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3rd class medical

Hello all,
I have a concern about receiving my med cert. I had a spontaneous pneumothorax back in 2010 and it was very minor at that and I reported it on the application process. I’ve read that it is disqualifying but things may be done to surpass the issue. My med examiner didn’t seem alarmed about it but sent in all documents and X-rays. I wanted to ask if you guys have known anyone that flies that has had this happen to them before or if you have any insight? I may be worrying too much but I can’t help it because this is a dream I’ve had since I was still in diapers.

Gabriel,

I am not familiar with the condition you mention, but that doesn’t mean much at all. Just relax and see what the FAA comes back with, they can be pretty good about working with people to get them in the sky.

Chris

Hello,
Maybe I can be of some help, I had 3 spontaneous pneumo’s about 15 years ago, I had the issue corrected with a plurodisys and have had no issues since, my FAA examiner also said he wasn’t overly concerned, though it may be due to the corrective surgery, Ive seen on NASA’s website, I believe that as long as it has been corrected without further symptom, you are eligible to return to flight. I had to meet with a pulmonologist and have a comprehensive exam, and current x-rays, he too was not concerned, having been so long without issue, in his words, the matter was resolved. Now this said, every case is different, the corrective surgery may only be necessary if there was more than one pneumo, if you take some medications as a result, this too may be an issue. I think if it hasn’t repeated, and your not currently treating it, you’ll be OK, but don’t take my word, just going by what I have learned in the process. After my evaluation from the flight surgeon and specialist, the FAA issued my first class. Be aware though it took them almost two months to get back to me, and it was frustrating, but all’s well that ends well, Sorry for the lengthy explanation, but I feel for you. Good luck.
Kris

Thank you so much for your insight. Still waiting but its only been three weeks. It was so minor, the incident, I hope they just look past it since it was so long ago.