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The FAA has seen fit to grant me an Airman Medical Certificate 3rd Class. Yes, folks, this means that soon I will be flying a little airplane around all by my lonesome... now the only thing between me and becoming a pilot is to time and money! Oh, and lots and lots of training, a test, and an FAA check-ride.

Soon, soon...! My instructor says I'm doing fantastic and am pretty close to soloing. I can't tell you how excited I am!

Okay, I can tell you: pretty damn excited. I was so worried about the whole medical process. It's been eating my brain pretty hard and I've had to force myself to stop worrying. I also really expected it to take longer, since the AOPA and everything I read online said it would be months and they're probably deny me and I'd have to appeal (more months).

Instead, I got a letter yesterday that said: "Mark Smith, you are ineligible for a medical certificate as per FAR parts blah blah blah... but I am going to issue a special issuance authorization..." In short, technically I'm not eligible but they've given me an exception (until 2019) that allows my Airman Medical Examiner (AME) to issue me a certificate as long as certain conditions haven't been met. (In essence, as long as my health gets no worse and my medication doesn't change.)

Of course, I still have to go in yearly for re-authorization (instead of the normal every-5-years cycle for under-40s), but at least I am allowed to fly. This is huge and awesome.

Yesssss!

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Date: 2013-04-17 06:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janinedog
Woo, congrats! :)

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Date: 2013-04-17 06:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rainbow
Eeeee, congratulations, Mark! I'm happydancing for you!

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Date: 2013-04-17 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] phoenix
That's damn cool! Happy flying!

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Date: 2013-04-17 07:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alierak
Yay!

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Date: 2013-04-17 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] synecdochic
\o/

you know, the amex platinum card does give you a discount on private jet rental. i just don't know if you're allowed to be the pilot ;)

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Date: 2013-04-17 07:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] strixluna
Woot! Congratulations :)

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Date: 2013-04-18 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
That's awesome!

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Date: 2013-04-18 03:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowspar
Awesome news! Yaaaay, congrats!

...hey, uh, can you swing by KANJ and give me a lift to AUS around June 1st or so? I'll kick in twenty bucks for gas. =)

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Date: 2013-04-18 03:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nicki
Congrats!

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Date: 2013-04-18 05:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] afuna
Oh man seriously exciting, congrats :D

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Date: 2013-04-18 07:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] asciident
Congrats!

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Date: 2013-04-18 08:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
Fantastic! Congratulations. I hope you enjoy your new freedom to the fullest extent possible.

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Date: 2013-04-21 07:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snark
So awesome!!! Congratulations! :D