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|Locale Reference||airport : anc|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 2400
flight time type : 600
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||other personnel other|
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|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On oct/mon/1988 I looked at my medical and discovered that is was expired. I turned down a flight that had been scheduled to me. I went home, called the chief pilot, director of operations at their home and told them that I couldn't fly that night because of my expired medical. I went in to get a current medical the next day. I went to talk to the director of operations and told him I was the one who had found out about it. In september of 1988 I was to get a new medical but was sent to bethel, ak to fly for 2 weeks and when I had gotten back I found a notice of medical in my box at work. It was supposed to be done by the XXXX of the month and if late I had to have the director of operation sign so he did and I put it back into my box when I got back and had him sign. I put it in my box and I was scheduled to attend recurrent training the first week in oct so I had about 5 days off in a row. I got back to work and had about 16 pages of other paper work in my box and didn't dig through and forgot to get my medical. I am now on 2 week leave without pay for this ordeal. The director of operations asked me who I had called. I had called him the chief pilot and the company attorney about this. He asked if I had told the FAA. I said no. I told him I could of probably kept quiet and went to get my medical without saying anything but I was too honest to do that. He told me not to go to the FAA, and didn't want me to fill out this form, I put the company attorney advised me to fill this out and send it in. I already admitted it is my fault to the company for letting the medical to expire. I talked to other captains and coplts in the company and they said I was given too harsh of punishment. The director of operations said I embarrassed him and made him look stupid. I feel it is my fault and the company's training department's fault because they should not have let me fly 1 day without a current medical. I will never let my medical expire again after this lesson.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MEDICAL EXPIRED.
Narrative: ON OCT/MON/1988 I LOOKED AT MY MEDICAL AND DISCOVERED THAT IS WAS EXPIRED. I TURNED DOWN A FLIGHT THAT HAD BEEN SCHEDULED TO ME. I WENT HOME, CALLED THE CHIEF PILOT, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT THEIR HOME AND TOLD THEM THAT I COULDN'T FLY THAT NIGHT BECAUSE OF MY EXPIRED MEDICAL. I WENT IN TO GET A CURRENT MEDICAL THE NEXT DAY. I WENT TO TALK TO THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND TOLD HIM I WAS THE ONE WHO HAD FOUND OUT ABOUT IT. IN SEPTEMBER OF 1988 I WAS TO GET A NEW MEDICAL BUT WAS SENT TO BETHEL, AK TO FLY FOR 2 WEEKS AND WHEN I HAD GOTTEN BACK I FOUND A NOTICE OF MEDICAL IN MY BOX AT WORK. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE BY THE XXXX OF THE MONTH AND IF LATE I HAD TO HAVE THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION SIGN SO HE DID AND I PUT IT BACK INTO MY BOX WHEN I GOT BACK AND HAD HIM SIGN. I PUT IT IN MY BOX AND I WAS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND RECURRENT TRAINING THE FIRST WEEK IN OCT SO I HAD ABOUT 5 DAYS OFF IN A ROW. I GOT BACK TO WORK AND HAD ABOUT 16 PAGES OF OTHER PAPER WORK IN MY BOX AND DIDN'T DIG THROUGH AND FORGOT TO GET MY MEDICAL. I AM NOW ON 2 WEEK LEAVE WITHOUT PAY FOR THIS ORDEAL. THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ASKED ME WHO I HAD CALLED. I HAD CALLED HIM THE CHIEF PILOT AND THE COMPANY ATTORNEY ABOUT THIS. HE ASKED IF I HAD TOLD THE FAA. I SAID NO. I TOLD HIM I COULD OF PROBABLY KEPT QUIET AND WENT TO GET MY MEDICAL WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING BUT I WAS TOO HONEST TO DO THAT. HE TOLD ME NOT TO GO TO THE FAA, AND DIDN'T WANT ME TO FILL OUT THIS FORM, I PUT THE COMPANY ATTORNEY ADVISED ME TO FILL THIS OUT AND SEND IT IN. I ALREADY ADMITTED IT IS MY FAULT TO THE COMPANY FOR LETTING THE MEDICAL TO EXPIRE. I TALKED TO OTHER CAPTAINS AND COPLTS IN THE COMPANY AND THEY SAID I WAS GIVEN TOO HARSH OF PUNISHMENT. THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS SAID I EMBARRASSED HIM AND MADE HIM LOOK STUPID. I FEEL IT IS MY FAULT AND THE COMPANY'S TRAINING DEPT'S FAULT BECAUSE THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE LET ME FLY 1 DAY WITHOUT A CURRENT MEDICAL. I WILL NEVER LET MY MEDICAL EXPIRE AGAIN AFTER THIS LESSON.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.