In the United Sates the FAA sets parameters for three levels of Medical Certification of Certificated Pilots. Third, Second and First. You can find a synopsis of medical standards at the FAA’s medical examiners website.
Synopsis of Medical Standards – Revised April 3, 2006:
Visit the FAA website links below for more information on the requirements and duration of these three medical certifications.
Third Class Medicals:
Until recently, the FAA has required private, recreational, and student pilots, as well as flight instructors, to meet the requirements of and hold a third class medical certificate. They are required to complete an online application and undergo a physical examination with an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner. A medical certificate is valid for five years for pilots under age 40 and two years for pilots age 40 and over.
Beginning on May 1, pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds.
For Second and First Class Medicals:
Today is my Sweet Pea’s 8th birthday. I wish I could tell her Happy Birthday and give her a big hug and kiss from her Daddy. I miss her so much I’d scoop her up, hold onto her all day and just talk about anything and everything we’ve missed and all the fun things she wants to do and see.
Her Daddy has a broken heart and tears up with Love and sadness when he thinks about her, how much he has missed. I last saw my precious Theresa when she was 4 years old. The last words I have heard her speak are “I Love my Daddy and I miss my Daddy.”
Theresa was always so energetic, happy, laughing and joking around with big grinning smiles. Now, all I see in pictures is a drawn face and sad disconnected smile. I’m sad too Sweat Pea; I’m looking forward to turning our frowns upside down real soon. Your Daddy never forgot you or gave up on us. I know it’s been so long, frustrating and confusing for everyone we have to patient and steadfast in our resolve. I love my children too much to make hasty mistakes.
I have the truth and facts in our favor and we simply have to be patient. Get ready because there is a super bright light at the end of this tunnel for all of us.
I Love you so very very much my Sweet Pea, my tiny Theresa! She always has and always will have a special place in my heart and soul just for her.
From a Loving Grieving Father–Theresa’s Daddy
I miss my boy immensely. I want to wish him a very Happy Birthday from the warmest center of my heart. I keep him and his brother and sisters in my heart and thoughts daily.
I deeply love my son, my heart hurts to be separated from him and his brother and sisters, especially for this long. I wish Matthew the happiest Birthday wish a Father could wish his son. I’m so proud of him and his accomplishments at school; and, his taking care of Alexandria, Theresa and John…I know he is because that’s the kind and caring hearted person he was, going above and beyond to help others and make them feel better.
The best Birthday gift I can give him now (besides the cool Robot kit) is the assurance that I LOVE him dearly and I’m standing up to the Bullies that have ripped us and this family apart–We will be reunited soon; and, we’ll have the rest of our lives to make up and rebuild all we have lost, including:
- Our talks, helping him through life ups-and-downs, like battling evil forces…
- Helping him with school and relationships, school can be fun you know…
- Teaching him to drive the Golf Cart and eventually his own Car…
- Teaching him how to fly and take care of airplanes…
- Our BIG hugs and just spending fun time together…
- Our missed vacations Skiing, Water Park, Camping, Sailing, and just being adventurous, like when he and everyone came to work to surprise me on Fathers Day…
- Seeing him perform and compete in school events, swimming and Cross Country running. I look forward to recapturing and making new memories with him.
Even as I write this, I know those surrounding him have stepped up their pressured influence, manipulation and continued mantra of untrue statements. They will continue to say things like “your Dad’s a manipulator,” and, “your Dad will lie and say anything…” and, “there’s something broken in his head,” even, “Daddy did this to us, it’s all his fault…” Those and all their hateful statements are simply untrue. I am firmly planted in the truth and I relish the day I will prove it to him and his siblings this December.
If I could, I would share with Matthew a statement from a young teenage girl that was ripped from her father. During a divorce, the other parent wanted full custody and control over the children. The teenage girl was coerced by surrounding family members, therapists and social workers. The conflicting feeling inside her to what they were saying eventually helped her realize that the truth resided in her. So, she wanted to share something very important to other kids dealing with the same thing she went through…
All my LOVE Matthew, I miss him so very much!
We were busy all day last Monday turning wrenches and removing all four cylinders on the Piper Arrow. It was a gorgeous day and a lot of friends and fellow aviators were out and about at the airport.
It’s been years since I worked on an airplane like this. We used to work on our own planes, under certified mechanic supervision of course, when we owned the flight school on Long Island, NY. It’s important to be organized and get your game face on when working on airplanes.
With the right tools and great guidance from the supervising mechanic, the work is easy and fun. It’s incredible how clean and like new this engine is on the inside and out.
Just look at the inside of this engine. It’s very impressive.
We originally intended to replace all the cylinder with new ones; but, when we saw how clean and like new they were, we just cleaned them up and reinstalled them.
These are the projects and moments I wish I were sharing with my children right now. I’m sure at least one of my kids would love to get greasy and dirty working on airplanes. By this time next year we should be months into catching up on all that lost time.
I’m looking forward to teaching them the ins-and-outs of airplanes and how to take care of them. Understanding how aircraft work internally and respecting good care and maintenance is an important element to a competent pilots foundation. Of course the best part of working on airplane is getting to test fly them when your done.
This was such an awesome experience I wish I was able to share it with my kids. I’ll definitely make it a Family adventure during the next Solar Eclipse coming up.
I had now idea it would be both fun and exciting to watch and witness such an event. It definitely fits in that category of things that you would never expect to be so cool!
It’s almost as excilerating as watching the space shuttle launch. Almost!
Well, enjoy these photos…the next time I’ll be with my children and we’ll take lots of photo then too.
Keep Moving Forward!
From that wonderful Disney movie, The Robinsons. What a wonderful theme and message for youngsters and adults alike.
It’s okay and expected to make mistakes and goof things up from time to time. Growth and learning comes from those mistakes and moving forward, trying and trying again until we get it right or figure it out.
Let go of the failures and embrace the successes.