(aspiring pilot) Should I seek help regarding my personal statement for the FAA regarding past incidents involving alcohol?
The FAA wants court and police records of my incidents as well as a personal statement, in order to obtain my first class medical to start flight school. In college, I was charged with underage consumption which was dismissed and then a DWAI which was also dismissed. My BAC of the DWAI was .025 but I was 20 years old at the time. I don't want to put myself into a hole on the personal statement. Both these incidents happened in Colorado.
1 Attorney answer
Honesty and proactive admission of potential errors is a major concern in aviation. Did you know that anyone involved in an actual or potential incident should file a report to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) using a program called the Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP)? In this safe-harbor, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is prohibited from using these "NASA Reports" for enforcement purposes. While it is natural to ignore mistakes, a safe pilot is an honest pilot. Hidden problems end careers and take lives.