This is my first post on this forum, and I’m sure something like this has been asked on here before; but every case is different so I would like to give as much context to my specific issue as possible. I’ve been digging through multiple forums like JetCareers and Airline Pilot Central and the general concensus is that I am probably OK as long as I have a clean slate from now on.
I will attempt to make this as brief as I can… I am a 22 year old Senior at Ole Miss and although I have been in love with aviation since I was a kid (my dad flies for Delta), I didn’t think it is what I wanted to do until recently. My parents bought an airplane for me to build time and get ratings. So after 6 hours, my instructor, who also instructed my father, thought that I was about ready to solo and suggested I go get a medical.
So on Tuesday I went for my first medical (class 3), and as we all know, the FAA asks for anything you’ve ever been convicted of… so about 3-4 months prior to my 21st (1.5 years ago), I got caught up in a kind of bizarre circumstance due to an error in judgement and a lack of maturity, and got popped with a minor in possession of alcohol charge. It’s a misdemeanor, I wasn’t arrested, and I was NOT in a vehicle. I was standing still in a concert with an empty cup (which are the same cups used for every beverage - alc. and non-alc), was approached by an ABC agent who snatched the cup out of my hand, smelled it, and wrote me a citation. The agent never had any evidence other than anecdotal that it actually was alcohol, which he claimed was something different that what I had. I hired a lawyer to fight it, and when the lawyer read the report, he said that the ABC agent had written the report in a way that the judge would never consider ruling in our favor. In the end, I was a college kid in a college town, so I was guilty no matter what. I heeded his suggestion and I decided to plead guilty and pay the fine in order to be eligible for expungement. I work part time and paid the citation out of my pocket.
So in reference to the medical application form, I didn’t try to hide it, even though it will be sealed/expunged (as the FAA changed the regs on expungement), I disclosed it on the form. The AME said the FAA might cause me issues later and could defer my exam to OKC; but he granted me the medical and I have the paper in my pocket.
To my knowledge, I don’t have any speeding tickets (I could be wrong) or anything else on my record… I am going to do a background check today at the Sheriff’s Dept.
It is my intention to eventually operate part 121, and I’m seeking to inquire how much resistance I will probably encounter attempting to get a SIDA badge, entrance to Canada, getting a 2nd / 1st class medical, and realistically an interview.
Is it likely they will overturn my 3rd class medical?
Is it possible they will force me to go through HIMS or some psychiatric eval because of hypothetical “substance abuse” even though it was a single charge and occurred when i was 20?
Does an MIP appear the same as having DUI?
It will be at least another year, possibly more, before I begin to get my CPL or a 2nd class medical - so i’m hoping that putting time between me and my transgression with help me. It is solely my responsibility that it happened, and at the time I didn’t want to do anything aviation related. The field I had intended to go into doesn’t require security clearances and background checks to the extent the field of commercial aviation requires. I feel like I could explain it in an HR interview setting.