Special issuance timeline

Discussion in 'Medical Topics' started by cfiguy, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. cfiguy

    cfiguy Filing Flight Plan

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    Any recent experiences with timeframe to receive a SI? I am coming up on 10 weeks and my status is still "under review," which it has been for weeks.
     
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    Is your AME nagging them on your behalf ?Seems the best I can do for a third class is 8 wks for an initial SI, for unequivocally issueable cardiac SIs (for which repeat field auth. has NOT been granted), about 2 weeks.

    If nobody is nagging them, I have had a few folks complain to me that it's been 12 weeks. They are in a huge hole in OKC....
     
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    Bruce, in your opinion, what creates such a backlog? Not enough staff for the submission quantity? Poorly prepared submissions preventing approval by first level team and requiring either a kick back to the airman or send up chain to the overworked doctors? Something else?

    Is there a lesson to be learned by the rest of us so that when we submit our own, we're not a burden to the system and gain approval from the first level team?
     
  4. cfiguy

    cfiguy Filing Flight Plan

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    I am using AMAS through my airline union at work. They have been checking in weekly, but I have not had any new information. I have called the FAA a few times directly myself, and they have flagged my application. Nobody seems to be able to give me a good timeline, unfortunately. Initially when I first submitted I was told they were running 6-9 weeks. Hopefully I hear something soon.
     
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    A few years ago I had an SI. First class medical. The AME I was using just called on the phone, and I had the SI in my hand in 4 days. Unfortunately that AME has since passed away.

    So yes, I believe the squeaky wheel gets the attention.

    Is it possible the pro-fliers will get their SI before the non-pros?
     
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    That is exactly the situation. Pro is defined as corporate or 121/135.
     
  7. cfiguy

    cfiguy Filing Flight Plan

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    Should I have my regular AME call the FAA instead of relying on AMAS? I have a current first class medical, but am self-grounding until I hear back.
     
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    Took me 18 months. But, mine also got screwed up mid-way and they had to restart the whole process.
     
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    Mine took 6 weeks last summer.
     
  10. cfiguy

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    Received my SI today. Took about 11 weeks from the time the FAA received my paperwork at the end of October.
     
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    My RFS states on my SI letters to submit renewals 30 days prior to the expiration date. OKC says 90 days and the one time I used them it took about 75 days with many, many phone calls. Local works better. My initial SI, issued a few years ago by the same RFS office, took 6 days. I'd advise any airman to use the RFS instead of OKC.