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Saturday, July 2, 2022

I had PRK done 17 years ago and it's still holding up perfect. I've had a couple soldiers recently get either PRK or LASIK depending on what the optometrist recommended - some smart people stuff about what is better for specific corrections needed.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Oh and as far as recovery time, not too bad. Idk if it's normal but I was in searing pain (eyes and intense headaches) from about 5 minutes after the procedure until I knocked myself out with Advil PM about 4 hours later...you must have someone drive you after. When I woke up a few hours later I could open my eyes in the dark relatively pain free. By morning I drove myself to the checkup just fine with sunglasses. Be patient with it. It may feel weird the first 2-4 weeks, and at times it may not feel like your 20/20 vision is consistent. It will stabilize over the course of a month or two and you'll be good to go.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

I was 20/400 in each eye, so I got LASIK in 2019 before my packet process started. I'm going to flight school in January, so it worked out for me. I'll start by saying I highly recommend getting advice from a flight surgeon. I reached out to a flight surgeon at a local Guard unit near me and he was super helpful in ensuring I filled out the forms I needed before, during, and after so that I had a clean paper trail. DM me with your email address and I'll send you what he sent me...I would still reach out ensure nothing has changed. I will say you probably won't get a response from Rucker flight surgeons (worth a shot, just fyi) as they are incredibly busy processing the entire Active, Guard, and Reserve components. When I went through, aeromedical said LASIK/LASEK/or PRK were the only allowed procedures. My eye doctor wanted me to do SMILE, and said he did it to military members all the time, but I didn't want to risk it as Aeromedical specifically said no. Just ask the flight surgeon to see if anything changed. Either way, LASIK/SMILE are different ways to do the same thing, and completely changed my life. I wouldn't do PRK. Are you prior service or street to seat?

Friday, July 1, 2022

Both AD Warrants

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Rotorcraft Pro supports the men and women standing on the Thin Blue Line in our May-June 2022 APSCON Issue! Read it here: https://bit.ly/RotorcraftProMag_MayJune2022 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Las Vegas Metro PD Air Support Ops +VIDEO | OEMs Going Green | Bell's Big Bet with V280 | Bell Maintenance in Prague Supports European Ops +VIDEO | Exec Watch: Markus Schmitz, Managing Director, AXNES, Inc.| Meet a Rotorcraft Pro: Thurbie Botterill, Lee County Mosquito Control | My 2 Cents Worth | Mil2Civ Transition | Maintenance Minute | Rotorcraft Checkride

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Mike Holbrooke is Bossman...he wasn't in the aircraft.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Sad day for sure..... Not sure of Bossman's name, Nagle recently moved to TX from Logan, WV. List on board: John Nagle II age 53 of Austin, TX Donald Sandhoff age 69 of Durham, NC Kevin Warren age 51 of Franklin, TN Carolyn O’Connor age 73 of Winter Garden, FL Marvin Bledsoe age 64 of Chapmanville, WV Jack Collins age 65 of Chapmanville, WV

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Who picked the 12s?

Monday, June 27, 2022

https://www.phpa.net/ The Testing Center / Arsensault Aviation Center 354 S Daleville Ave., Suite B Daleville, AL 36322 Phone #: 334-701-7602

Monday, June 27, 2022

Anyone currently at Rucker or recently gone through have the contact information for the guy that gives the FAA exam? He was shut down due to AIDS...I mean COVID when I was wrapping up down there.