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|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 7.3|
flight time total : 170
flight time type : 170
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I was improperly granted class III medical certificate on jun/wed/02, and have probably been flying illegally since soloing as a student on jun/mon/02. The certificate was probably invalid because I was taking both zoloft and aricept. When I went to the AME's office yesterday for renewal of prescriptions and for some other minor issues, doctor asked if I had been flying while on the medications. I confirmed that I had. The doctor then called another doctor, discussed my situation with him and returned to tell me that I should not fly until I had been off of the drugs for 90 days. He also questioned whether I had made him aware that I had been taking the mentioned drugs at the time of my class III medical examination, which I said that I had. He then checked his files and discovered that the relevant pre-examination questionnaire form indeed had a clear written indication that I was then taking both of the mentioned drugs. I have discontinued both flying as PIC and taking the mentioned drugs. My intent is to stay off of both mentioned medications and then to fill out a new pre-examination questionnaire form and to take the examination again 90 days hence. If I pass that examination then I will fly again afterwards.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A PLT REALIZES AFTER THE FACT THAT HE WAS FLYING WHILE USING A PRESCRIPTION DRUG THAT WAS NOT ALLOWED.
Narrative: I WAS IMPROPERLY GRANTED CLASS III MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ON JUN/WED/02, AND HAVE PROBABLY BEEN FLYING ILLEGALLY SINCE SOLOING AS A STUDENT ON JUN/MON/02. THE CERTIFICATE WAS PROBABLY INVALID BECAUSE I WAS TAKING BOTH ZOLOFT AND ARICEPT. WHEN I WENT TO THE AME'S OFFICE YESTERDAY FOR RENEWAL OF PRESCRIPTIONS AND FOR SOME OTHER MINOR ISSUES, DOCTOR ASKED IF I HAD BEEN FLYING WHILE ON THE MEDICATIONS. I CONFIRMED THAT I HAD. THE DOCTOR THEN CALLED ANOTHER DOCTOR, DISCUSSED MY SIT WITH HIM AND RETURNED TO TELL ME THAT I SHOULD NOT FLY UNTIL I HAD BEEN OFF OF THE DRUGS FOR 90 DAYS. HE ALSO QUESTIONED WHETHER I HAD MADE HIM AWARE THAT I HAD BEEN TAKING THE MENTIONED DRUGS AT THE TIME OF MY CLASS III MEDICAL EXAM, WHICH I SAID THAT I HAD. HE THEN CHKED HIS FILES AND DISCOVERED THAT THE RELEVANT PRE-EXAMINATION QUESTIONNAIRE FORM INDEED HAD A CLR WRITTEN INDICATION THAT I WAS THEN TAKING BOTH OF THE MENTIONED DRUGS. I HAVE DISCONTINUED BOTH FLYING AS PIC AND TAKING THE MENTIONED DRUGS. MY INTENT IS TO STAY OFF OF BOTH MENTIONED MEDICATIONS AND THEN TO FILL OUT A NEW PRE-EXAMINATION QUESTIONNAIRE FORM AND TO TAKE THE EXAMINATION AGAIN 90 DAYS HENCE. IF I PASS THAT EXAMINATION THEN I WILL FLY AGAIN AFTERWARDS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.