I know that the consensus with the Mentors is to start as quickly as possible because the longer you wait, the more people get in front of you regarding seniority.
Unfortunately because I have a past diagnosis in my 30’s of ADHD and I was prescribed Adderall, I now get to spend this time working with a HIMS AME to get me to be able to fly.
For those with the diagnosis and those just curious here is what has happened with me and my progression.
Found a local HIMS AME to start the process of getting qualified to fly. This particular AME, he/she is the quarterback and you need to pay attention and listen to what they have to say. the FAA treats the diagnosis as a mental disorder and if you were prescribed a stimulant you will be treated the same as an Airman that has a DUI or failed a drug test. Don’t be discouraged if this is truly what you want to do. In discussion with my AME he noted some flaws in the report the past psychologist did regarding my diagnosis. My next step was a referral to a Neuropsychologist for testing.
Fee for HIMS AME: Retainer of $2500
The day of your appointment with the Neuropsychologist you have to be well rested. The way they set this up was two batteries of tests. The first tests cost $1400 and if something came back on the first round I would have to undergo a second round of testing which would increase the cost to $2600. The first round was about 4 hours long and I also had to do a urinalysis while I was there. It consisted of cognitive and memory testing sitting in front of a computer. the second half was part computer, part in front of a live person conducting testing and then a 500+ questionnaire. I was then told that I do not have to take the second round of testing which was relief.
Fee for Neuro testing $1400-$2600 and $36 for urinalysis.
I received a response from my AME about a week later saying that I do not have ADHD and it looks like I am going to fly. My next in person appointment with my AME is on the 28th. I had to sign up with a company for random urinalysis, due to the Adderall prescription in the past, and I was referred to a HIMS Psychiatrist for the final interview and report before my AME starts putting everything together to send to the FAA. My appointment with the Psychiatrist is November 1st. Apparently he is on vacation for 3 weeks.
Fee for Psychiatrist $1000, fee for Urinalysis setup $50, Fee per Urinalysis $190.
As you can see I have some money invested in getting me to the next point which is signing up with ATP for flight school. Fortunately I am self employed so I have a very flexible schedule so with my normal daily tasks I treat getting ready to start school as my job. I’m hitting the gym 4 days a week plus cardio and working through King Schools currently with the goal of getting as much written tests done. This is part of my job.
I do appreciate these boards, what people contribute and ask and also the mentors time in responding to posts. I figured that if I can help someone with a past diagnosis of ADHD that might be iffy then this might help. It turns out that I am really smart and just got board with school and past jobs.