JETBLUEATASW From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3594 times:
Well yesterday i just got my class II medical which is required for when i start vaughn college and to continue my flight training. Im hoping all goes well, im supposed to fly on friday. I went to JFK medical services building 198 by the JetBlue hangar. LOL pay tribute to my name. Anyways I didnt get a chance to speak to any airline pilots, but i know they where there. I was wondering if any of you know, what is the difference between the Class II examination and the class I examination? For my examination, they asked me to fill the cup(I dont think i need to elaborate there) then they did my blood pressure, they asked me how tall i was which i am 6'3. My blood pressure was normal and everything else checked out. They were unsure about my eye exam because they said my left eye is stronger than my right eye. Thats interesting because my left eye is lazy because when i was born they had to cut it open. Who would have thought my left eye is stronger than my right eye. Anyways it was eye test after that(they did a second one and found myself proven to be ok medically) They did the reflex test where they hit your kneecaps, they also tested the usual stuff. I got my class II and its good for one year. How long are the medical certificates usually good for?
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Mustang304 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3569 times:
Class I is good for 6 months (required for ATP), Class II (required for Commercial Ops) is good for a year and Class III (Private Pilot) is good for 2 or 3 years depending on your age. The nice thing is, your Class II will turn into a Class III after the 1 year period.
CBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1575 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3449 times:
Quoting Mustang304 (Reply 2): Class I is good for 6 months (required for ATP), Class II (required for Commercial Ops) is good for a year and Class III (Private Pilot) is good for 2 or 3 years depending on your age. The nice thing is, your Class II will turn into a Class III after the 1 year period.
Ahhh....thats a bit misleading. Actually Class I privileges are good for 6 months. However, it is still a first class medical for 2-3 years depending on your age!! Same with class 2, the commercial privileges are good for 12 calender months, however you will still have a class II medical 2-3 years, again age depending! After the year if up, you will only be able to fly with class III privileges, but the little number at the top of the medical will still say II. Just to clarify a bit!!
I guess a congratulations is in order for the original poster, Good Luck with your flight training!!
GeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1006 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3384 times:
Congrats!. Class II means that you can fly commercially. To whit: you can fly passengers and accept payment for gas. Class III CANNOT! Even if your best friend offers to pay for gas, you cannot accept it! Federal regulations. The visual requirements for II are a bit more rigorous than III, but not much, really. As for the validity, Class I automatically reverts to Class II after 6months, unless I is renewed. Similarly, II reverts to III for 2-3 years, if it is not renewed. I ultimately degrades to class III with time. EKGs are required for class I, as is audiometric testing, which is not mandatory for (ahem) the lower classes.
Enjoy, but remember, that certificate is privilege, not an entitlement. You earned it. Treat it with respect, and you will get home safely.
Signed: A 15 year AME.
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Tornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3373 times:
Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 4): Even if your best friend offers to pay for gas, you cannot accept it! Federal regulations.
From what I was told...
If myself and 2 others go for a flight (and I'm a PPL/Class 3) and the fuel (and/or rental) bill is $150 even. We can each pay $50, and still be legal. I was under the belief that you could prorate and split your fuel/rental fees as long as nobody paid over your equal share, and didn't give you money for the actual flying itself.