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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zzz|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 4300
flight time type : 800
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
The incident had its beginning 6 months prior when I destroyed my medical in the washing machine by accident. The fastest way at the time for me to have a medical was to get a new one. This threw me out of a well established pattern of getting medicals in feb and aug. I had one more chance to catch it before it was too late as my company published a list of due dates for check rides and medicals, I didn't check. I was made aware of this mistake by the company training and records section of flight operations when they asked me for the photo copy of my new medical, (my first thought was, what new medical?!). Lesson learned, it's a good idea to open up those pieces of paper on a regular basis and see if they say what you think they say, ie check the document's content as well as their physical presence.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: EXPIRED MEDICAL.
Narrative: THE INCIDENT HAD ITS BEGINNING 6 MONTHS PRIOR WHEN I DESTROYED MY MEDICAL IN THE WASHING MACHINE BY ACCIDENT. THE FASTEST WAY AT THE TIME FOR ME TO HAVE A MEDICAL WAS TO GET A NEW ONE. THIS THREW ME OUT OF A WELL ESTABLISHED PATTERN OF GETTING MEDICALS IN FEB AND AUG. I HAD ONE MORE CHANCE TO CATCH IT BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE AS MY COMPANY PUBLISHED A LIST OF DUE DATES FOR CHK RIDES AND MEDICALS, I DIDN'T CHK. I WAS MADE AWARE OF THIS MISTAKE BY THE COMPANY TRAINING AND RECORDS SECTION OF FLT OPS WHEN THEY ASKED ME FOR THE PHOTO COPY OF MY NEW MEDICAL, (MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, WHAT NEW MEDICAL?!). LESSON LEARNED, IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO OPEN UP THOSE PIECES OF PAPER ON A REGULAR BASIS AND SEE IF THEY SAY WHAT YOU THINK THEY SAY, IE CHK THE DOCUMENT'S CONTENT AS WELL AS THEIR PHYSICAL PRESENCE.
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.