Getting Started with Flight Training in Florida: Medical Exams and Fingerprinting

Getting a US medical examination was my first priority after arriving in the US. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to fly legally. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to visit the doctor yesterday, so I spent most of the day sleeping. I’m guessing it was just jet lag.

This morning, I finally made it to the doctor for the examination, which was quick and took less than an hour. Since I don’t need a first-class medical certificate until I get my ATP (which is still far in the future), I opted for a second-class certificate, which is cheaper.

As a bonus, now I know my weight in pounds and my height in feet and inches 🙂

In addition to the medical exam, I also had to get my fingerprints taken, as is required for all foreign students. The process was quick and professional.

I received my syllabus, maps, and books, which didn’t contain any new information except for the maps. Fortunately, I had already started learning the material in Moscow, so I have a better understanding of what I need to do. I am following a part 141 program, and the schedule here is tight, so I’m considering studying CPL books during my free time to be better prepared for practical lessons.


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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada