I have read multiple articles on this subject but realize every case is different. Any advice or direction is greatly appreciated!
I recently started my flight training 2 months ago and have 27hrs total. I am hoping to be a career pilot. I went to an AME to get my first class medical and disclosed to him that In 2013 I was arrested for a DUI. The officer asked me if I had eaten that day and I had not so he told me that a breathalyzer test would not work and he would need to perform a blood test. At the time I had a fear of needles and refused the test. This is no excuse and I regret not allowing them to do the test. Later in court my convicted charge was implied consent-civil (misdemeanor). I can proudly say that that evening was the last drink I’ve had in 9 years, 7 months, and 15 days. With the help of an already sober friend, I was able to confide in I officially became abstinent on my 23rd birthday. I truly believe this decision has allowed me to live a better quality of life. I have not had any other offenses or even a parking ticket since.
Because I did not have a BAC level to give my AME he said my application would be defered to the FAA. We performed the medical portion of the test and he transmitted everything to them. The time between that day and when I received the certified letter from them was 50 days. They have requested the police report, My BAC level report and a personal statement. I have written the personal statement explaining what happened and that I have been over for over 9 years now. I did not attend a program or participate in AA because I had a friend to give me advice and quit drinking cold turkey. Is this a problem not being able to prove that I am now sober?
Does anyone think it will be possible for this to be enough for them to pass me or will I have to go through a HIMS program? Is there anything that I am missing that would help the process?
Thank you in advance for any advice!