I am planning to start at ATP as soon as possible for their airline program, so I went for my Class 1 medical 2 weeks ago and was not given a passing certificate nor a fail. My AME said I will pass with flying colors since I have nothing else wrong with me besides taking a single low dose of blood pressure medication, but that the FAA would possibly want to see more records on my blood pressure medication before passing me. Has anyone else ever been in this situation or had friends with this situation?
My pressure was perfect at 120/62 in the AME’s office and I have never had any symptoms from the medications or any recent changes in dosage, etc. I passed the vision test, provided the urine specimen, etc. as well.
According to the CACI - Hypertension Worksheet on the FAA website, without any symptoms, changes, or on substantial medications that are listed as disqualifiers, the AME is able to give the Certificate immediately. So this had me confused?
I am overly eager to begin the ATP program but I have seen online that I cannot begin their program until I have the Class 1 Medical Certificate in my hand.
My AME said that the FAA can take around a month or two to get back with me about my situation. Is this about accurate or is there any way to check on the status or speed up the process?
I have taken steps in the last 3 months to lose a decent amount of weight, eating healthier, and also going to the gym a few days per week. My goal is to get completely off the blood pressure medication be the end of the year if possible. I have kept a log and showed the AME my log of blood pressures I take at home, my wife checks mine and has been a nurse as well as myself for 8+ years.
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to see if anyone has some advice?