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.
- 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
- 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
- You don't need a second class unless your going to exercise the
- Due to the oppressive workload, there has a been a change of
policy at the FAA Medical Certification branch in Oklahoma
- 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"
- The government's lawyers have to look out for potential legal
- The public has been made to fear small aircraft and has no
- 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
- 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
- Put your name and pilot certificate number on every page of
- Send the documents to OKC via Certified Mail with return
- 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
- If you decide against applying or are advised not to apply for
medical certification you should work to qualify for Sport
- 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
- 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,
- 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
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