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Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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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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Can I get a sport pilot license while taking Mirapex?

May I get a sport pilot license while taking the medication Mirapex for Restless Leg Syndrome?
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Is there any way I can check the status of my medical?

I was deferred my third class medical because of a certain condition and the doctor said I’ll hear from the FAA in about 3-4 weeks with either my certificate or they’ll ask for more information. It’...
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Asymptomatic Cavernous Malformation been approved for Class 1, 2 or 3 Medical?

Anyone here with a asymptomatic cavernous malformation been approved for PPL, CPL or ATP? Recently was concerned with the symmetry of my eyes changing. Opthamologiest ordered an MRI that incidentally ...
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Past depression affect my ability to obtain a Canadian medical certificate? [duplicate]

I'm from Canada, and two years ago I had problems with my wife and decided to divorce. After that, I felt discomfort, and I was diagnosed with depression. I took an antidepressant Effexor for one ...
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Having declared a mental health condition in the past, how will this affect my plans to work as a pilot, and what should I do about it now?

About a year and a half ago I moved into an apartment, where pets are not permitted. In order to be able to bring my pet with me, I applied online and obtained an "Emotional Support Animal" letter ...
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How can I get flying again after FAA medical rejection for anxiety two years ago?

Post Military Service I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and put on Zoloft (Sertraline). I had taken it for a while but had not refilled my prescription, and was off the meds with the ...
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Can I get a second class medical if I have a third class with a SODA for depth perception?

I currently hold a third class medical certificate but this required a statement of demonstrated ability due to concerns about depth perception given my right eye will not meet existing standards. I ...
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Does a failure to respond to FAA questions on ME disqualify for sport pilot?

I had submitted a medical evaluation to pursue a private pilot certification. The FAA had requested further evaluation by specialists. I didn't respond to their questions. Does this disqualify me for ...
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What happens when a person dies during the flight? What kind of procedures exist regarding deceased passenger on board? [duplicate]

I was just reading about a young woman who died on the long haul flight from LA to Melbourne. Heartbreaking. Young life cut short. RIP. But this horrible situation made me wonder about a presence of a ...
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Can Med class 1 certificate be obtained with eyes like mine?

I'm wondering whether or not I'm able to obtain MED class 1 for aviation. I have went throught a laser surgery (FEMTO LASIK) and my vision is now clear and accurate with no complications. HOWEVER, ...
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Does the country of issue of an EASA medical certificate matter?

I am choosing the country where to do my initial for the EASA Class 1 medical. The choice is to either do it in the UK (let's ignore Brexit for now) or in Italy. In both countries I would get (if ...
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Why is a class 2 medical not valid in Canada?

Upon reviewing the requirements for the Recreational Pilot Permit and Private Pilot License in Canada, I see that only class 1, 3 and 4 medicals are approved. Are EASA class 2 medicals not valid in ...
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How is one's hypoxia resistance affected by the time of day?

I am doing my PPL course in the Czech Republic and here they have the following question in tests: when during a day is the resistance of a human organism to hypoxia the best? There are 3 possible ...
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Is it legal for pilots to transport or use marijuana?

More and more states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. What does that mean for pilots? Is it legal for pilots to transport marijuana within states that have legalized it? Can pilots ...
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Can you be a pilot after being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Went to my primary care physician who referred me to the psychologist. Went in for two evaluations. The only thing that had been written on my medical record was anxiety, no medications of any sort ...
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What percentage of professional pilots end their career early for medical reasons?

As an amateur pilot I'm aware that I can lose my medical at some point and have to give up flying. For a professional, losing a medical can end their career. I know several people who wouldn't even ...
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Effect of Low Vitamine B12 on Class 1 Medical

Does anyone know what the effect of LOW Vitamin B12 is on an aviation medical class 1? My doctor did a blood test recently and put me on Vitamin B12 pills. Is this an issue for Aviation Medical ...
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Can I convert an FAA medical certificate to a Canadian one without visiting an AME?

I currently hold a first class FAA medical certificate. Can I transfer to a Canadian medical certificate without meeting with a Canadian AME? (2) The applicant may obtain a TCCA Medical ...
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People in a rollercoaster or falling elevator feel the rapid descent, so why don't pilots in the cockpit?

Judging from the CVR transcript, the AF447 pilots didn't realize for most of the plunge that they were stalled and rapidly losing altitude. Why don't pilots in the cockpit get the same sensation of ...
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In the United States, is there any way I can fly without a medical certificate?

I live in the United States. I haven't been able to get a medical certificate yet, but I'm interested in flying airplanes (or maybe other kinds of aircraft). Is there any way I can fly without having ...
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Can I get an EASA Class 1 medical if I have monocular vision?

I have monocular vision (amblyopia). In the USA I can get an FAA first class medical via a SODA waiver. Can I get an EASA Class 1 Medical issued with the same monocular problem? I would be applying ...
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Are you required to disclose medical conditions to your flight instructor?

When talking with a local flight school about my interest in starting training, I started asking questions about how the AME process works. The flight instructor then asked me if I had any specific ...
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Can someone retake a denied medical?

