The Reddit effect and the FAA

The Reddit effect and the FAA

In today’s world, everyone seems to be an expert.  

Advice seems to be free, and you can get it just about anywhere – including Reddit.  

The “Reddit” effect causes you to believe that your situation is the same as everyone else’s when dealing with the FAA.  You wing it on your own, spend lots of time trying to figure it out and get misled by false information.

This is a disaster waiting to happen, especially when dealing with the subtle nuances that the FAA looks for in every situation.  

In this episode, you’ll discover how to spot good advice from bad ones and how not to accidentally leave out important details for you to keep your FAA medical license.  

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Show highlights include: 

  • How to avoid getting false information from so called “online-experts” when it comes to the FAA (2:45)
  • Why using Reddit to get your answers for your FAA certification might leave you without a license (3:40)
  • The “wingman” effect that leaves you in the FAA’s bad books (and how to avoid this) (8:57)
  • Use this simple trick to get your records and documentation for the FAA to be reviewed ASAP (11:14)
  • How to speed up your physicians’ review that puts your application in front of the FAA queue.  (11:33)
  • The Three reasons why most applicant’s FAA medical certifications get denied (and how to stop this from happening to you) (5:52)
  • Why most pilots incorrectly read their medical history and get into trouble with the FAA (7:55)
  • The two professions you need on your side to make sure your certification process goes smoothly with the FAA (14:05)
  • Why you should never provide this “classified” type of information to the FAA (17:13)

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The Reddit effect and the FAA

Fighting the FAA on an Intentional Falsification Charge

An intentional falsification charge is deadly. It can result in a total revocation of all your certifications, and can keep you stuck to the ground for at least a year. 

So, how do you fight the FAA on an intentional falsification charge? Well, first some good news: The FAA won’t come knocking without reason. 

But it can still happen, and for reasons that may not even be on your radar. 

But don’t worry… In this episode, you’ll discover what an intentional falsification charge means, how to best fight it to win your case, and examples of what can make the FAA come knocking. 

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Show highlights include: 

  • Why falsifying your AMA medical certification results in total revocation of your ability to fly (2:14)  
  • How a revocation “nukes” all your certifications you worked hard to earn (and how you can reapply for certifications) (3:30) 
  • The 3 elements the FAA must establish to prove intentional falsification (5:21) 
  • How a recent therapy session can make the FAA deny your certification (and how to get around them) (7:45) 
  • 3 examples of how the FAA can find out about intentional falsities (even though they won’t actively hunt them down) (18:45) 
  • How to tell the truth on your medical certification (without oversharing and causing the FAA to investigate) (22:36)
  • Why treating your FAA investigation like an arrest protects yourself from losing your flying license (23:33)
The Reddit effect and the FAA

FAA Medical Certification with a DUI

Alcohol is a complicated topic – especially when dealing with the FAA.  Each situation is treated uniquely, and your personal history plays a role.

The FAA has specific guidelines for you having a substance issue problem and they definitely don’t make it easy.

Once you are labeled as having a “substance issue” you might never be able to fly again.

This is why you have to be careful how you present your personal statements.

The “gray” areas are where they get you.

On the one hand, you could have one DUI and never be able to fly again. Or have multiple DUI’s and fly without a problem.

In this episode, you’ll discover the ins and outs of how to deal with the FAA when it comes to substance abuse issues.  Plus, we reveal  the tricks the FAA uses to catch you in these “gray” areas.

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Show highlights include: 

  • How to answer question “18V” if you were arrested (even if you were dismissed) (3:21)
  • Why understanding the difference between “substance abuse” and “substance dependence” can help you keep your license (8:00)
  • The “special issuance” report required if you have substance dependence (8:46)
  • The 6 “substance issues” requirement by the FAA that you must do to keep your license (9:09)
  • Always be honest in your “personal statement” (10:28)
  • The 4 things the FAA looks for when evaluating you as having “substance dependence” (11:42)
The Reddit effect and the FAA

FAA Medical with Past Anxiety

Pilots with even a mild case of anxiety should proceed with caution when dealing with the FAA.

The big bad FAA can be sneaky with their set of questions. In fact, they could be setting you up for a trap.

How do you avoid these potholes set up by the FAA?

There is no simple answer.  Every case is like a “snowflake” with unique variables.  

The complexity is frustrating and filling out the wrong form (including providing too much information) will leave you grounded without ever flying again.

In this episode, you’ll discover the ins and outs of how to navigate the system created by the FAA if you have a history of anxiety or are currently enduring it now.  

Listen now:

Show highlights include: 

  • How you should answer the dreaded “Question 18 M” on the medical application (especially if you have anxiety) (2:14)
  • Why most pilots underestimate the term “History of Anxiety” when filling out their medical application (proceed with caution) (2:23)
  • How this medication can prevent you from flying forever (even if its been years since you’ve taken it) (3:43)
  • The 3 things you must always keep a record of when the FAA comes knocking on your door (5:23) 
  • The psychiatric treatment that can leave you without a license (even if you think its minor) (5:28)
  • The sneaky way the FAA sets you up for a trap with these sets of questions (5:42)
  • Don’t fall for this “records” strategy by the FAA when they ask you for historical information (6:13) 
  • The best time to bring in an attorney to review your file (most do it too late) (22:33)