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By oldscoolboy
#1607568
Hi all,

Been a viewer of the forums for a while, some great info on here. Could i tap into some of this knowledge please.

Currently at about 13hours, and into circuit bashing. However after a chat with my instructor yesterday i'm only an hour or 2 off solo. Now there lies the issue.

36 years of age, Class 1 initial completed in Jan 2018, no issues, but i have had a history of paraxysmol atrial fibrilation in 2009/2010 which cleared up in the later year with no episodes to this day. But obviously i have to have a cardiology review. I took the NHS route in getting all the test needed, thinking i had plenty of time, wrong assumption! Although i have the cardiogram and 24hr monitor booked early May, the stress test is booked beginning June. and then i have to send all this off for the decision. More time!

After a chat with the instructor we decided maybe a half hour every 2 weeks to keep my hand in till the medical comes thorugh seems the best approach otherwise i'll be some hours in before i can complete solo and the rest of the course.

Is there any other way of getting a medical certificate so i can continue? Self declaration or other means or have i just lost out too the rule change in April.

Thanks in Advance
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By Flyin'Dutch'
#1607572
Check with School/instructor to see if they are happy to accept the self declaration.

If not, some aren't; then the only way to expedite it is to have teh cardiology work up done privately, but that is quite expensive.
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By PaulB
#1607573
Does self dec apply to student solo? (Thought I'd read that it didn't)
By Lerk
#1607619
Check with your instructor to see if you can shuffle things around a bit.

My medical was delayed while awaiting tests so I carried on with later exercises for a few weeks as I didn't have a medical certificate by the time I was ready to solo. Once my certificate was issued, I solo'd and did my consolidation work.
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By TopCat
#1607620
Even if you're ready for solo, couldn't you just get into dual navigation for a few hours with your instructor and come back to the first solo when you've got the medical sorted out?

Although it feels like a huge milestone, and of course it is, there's no magic rule that says you have to fly solo before you cover other aspects of the course (well, other than a solo land away, obviously!!).

I can't help feeling that that 'proper lessons' would be more productive - and cheaper - long term than treading water with short flights in the meantime.

The first solo will feel just as special whenever it happens.
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By WingedSupra
#1608149
Weird, I read this and thought you were me. Had the same issue back when I was pre-solo at around the same age, with same condition. AME deferred the medical and since I was in a rush I went private to get an exercise ecg and echo done which satisfied the CAA eventually. This was for a class 2 medical though.

Now, even before I got the class 2 I used the NPPL self-certification (GP signsture) go solo. This would have been around 2012 or so.

I hope you get sorted soon.
By oldscoolboy
#1611815
Hi again all,

Thanks for all your suggestions. I had looked into the LAPL route. But assumed that a history of AF would scare a GP into a review or referring to an AME and i'd be in the same place.

I have secumbed to the fact that its just going to take a bit longer and a good chat with the FI has seen that they are happy to bring parts of the syllabus forward to keep me marching on!

Hind sight, i should have started the medical even earlier! :lol:

Fingers crossed the airfield stays where it is!
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By Flyin'Dutch'
#1611839
4535jacks wrote:what about a LAPL medical from your GP? The training for a LAPL and PPL is not too dissimilar. You would need at least a Class 2 before applying for your PPL.


A history of Atrial Fibrillation precludes issue of a LAPL Medical by a GP.