Maybe they don't want guys getting 3rd class medicals when they'll eventually need a 1st class....What's the point of dropping thousands of dollars if you can't meet the medical requirements of your future employer?
Thats just it though. Not everyone who goes to Flight Safety wants to go to a regional or major is what I'm assuming. And you can fly as a commercial pilot with a 2nd class medical for a year.
If you can pass a 2nd class, and are under 35, you essentially have in your hands a 1st class...that's what the local medical examiner told me, since you don't get the EKG until you hit 35. I called the number he gave me at the FAA for medical certificates, and they confirmed it all. /ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif
You are right...the cost difference is minimal, but I just got a 2nd class recently, and it would have been a pain to go back 2 months later to up it. I don't have to now though.
"but I just got a 2nd class recently, and it would have been a pain to go back 2 months later to up it. I don't have to now though."
Granted it would be a pain, but since your physical is current, all they would require for the upgrade, would be a formality in the paperwork. I doubt it, if they would require you, to do the physical all over again.
I would imagine, that all of the (Part 121 and 135) operators are requiring a 1st class physical, so you might as well take of it now, and you not worry about it later. /ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif
If I would have done my physical in florida, I would have had it at a discount. /ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif I paid under $90, with the local AME at JFK, here in New York, life is expensive. /ubbthreads/images/icons/crazy.gif