold First class air traffic controller second class and a private pilot must hold at least a third-class medical certificate.

  • The FAA has a two-step process to obtain a medical certificate. What are the steps?

The first step in obtaining medical certificates entails using MedXPress to complete the first section of the application and scheduling an appointment with the Aviation medical examiner (AME). The second step involves reviewing process by FAA.

  • What is the special issuance medical certificate? How do you obtain one?

The special issuance medical certificate is a special issuance with specified validity period whose authorization is granted by a Federal Air Surgeon to an applicant who fails to meet established medical standards. The issuance is obtained when applicants can demonstrate and get an approval of the Federal Air Surgeon that they would perform duties authorized by the medical class without jeopardizing the public safety.

  • What is a SODA? How is this different from a special issuance?

SODA is a Statement of Demonstrated Ability that could be granted to an applicant who has static disqualifying conditions as an alternative of an Authorization. The applicant must be in a position to perform aviator duties without jeopardizing public safety. SODA differs with special issuance in that it does not expire. 

  • You have been denied your medical certificate because of a specific disqualifying condition. What is the process if you wish to appeal the FAA’s denial?

The FAA denial for the medical certificate is based on the specific disqualifying conditions as outlined in part 67 of FAR; the denial is final. However, the applicant may appeal the denial to the NTBS.

  1. What are the two courses of action available to you after the FAA has denied your certificate and you have exhausted administrative appeal rights?

The applicant after exhausting the administrative appeal rights through the NTBS review of FAA denial can appeal for a review to the Court of Appeal and finally appeal to the Supreme Court.

  1. If your health changes to the point where you cannot fly, do you have to notify the FAA immediately?

Aviator has an ultimate responsibility of determining the fitness of a flight and hence should report any major health changes with FAA during the next medical examination.

  1. You have entered some incorrect information on FAA Form 8500-8, what are the potential consequences?

The possible consequences of falsification of information in FAA form 8500-8 include the revocation or suspension of all aviator, ground instructor and medical certificates. The ratings held by the individual involved are also revoked and be prosecuted for making a false statement.

  1. You have a few drinks, decide to drive, and are stopped by a police officer after a party. They cite you for driving under the influence of alcohol. List the process you must follow in reporting this information to the FAA.

The procedure involves providing written notification to the FAA stating the personal name, address, date of birth, the states holding the record of conviction and a statement of a motor vehicle involved in the incidence. Finally, provide the same report to the FAA Civil Aviation Security Division.

  1. Regarding Question 13, how many days do you have to report the infractions?

The report must be submitted within 60 days of the motor vehicle action.