I had a BOD member call me.... His claim is that it is DUI's that make it so the USPA wants an FAA medical.
Hey, here is a thought.... Just don't allow a guy that is drunk to do tandems!
I got the same thing indirectly through USPA Headquarters. They want the FAA Medical in order to prohibit anyone who's had a DUI from being a tandem instructor.
That said, after some time, jumping through a few hoops, and spending some $3,000 to a "FAA Medical Specialist" or whatever they're called. You can get the medical back.
All that said, the logic is disconnected. My guess would be that the vast majority of tandem instructors drink alcohol. I'd also guess that another smaller but still quite large percentage of them have at one time or another operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of said alcohol. So, we could extrapolate that every one of these instructors by USPAs logic should be disallowed doing tandems. As it stands, only the guys who've been recently been caught and charged are subject to the restriction.
I'd be in favor of elimination the Medical requirement. Maybe going to a requirement to have a driver's license? The DL would also cover Headquarters DUI concern.