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Mar 10, 2006

Special guest "Doctor Bruce" Chien talks about medicals and multi engines as he joins the hangar flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

Dr. Bruce Chien on a Lifeline Pilots mission
  • Introducing "Dr. Bruce" Chien, M.D..
    • Dr. Chien is an FAA certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
    • Dr. Chien serves as a member of the AOPA Medical Advisory Board.
    • Dr. Chien is a volunteer pilot, board member, and the past chairman of Lifeline Pilots, the volunteer pilots association serving the Midwestern U.S.
  • Kent just got his second class medical.  He's going for a commercial rating.
  • You don't need a second class unless your going to exercise the privileges.
  • Due to the oppressive workload, there has a been a change of policy at the FAA Medical Certification branch in Oklahoma City.
    • They will no longer review medical records unless they accompany an application for medical certification.
    • This change means you need to consult with an experienced AME before applying now more than ever.
    • Because there may not be a second chance, the AME has to give any chance to talk to OKC the highest priority, which is a huge burden on the AME's practice.
  • A review of the Sport Pilot "driver's license medical" Catch-22.
    • The government's lawyers have to look out for potential legal liability.
    • The public has been made to fear small aircraft and has no sympathy.
  • Find a good AME!
  • How Dr. Chien became an AME.
  • The part 121, commercial and airline pilots, "the first class guys" don't need as much help with medical certification because they have resources, do the research, and come in prepared.  It's the "third class guys" who tend to have complicated medical issues.
  • If need to obtain or renew a special issuance medical certification.
    • Have your information ready BEFORE you visit the AME.
    • Gather the information specified in the special issuance letter 90 days before your certificate expires.  So you can make this date, Make the appointment(s) with your doctor 120 days before.
    • Put your name and pilot certificate number on every page of your documents.
    • Send the documents to OKC via Certified Mail with return receipt.
    • It is good to let OKC you are "interested." Call OKC in about 6 weeks and politely and patiently inquire. If you don't call your file may move DOWN in the queue!
  • ALWAYS tell the truth, and the whole truth.  You DO NOT want be caught in a lie.
  • You can get some help from resources like the AOPA medical desk.
  • If you decide against applying or are advised not to apply for medical certification you should work to qualify for Sport Pilot.
    • Ask your personal doctor(s) for an opinion on whether you are qualified to fly.
    • If you have no information that you are otherwise not qualified you are legal to fly Sport Pilot.
  • If you think have an issue call your AME for advice. Don't give up before you give it a try.
  • Find an AME who have experience with your condition who is willing to call OKC on your behalf if necessary.
  • Doctor Bruce's tips on flying a twin safely.
    • Have a list of the minimum critical takeoff distances. 
    • He developed his own list the hard way!
    • Brief on EVERY TAKEOFF.  Decide what you are going to do before your apply the power.
    • Use the scale to know the actual load.
    • He always flies his Piper Seneca with a safe margin under maximum gross weight.
  • The critical V speeds in a multi engine.
    • The best rate of climb on a single engine.
    • V1 : Decision speed. Generally the speed at which the airplane can either stop in the remaining runway distance, or continue to takeoff with the loss of the critical engine. Corrected. Thanks, Len
  • In the News: A Cessna hits terrain and shears off the wings while talking to a buddy on the ground on his cell phone.
  • Some automated flight service stations are requesting you have "Advisory Information Alpha," which is the multi page blanket security advisory NOTAM.  Not all of them have that message. 

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