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How to convert European ATC license (and medical) to FAA equivalents?

I have an Air Traffic Controller license issued by the European union (compliant with ICAO standards). Ratings for tower and approach radar with current validations for both. How can I convert this to ...
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If you are able correct your vision in one eye, must you correct your vision?

After reviewing this exchange: Can you obtain a pilot license with impaired vision / being blind in one eye? I can see that having monocular vision is allowed by faa rules, but I would like to clarify ...
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Treated for Anxiety During Pandemic - can I get 3rd Class Medical

I started doing my dual instruction recently, as I am pursuing a Private Pilots License. I have begun researching the medical that will be required, and had a couple question I was hoping to get ...
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Can you get a medical certificate with degraded vision? [duplicate]

I am blind in one eye and have a -11.25 prescription in the other, correcting to 20/40. I am afraid to go for a medical and fail, since I was told I couldnt challenge that if I did.
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Would the FAA ever approve special issuance to an airman with a previous psychosis diagnosis?

Hate to sound like a broken record but has and would the FAA ever issue a special issuance to an airman with a previous psychosis diagnosis if he proved over time that he was stable? Trying to get as ...
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Does hypoxia take effect more quickly if an aircraft is flying at a greater height? [duplicate]

In case of depressurization, will the effects of hypoxia be more rapid the greater height the aircraft flies?
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What kind of injury would force a Navy EA-6B pilot to stop flying and take a desk job?

Currently, I'm writing up a character bio for a game, where the character is a former naval aviator who becomes a JAG Corps lawyer who can be quite active during investigations and combat. I've been ...
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My medical cert is expired and can I fly as a sport pilot?

I'm CFI and one of my student haven't flown after he got his private pilot license in 1990's and he wanted to fly again. The thing is his medical is expired already and he doesn't fit medical ...
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What are the EASA myopia limits for civil flight certification, class 2?

I want to start procedures to get a flight medical certification (class 2). I am not sure about myopia (short-sight) limits. In some resources I read that there are no limits, and you can wear glasses....
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How to safely handle AVGAS (100LL)?

Obviously 100LL is risky. It's got lead in it, so there's going to be some danger. But is it possible to not get lead into my system when I start flying? It is, for obvious reasons, something I wish ...
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What stops Germanwings 9525 happening again — a suicidal pilot crashing the plane?

I'm unpersuaded and still afraid, after reading What safety rule replaced the now-rescinded two-person rule (after Germanwings 9525)?. What's to stop or prevent another lone suicidal pilot from ...
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What medical issues or procedures can cause denied medicals?

Are there a lot of things that can cause a denied medical? Can fairly routine procedures be grounds for denial? (Please don't hate me for having 2 questions in one!)
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What should I do if the FAA requests health records that no longer exist?

I am working on obtaining my FAA Medical Certificate and I was deferred. I received a request for more information and one of the items that was requested were medical records related to a surgery I ...
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Is night vision essential to pilots?

If someone with no night vision were in the cockpit of a nocturnal flight, that person's situation would resemble Instrument Flight Rules. Am I correct? So: In theory, can someone lacking night ...
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Can I get an EASA Class 1 medical with high astigmatism?

I have high astigmatism (5 dioptres) and myopia (under the limit). Is it possible to acquire a Class 1 medical certificate? If I recall correctly, it's up to the ophthalmologist to judge whether I ...
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What does it mean to have a SIC limitation on your medical class 1

Is there anyone who knows what a SIC limitation on your medical would mean? I found out on the EASA documents that it stands for "Specific medical examination pilot". But what exactly would ...
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Can I get an EASA class 1 medical if I am red/green color blind?

When I got the Class 2 certificate(one week ago), AME told me that I am red/green color blind and the certificate is valid by day only. Is it possible for me to pursue an aviation career and pass the ...
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What options are there in Canada for treatment of severe depression and anxiety for pilots?

I'm a Canadian commercial helicopter pilot, and I've been struggling with severe depression and anxiety issues since childhood. I'm very good at faking it, well, good enough that I've been able to lie ...
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Was there ever a supersonic flight in a non-pressurized plane, and what is/would it be like for the pilot?

If you went supersonic in a plane that has no pressurized cockpit, would you be completely deaf (because of flying faster-than-sound)? Would it be dangerous to the pilot even if he/she was in an ...
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How does ATC handle a controller with psychological trauma?

I've finally got around to watching Breaking Bad, (spoiler alert) in the last episode of season 2 a bereaved ATC controller accidentally causes a mid-air collision. I am not asking whether the actual ...
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Will prior hospitalization for alcohol intoxication prevent the issuance of a first class medical cert.?

I recently went to the hospital for alcohol intoxication, will that cause any issues getting my first class medical exam this week? I live in the US, I am a college student and I have rarely drank ...
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What medical history questions are asked for a UK Class 1 Medical?

For anyone who has been through a Class 1 medical in the UK, when they run through your medical history what sort of questions are they asking?
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Does the FAA always require a neuropsychological assessment battery for applicants with a history of ADD?

I'm in the middle of a medical struggle with the FAA. I'm applying for a 3rd class medical certificate but was hit with a deferral letter due to a childhood ADD diagnosis. Currently the FAA is only ...
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What is the impact of lack of stereoscopic vision on a first class medical in the EU? [duplicate]

I have just completed aero-medical examination for first aviation class. I was refused due to the lack of stereoscopic vision. In the book with squares with circles in 3D, I saw only 4/9. The medical ...
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Can a pilot use legal psychoactive cannabinoids?

How do the FAA and airline companies treat pilots using substances like Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol on their down time? Like CBD, Delta-8-THC is a legal derivative from marijuana.
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How does the FAA decide if a PPL applicant with ADHD can fly?

