Has this happened before? (Hardship)

Plaaaane

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I’m coming up on a year since my medical was pulled due to the discovery of a chronic illness and I’m looking at long term, but more likely, permanent medical disqualification. I’m being told that if I’m medically disqualified I can either stay in the agency and fill another position through the help of a job search, or take the medical retirement, which isn’t very much for 4 years at a low level facility. I’d prefer to stay in the agency, however I work at a small up/down and there likely aren’t many other opportunities in the area, so I would have to move. The most important factor in choosing the location would be my medical needs, as my disease is most likely to get worse, and there are currently NO specialist in the local area to deal with my medical condition. If I choose to stay within the agency and select a location based off my medical needs, would a hardship be approved for my wife who is also a controller?

Also I’ve been told she can’t hardship to where my doctors currently are, because the staffing at the eligible facilities (within 3 levels) is too high. I’m looking at other facilities numbers as well, is there a certain projected staffing number that they can’t be over to accept a hardship?

Thanks for any help.
 

Horny4Vectors

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Not trying to be insensitive but are there any other doctors you could potentially see? Like in the DC/Baltimore/Philadelphia area. I feel like Johns Hopkins is the best at everything. Hope it all works out for you.
 

Plaaaane

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Not trying to be insensitive but are there any other doctors you could potentially see? Like in the DC/Baltimore/Philadelphia area. I feel like Johns Hopkins is the best at everything. Hope it all works out for you.
Yeah, definitely. Johns Hopkins is always listed as one of the top hospitals for what I need. The main problem is if I accept a position from the job search in another area, I’m being told that my wife may not be able to hardship as it will be seen as a voluntary move on my part, which seems pretty ridiculous to us.
 

DankVectorz

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Yeah, definitely. Johns Hopkins is always listed as one of the top hospitals for what I need. The main problem is if I accept a position from the job search in another area, I’m being told that my wife may not be able to hardship as it will be seen as a voluntary move on my part, which seems pretty ridiculous to us.

can you hardship there first and then accept a non-ATC position?
 

Horny4Vectors

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Yeah, definitely. Johns Hopkins is always listed as one of the top hospitals for what I need. The main problem is if I accept a position from the job search in another area, I’m being told that my wife may not be able to hardship as it will be seen as a voluntary move on my part, which seems pretty ridiculous to us.
If you can get a doctor to say she needs to be there to help provide immediate care to you, I don’t think the FAA can deny that. But...it’s the FAA
 

Plaaaane

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Can you transfer facilities as a controller without a medical? I don't believe so
We initially thought that, which is why we didn’t go that route. But more recently I saw someone say you can. We recently asked our rep and regional VP if that was a possibility, but were kind of pressured away from it because it’s so close to finding out for sure whether or not I’m going to be disqualified.

If you can get a doctor to say she needs to be there to help provide immediate care to you, I don’t think the FAA can deny that. But...it’s the FAA
That was actually something the regional NATCA VP brought up and I’m pretty sure my doctor would agree. That may be the route we have to go.
 

Horny4Vectors

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That was actually something the regional NATCA VP brought up and I’m pretty sure my doctor would agree. That may be the route we have to go.
I had to hardship for my wife’s health (not a controller) about 10 years ago. Make sure the doctor is *crystal* clear that she needs to be there to help you. Make the doctor make the decision, not a group of regional FAA higher ups
 
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