It’s time for my 3rd class medical.
Well it’s about that time again to get my 3rd class aviation medical examination. I have always had to get one every two years even after the law changed allowing anyone under 40 to extend their visit to once every 5 years. I guess it’s not that bad of a deal, however. I have a small, one doctor medical office I have been using for years which caters in part to the aviation field. During my previous visits I have met commercial pilots from both Delta and AirTran as I have sat waiting for my results. I have not fortunately had to experience a 2nd or even 1st class exam yet as I do not fly for compensation.
I have a fond memory which comes back to mind every time I go. I will never forget my first time. I had expected a thorough physical complete with blood work and everything. After all, I would be at the yoke of an aircraft possibility carrying passengers. I would have other people’s lives in my hands. People who at times would have no idea how to land that plane if something were to happen to me so I must be fit!
As I sat in the waiting room of the doctor’s office I somehow expected it to be a little different but, it was nothing more than my general practitioners office. I remember the Doctor, he loved to talk airplanes although I didn’t respond too much then because of my lack of aviation knowledge (not that I know that much now). The test was pretty cut and dry. He asked me how I felt, asked me to read an eye chart and that was about the extent of it…….. Boy, did I feel like I got my monies worth, LOL.
I have to say that the doctor that I use now does a much better job. It’s still to me not an adequate test but, coupled with a yearly physical at my personal physician’s office I can fly more comfortably.
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Private Pilot insider