Hello! I have started the process of enrolling at ATP and am getting ready to move from MI to TX for it. I’m so excited to begin my journey to being a commercial pilot. I have a concern about getting my first class medical certification however. I didn’t initially think it would be a problem. I have a heart condition that was discovered a little over two years ago and has been successfully treated with medication since then. It is called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Essentially, my heart doesn’t pump enough blood back to my head when standing for prolonged periods. This was discovered when I passed out a few years ago. I assumed I would be alright because it has been treated successfully with no problems for two years now. However, the medication that regulates it is actually an anti-depression medication which I found out is not approved by the faa. I was hoping to get a SI since the medication is not used to treat depression.
I am wondering if anyone has insight for me on how I should go about trying to get certification. I am considering contacting a pilot’s medical certification advocate group for guidance… any suggestions or tips for me? I just can’t accept that this condition would disqualify me! It does not effect my daily life in any way. I don’t want to give up on my dream of flying!