Sorry to hear that.
I never really lost my medical, though I failed the class 1.
I applied last year for a class 1 medical, not wanting to start ATPL training without one (wise move, seeing the cost of just a frozen ATPL !). I was afraid a minor (for me) problem in my left eye would prevent me from that. Anyway, eye examination went very well - they did not detect the problem at all !!
However, when the practician checked my back , he told me that there is no way I could ever get a class 1 with a back like that. I have a very acute scoliosis, but my back specialist had told me it should not be a problem. Long story short, he explained me that though at 26 I could feel very well, my back condition would get worse with age, and I could not stand sitting in an aircraft cockpit for hours when I reached 40.
My class 2 medical, however is still valid. As he told me, when I'll be too sore to fly GA
aircraft, I will stop by myself, but at least there would be no impact on my carreer.
It could have been worse, a friend of mine already had his PPL, so he went for class 1 medical, and the EEG detected an anomaly that also voided his class 2. Not only will he be unable to fly commercially, he is also now unable to fly light aircraft as he used too.
Anyway, I hope those 6 months will fly by quite fast for you (pun a bit intended
Are you still allowed to fly small props ? From what you say I gather your class 2 has been suspended as well, but that should not prevent you of flying with a FI
- you just won't be able to log the time as PIC.
Now that it comes to my mind, there is a FI
in my flightclub who lost his medical a few months ago. So he is not allowed to fly solo, but he is still allowed to give flight lessons, as long as the student has already been licenced
. So funny thing, as we have in France a licence called BB
(Base Brevet), which allow a young pilot to fly solo up to 30 km from his airport (plus some extensions, as taking PAX...). So as I hold this kind of licence but have to take cross countries lessons for my PPL, he can still teach me, even though his medical is not valid.
Even more funny, we have here a DGAC (French FAA/CAA equivalent) inspector who lost his medical last year - needless to say he was quite aggravated. Now, he has the same 'partly valid medical' as my aforementioned FI
. So he is now allowed again to give and check PPL checkrides, as long as the candidate already have his BB
Just one thing I wonder (will have to ask someone else about that). Since those two FI
/FE are not allowed to fly solo, are they still allowed to be PIC ? I guess if that is not the case, there is no way I pay for instruction if I am PIC