My question on the forum is: is this normal to receive such letters, have others gotten them too? Should I be worried? I’m laid off at the moment, so not flying and hence haven't renewed my medical. The letter says to mail in the blood work prior to or at the time of my next renewal.
Any and all feedback is appreciated!
BMI alone shouldn't trigger that response, but BMI with history, or other indicators might. I know they were rolling hard on sleep apnea tests for people with higher bmi a while back. They've really been pushing this stuff lately, so you're not alone.
I had Transport come at me once about 15 years ago, a month or two after a medical where my BP rang slightly over 120. I'm a football player, athletic type build at +/-200lbs.
The guy at Transport started explaining that with over a 42" waist (or something ridiculous like that) and my height and weight they required additional testing... I stopped him there and told him that I didn't have a 42" waist, the jeans I was wearing were 32s, so I wasn't going on for any more tests, he fumbled a bit said his calculation was otherwise, I told him he was wrong and that I had a medical signed and valid for a year and I never heard from them again.
BMI is such a waste of time for a large section of the population - it means nothing real. It came up at my last medical and I told the doctor that if Transport is so concerned, why they don't add a caliper measurement and get a real body fat %? That they aren't really shows that they can't be that concerned, they're just being bureaucrats.
BMI is a joke and the sooner the skinny-fat pencil pushing desk jockeys at Transport figure it out the better. Maybe they can get a measurement that really benefits pilot health
Best running back of all time Walter Payton? Overweight.
Best line backer of all time Mike Singletary? Obese.
They both ran 4.6 40s.
Dwayne Johnson? Obese with a BMI well into the 30s and a body fat measurement of 10.5%.
https://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/ ... -with-bmi/
Waste of time. Would be nice if they would just let the doctors do their jobs.
That letter really pissed me off. I guess I’ll just get the blood work done and go for my next medical.
I noticed they sent the letter to my AME too. So, I’ll just give him the blood work.
I am just worried that some Doc at Transport might get the idea to pull my medical and send me for a battery of testing...
If you are certain that your weight is healthy, I wouldn''t worry about it. Just forget about it until your next renewal and then send in the blood work.
Now absolutely everyone is entitled to bitch and complain about it all they want but my view is I want to be healthy and I'm in an occupation where it's a requirement for ultimate safety as it's not just me at risk when I fly but also my passengers. And since it's a requirement to undergo repetitive examinations I do so. If things change in the medical field I accept that the doctors and managers involved are qualified to do their jobs and if they decide they need information today that they didn't before I'm going to provide it. As a pilot I'm certainly not qualified to accurately determine what's medically required or not, no matter how much internet I read.
I realize that stating this opens me up to potential criticism for being a "sheep" and mindlessly accepting bureaucracy, but whatever, it's merely my personal opinion.
“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”