Getting my FAA Medical Back Despite a Childhood ADHD Diagnosis

This past weekend I logged 1.4 hours of Pilot In Command time. This isn’t new — I’ve got over 300 hours under my belt — but for the last six months, there’s been some significant doubt about whether I would ever be able to fly again thanks to a 20 year old ADHD diagnosis that was holding up my medical. I didn’t have a clear guide to what would happen or how to navigate this process, so I wanted to write up my experience to help others who might be going through a similar ordeal.

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Review: Delta SkyClub at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Austin is officially the second fastest growing airport in the United States in terms of passenger traffic. Considering the economic and population explosion of the city in the last decade, that isn’t surprising. Thankfully the airport is taking some proactive steps to help ease that growth, namely adding more gates and a new entire wing of the airport. And in the middle of that wing is one of the things my wife has been the most excited about: Delta’s new SkyClub.

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Review: TWA Hotel at JFK

Opened in 1962 at the peak of the jet age, the Trans World Airlines Flight Center at New York City’s JFK Airport is the epitome of 1960’s design aesthetic. Designed by Eero Saarinen, it housed TWA’s operations at the airport from its opening until TWA was purchased by American Airlines in 2001 when it shuttered its doors along with the airline. The building has since been surrounded by JetBlue’s new terminal, and has been sitting empty ever since. Until now.

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Inside the Delta Flight Museum’s Boeing 747

Most established airlines these days have a museum associated with them. Southwest has a museum near Love Field in Dallas, American has the CR Smith museum in Ft. Worth, and United has a web page that looks like it was last updated in 2004. The best of these is Delta’s Flight Museum in Atlanta, Georgia where not only are historical Deltas aircraft on display, but there’s even a 747 in the parking lot that is open to visitors. And this specific 747 has a heck of a history.

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Flying the Delta Flight Museum 737-200 Simulator

Full motion flight simulators are massively expensive pieces of equipment, but for an airline it’s the most cost effective way to train new flight crews before they ever touch the controls of a real aircraft. These simulators use the same controls and instruments as the actual aircraft and are supported on hydraulic actuators that allow the simulator to move and make you feel like you’re actually flying an airplane. It’s probably as close to flying one of these beasts as the average aviation nerd will get, and there’s only one place that rents one by the hour to the general public: the Delta Flight Museum.

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An AvGeek’s Dream: The Delta Flight Museum Monthly Surplus Sale

Are you the kind of person that gets all excited about getting their hands on an original Northwest Airlines flight manual? Perhaps you’d like a service cart that’s been lovingly used in service for a few years but is looking for a quiet place to retire? How about an entire row of original 727 seats? All at rock bottom prices? If any of this sounds interesting to you then you definitely need to check out the monthly surplus sale at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta.

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