Subcribe and stay connected


Join me on an intimate journey into the world of aviation and the critical step every aspiring pilot must conquer: the FAA medical certification. Hi, I’m Chris Palmer, master flight instructor and founder of Angle of Attack flight school here in Alaska. In this video, I open up about my personal struggles and triumphs with obtaining an FAA medical certificate, a crucial requirement for anyone looking to become a pilot in the USA. From battling through the initial shock of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis to overcoming the bureaucratic hurdles of FAA medical exams, I share my story to inspire and guide those facing similar challenges. Whether you’re pursuing an aviation career or dreaming of exploring the skies as a hobbyist, understanding the intricacies of the FAA medical certification process is paramount. In this video, we cover:

• Personal Insights: My journey from a determined 16-year-old with a dream to a seasoned pilot instructor.

• FAA Medical Basics: Explaining the different classes of FAA medical certificates and what they mean for your aviation goals. • Navigating Challenges: Tips on finding a supportive Aeromedical Examiner (AME) and leveraging resources like AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services for FAA medical special issuance and FAA medical deferred cases.

But that’s not all! Experience the thrill firsthand as we take flight to my AME appointment, soaring over the stunning landscapes of Alaska. From pre-flight preparations to navigating through the skies, you’ll witness the beauty and excitement of flying combined with the practicalities of maintaining FAA medical certification.

Plus, don’t miss out on breathtaking flying footage as we embark on my own FAA medical certification journey, taking you from the cockpit to my AME appointment. Whether you’re facing FAA medical mental health concerns or simply curious about the road to learning to fly, this video offers valuable insights and practical advice to help you navigate this crucial step with confidence.



Sam Rothstein

Online Ground school is where your journey to becoming a pilot begins.  It’s where you learn the basics before getting in an airplane. And it’s what prepares you to pass your FAA written exam and checkride.


She’s READY! Sienna’s Last Flight Before Solo

Welcome to another exciting episode in the journey of Sienna, a dedicated student pilot training in a Cessna 172. This video captures a pivotal moment in her aviation training as she prepares for her first solo flight. Under the expert guidance of certified flight instructor Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack, you’ll witness the incredible …

She’s READY! Sienna’s Last Flight Before Solo »

Read more

Aviation History with the P-51 Mustang

  Step into the cockpit of a legendary P-51 Mustang as we embark on an unforgettable aviation journey at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the ultimate gathering of warbirds and aviation enthusiasts. Watch Chris dive into the rich history of WWII fighters, exploring the iconic P-51D Mustang’s role as a pivotal warbird that helped turn the …

Aviation History with the P-51 Mustang »

Read more

Student Pilot Precision Pattern Practice & Tactics

  In this episode, Chris and Sienna head out to pound the pattern. Just like an athlete in the gym, getting reps in around the pattern is one of the few ways for student pilots like Sienna to become more comfortable landing and managing the airplane in one of the most critical stages of flight. …

Student Pilot Precision Pattern Practice & Tactics »

Read more

The Art of Learning to Land: Real Student Lesson

In this episode, we explore the intricate process of flight training through the lens of Sienna, a student pilot working towards her Private Pilot certificate. Under Chris’s guidance, we document Sienna’s progress, focusing on the crucial lessons and milestones achieved during a particularly transformative flight lesson. How do you think this lesson went? Chris Palmer …

The Art of Learning to Land: Real Student Lesson »

Read more

Stay Connected

Be the very first to get notified when we publish new flying videos, free lessons, and special offers on our courses.