Private Pilots License | ADHD Hindrance

First thanks all to Mini Ladd guys. I've been watching since Garry's Mod videos and any help is appreciated. I'm nearly done but still cost about $4,000 to get to this point. I haven't even started my first flight lesson yet.

I'm currently 17 and hoping to go to college and take the school's aviation school so after I leave college, I can go to an airline and start flying. Ever since I was young, I've been in love with planes and flying. My dad would take me to the local airport while I was still in a safety seat in the car. Later, sitting on the hood of his grey Acura and just watching the planes take off. Life went on, I was diagnosed with ADHD and went on pills around age 4. All throughout school, the inspiration that always made me keep pushing myself was flying; If I do good in school I can be a pilot! I started flight simming at home and got a yoke, throttle quadrant, rudder pedals, and some planes from IXEG and PMDG. However, I was told by my dad that to fly I would have to come off the stimulants. I stopped taking them freshmen year of highschool. I continued happy and confident until around 1 month ago. That's when everything changed.

My time online just searching about, I wanted to know what being a pilot was like and someone with ADHD said that they were denied a medical before having to go through tests. A medical is what certifies a pilot that they are safe to fly which is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Bewildered, I did the searching and found out that coming off the stimulants wasn't what had to be done. Since I was diagnosed with ADHD, I have to go through a bunch of neurocognitive testing administered by FAA-certified neuropsychologists. There are only 2 in my state of Pennsylvania so the price can be whatever they please, and it is. The lowest I got was about $2,000. This doesn't include the consultation I have to pay for the psychiatrist, then the final checkup, trip costs with fuel, and possibly more if I require "additional testing". At this point, I became worried, I'll have to go through testing called "Cogscreens", have interviews, 400 question personality tests, and possibly more. This was a big hit, my future career that I've been working for all my life since I was young feels ripped away. The price tag is big, and while slightly possible, my parents and I will definitely take a hit financially, one that we may not be able to sustain. Future colleges I had picked out are now possibly no longer a fit for me and my future seems bolted to the ground, something I could never think of.

I've thought about making a fundraiser, but I always told myself that I'd seem greedy, that I don't need it but I've come to the point where I've realized that I need to admit that I may not be able to do this before college. I'm asking all of you for help, my future career is in jeopardy because of my hyper activeness as a child.

Me three years ago when I get my entire set up, giddy to takeoff.


  • Helix Spiral 
    • $50 
    • 11 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Peter Savarese 
Philadelphia, PA
Stacey Savarese 
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