For the past few years, I've been struggling with fidgeting, difficulty spending long periods of time on creative tasks, difficulty finishing long and complicated tasks, and a few other symptoms. ...
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How did pilots pee on Rutan Voyager?

Rutan Voyager had a very long flight. Did pilots have a separate toilet room for when they needed to relieve themselves? How much room did they have to move around anyways? Is there any visual with ...
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How long is my first class medical certificate good for as a third class certificate? [duplicate]

My first class medical exam was on 01/07/2020. I am 64 years old. Is it now valid as a third class medical certificate until 01/31/2022?
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Does the FAA require a specific grade of supplemental oxygen for part 91 operations?

In a recent FAA knowledge exam, a question was asked whether medical grade or industrial grade oxygen can be substituted for the aviation grade supplemental oxygen for General Aviation, Part 91 flight....
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Does an AME's advertisement on the back of the medical certificate affect the document's validity under the FAA?

I know a guy who has a medical certificate from an AME based in Dallas Fort Worth, and the front side of the paper has a side-by-side printing of the front and reverse of the FAA medical certificate (...
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Why does the UK CAA medical questionnaire need to know hair colour?

The CAA (UK Civil Aviation Authority) application for a medical certificate asks for hair colour. Why? Are there any diseases / conditions more prevalent to particular colours? Most of the questions ...
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I received a 1st Class medical certificate in May 2005. Do I qualify for BasicMed?

One of the requirements for BasicMed is: Comply with the general BasicMed requirements (possess a U.S. driver's license, have held a medical after July 14, 2006). I received a 1st class medical ...
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Is it at all possible (or safe) to pursue a pilot's license with a history of mental illness? [duplicate]

I am in my late twenties. To put it bluntly I have a history of mental illness going back to my teens. My quick summary: Diagnosed with depression and prescribed Wellbutrin in my teens. I ...
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Can you become FAA/TC commercial pilot with metal implants in hand?

I have a friend who wants to be a pilot and he has metal implant in his hand. It doesn’t affect his hand movement at all. I know that he will need to check it out with a Civil Aviation medical ...
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Can a person with unilateral anosmia in the right nostril become a commercial pilot with a class I medical?

I had a minor road traffic accident in November 2014, since then I cannot smell through my right nostril, where my left nostril is working normal. I am looking to know if you know any pilot you have ...
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Are there regulatory documents to carry medical kits and defibrillators on-board?

Are there any regulatory release documents applicable for carrying medical kits and defibrillators on-board a commercial airliner? For example for: Components, you are required to have an EASA Form 1 ...
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Are there any limitations of diopters (corrected eyesight) in the US?

According to FAA standards, there seems to be no diopters limitation for a first class medical. I'm Japanese. JP CAC limits it. UK CAA also does. I would appreciate it if you could tell me whether my ...
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How do airlines train their pilots to deal with the stress of delays?

There are some good answers here dealing with boredom during long flights and with the physical stress of piloting, and with what pilots to do during a delay. I'm interested in how pilots cope with ...
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Does wearing glasses mean you automatically meet the first class medical requirements?

I have been wearing glasses for a very long time. If you wear permanent eyeglasses do you automatically meet the FAA first class medical vision requirements?
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Has color vision deficiency ever contributed to any incidents in aviation history?

I would like to know if there are any official reports pointing Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) as a major contributing cause of an air accident/incident. Not only related to flying but also maintenance ...
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Where to get Initial EASA Class 1 Medical?

Can somebody suggest a list of EASA medical centers, where I can get Initial Medical 1? Any EASA county is OK. I'll appreciate any links, thank you! Amendment: I've found lists of AMCs or at least ...
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After hernia surgery, what do I need to do to be cleared to exercise the privileges of my PPL?

After hernia surgery, what do I need to do to be cleared to exercise the privileges of my PPL? I recently had hernia surgery in the past few weeks and just had my follow-up appointment with my ...
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Will I be denied or fail a first class medical if I have a recent history of depression? [duplicate]

I plan on going to get a medical exam for a first class medical certificate to attend flight school. Now, a couple months ago I met with a primary physician to get my blood and urine checked as a ...
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Can one fight medical rejection due to depression noted 14-15 years ago?

My husband's dream was getting his private pilot's license which he just got in August. He was diagnosed with depression about 14 years ago and in medication less than a year. He has been great since ...
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When were commercial pilots first allowed to use glasses?

Currently, pilots with defective (but correctable) vision are allowed to pilot airliners if they have at least two pairs of their corrective lenses (typically glasses) with them on board. Was there a ...
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Why are some cardiac conditions disqualifying even if asymptomatic and corrected?

The FAA's website, in its list of medical conditions disqualifying for a would-be pilot, includes a number of cardiac conditions and procedures that would not intuitively seem, on their own, to ...
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Is having a history of seeing a therapist not allowed for pilots?

In a recent question someone said: I thought about seeing a therapist, but as I want to work at a major company, I don't know if you're allowed to have a history of seeing one. Is it true that ...
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How does the severity of barotrauma vary with rate of descent?

This answer proclaims one way to mitigate barotrauma: reduce the rates of your descents, which will give your ears a chance to equalize. ATC, however, expects you to descend at between 500 and 1,...
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How long does it take to issue an FAA medical certificate?

How long does it take for the FAA to issue a medical certificate? Exam was 7/23 and haven’t heard anything since.
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Do you need to fill out the MedXPress form every time you renew your medical?

In the US, to get a 3rd-class medical certificate I know that you have to fill out this form on the FAA's website, get a confirmation number, then take that confirmation number to the medical examiner....

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