If someone gets a denial on their medical or gets deferred but never follows up with the appointments, can they retake it at a later time? For example, if someone gets denied on their medical and ...
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Will a diagnosis of psychosis ban me from getting my recreational pilots license or my private pilots license?

I want to get my category 3 or 4 medical so I can either get my private pilots license or my recreational pilots license. I have been diagnosed with psychosis and am currently on Invega Sustenna (anti ...
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What measures are taken to ensure military pilots aren't going mad? [closed]

I'm asking specifically about single pilot fighter jets. How do air forces ensure pilots won't go mad and start a war with another country? For example, a pair of B2 pilots could start World War 3 by ...
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Are the CAA and FAA Class 1 medical certificates equivalent?

Is the CAA medical class 1 certificate equivalent to the FAA class 1 medical certificate? How so? Or does one have to convert to the FAA license in order to achieve the medical certificate?
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Is a first class medical to be an airline pilot eventually possible?

I have a history of ocd and a little depression when I was younger . Up until now I’ve taken a number of SSRIs and finally recently risperidone which I’m almost tapered off of for ocd.I have been ...
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A pilot faces a medium-term loss of their medical. What can they expect?

This closely related question asks about what options a pilot has when facing a permanent loss of medical. However, not all disqualifying conditions are permanent. Maybe you got an interesting ...
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Can I get a third-class medical if I have sleep apnea?

Some year-and-a-half ago my physician recommended that I take a sleep study. Some preliminary exam (overnight finger-carried monitor) indicated that a few times per night my oxygen level dips below 91%...
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I have bad eyesight, can I still be a commercial pilot in Malaysia?

So, I have really bad eyesight (short-sighted): without my glasses, I can't read text unless it's near. So can I be a commercial pilot?
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What is the maximum body weight allowed for a pilot?

What is the maximum allowed body weight for a new commercial pilot student? Would someone weighing 130kg be rejected on the basis of health? If so, what should that person weigh to avoid the ...
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Is medical certification required for flight attendents?

In the history of stewardesses: "In the earliest days of commercial flight, there were teenage cabin boys, and the first female stewardesses had to be registered nurses." The 2009 book Flying Across ...
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Can I get a medical after having had a seizure eight years ago?

In 2010 I had a seizure (as of this writing that would be 8 years ago.) I was a CFI/Commercial Multi pilot, and the FAA took away my medical. I have never piloted since, though I've missed it ...
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Why do I get a severe headache just before landing?

I had severe painful headaches two times in my entire lifetime and both times I was in flight. I see some common factors in this two occurrences which I thought could be some known pattern so I would ...
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Does any country issue daytime-only commercial licenses?

I got my PPL last year (EASA, UK) and I've always been interested in the commercial route. However, due to my red-green colour blindness I've failed the Ishihara, Farnsworth D15 and CAD vision tests ...
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Are there any negative health indications from getting sea legs?

I recently completed a long XC and upon completion I suffered a bit from sea legs. The XC was for the 250nm requirement for my instrument rating and was performed in a C172. It took about 3.5hrs to ...
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Why doesn't G-force knock this pilot out twice?

In this video an F-16 goes into a dive after the pilot loses consciousness. The Auto-GCAS corrects to avoid a crash, and the pilot regains consciousness and pulls up even harder. Why doesn't he pass ...
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What are the eyesight requirements for LPPL/LAPL in the UK?

I am a UK resident, and I am interested in learning to fly. Unfortunately my eyesight is not great, and I don't believe I meet the requirements for a PPL. From my research, it seems the medical ...
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Can an FAA Pilot Examiner accept BasicMed in place of a medical certificate from a checkride applicant?

This has been a subject of debate recently. §61.23 states that you can use BasicMed to apply for some certificates or ratings but limits this to gliders, practical examination in a simulator or flight ...
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How to choose between BasicMed an a Class III Medical?

I'm due for a medical this year, and my last one was before the BasicMed program existed. I'm a VFR PPL, flying small planes with 6 people or less. Is there a clear reason to use Basic Med or Class ...
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Can I fly in Europe using an FAA Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA)?

I want to become a airline pilot but I have Monocular vision. I have no vision in my left eye but I have good vision in my right eye. I have read that I cannot become a pilot in Europe because of this ...
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What is the up-to-date disposition towards narcolepsy in the U.S.A. for obtaining a pilot license?

Citation: What medical conditions does the FAA consider disqualifying? In the past, I recall this page having listed narcolepsy, but I find no mention of narcolepsy anywhere relevant on the FAA ...
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What are the eyesight requirements for a medical certificate in India?

Does it matter what your eye power is, if your vision can be corrected to 6/6 (20/20) vision?
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I have really intense ear pain during descent in commercial flights. Would it be better or worse if I was flying a small non-pressurized plane?

Usually — but not always — after descending in a commercial jet airliner, my ears really hurt for several days, accompanied by minor hearing loss. Nonetheless, I am still in love with aviation. I am ...