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Questions tagged [medical]

Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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Can I join the Navy after a corrective eye surgery and still be a Naval Aviator?

I currently do not pass the requirements for uncorrected distant visual acuity according to the Navy physical standards document. However, if I were to receive eye surgery to correct my vision before ...
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Third Class medical license, what changed, if anything?

Supposedly, in 2016, Congress passed a new law making it easier to fly without the usual medical examination requirements. However, in looking at one of the rather obtuse "FAQs" on this new law, I don'...
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Does a history of social anxiety significantly damage commercial pilot career prospects?

Yeah, I've had a history with social anxiety although it's all sorted now because I got therapy. I was wondering if it's important that I disclose this to employers or just lie if asked? Would they be ...
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How do I get a Special Issuance?

On the FAA medical exam there is a conditions section and one of them is mental disorders. I have/had OCD so I have to check yes. I'm getting off my med soon and then I will have another exam, so that ...
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What are good alternatives to sunglasses for flying?

I'm a student pilot and I won't be able to wear sunglasses for 5 months... Now, how am I going to fly? I know you don't have to wear them but it's easier (brightness etc. etc.). Are there any ...
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How long should I wait after I've gotten off my OCD medication to consult an aviation medical examiner?

Im getting off my OCD medicine in a few weeks and wanted to know how long I should wait til i should consult a aviation medical examiner, any advice on which aviation medical examiner I should consult?...
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Can I become a Commercial Pilot if I had OCD?

In a few weeks, I am going to get off my medication for OCD treatment. The FAA says if episodes are severe enough to cause disruption of vocational or educational activity then I should be ...
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Is it possible to revive a pilot who has had a medical condition in a seated position in a small aircraft?

I recently learned of a business executive who sold his company jet (single pilot operation) after his corporate pilot (in his 50ies) fell to the ground during the pre-flight inspection of the ...
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Is it possible to get a purely VFR job with colour blindness?

I'm 23 years old and I have red-green colour vision deficiency. I'm currently working in engineering but I have my PPL and I've been interested in commercial flying for a very long time. I've always ...
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Are there tricks or training to handle spatial disorientation?

For spatial disorientation, are there tricks to block out certain inputs like focusing on what the eyes see and blocking out the ears? I am curious if there are training techniques to practice on the ...
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Under BasicMed can a pilot take medication which is prohibited under a FAA medical?

I have a CFI student who is currently using BasicMed to satisfy her FAA Medical Requirement. She is taking a drug, which the FAA in AME guidance prohibits, and is wondering if she can continue to ...
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Is there an FAA rule or Advisory Circular with regard to blood donation?

Is there an FAA rule or Advisory Circular with regard to flightcrew member blood donation? For example, how many hours or days is required or advised before a pilot may act as a crewmember? I'm ...
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What is the willingness of non-AME/pilot physicians to perform BasicMed exams?

May 1st, 2017, BasicMed rolls out and for certain operations and certain pilots BasicMed promises a much more permissive and yet preventive oriented approach to medical approvals for pilots. A ...
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Why are there age limits to becoming a pilot in the armed forces?

This may be more related to the armed forces as opposed to aviation but I have to ask: Does anyone know why most armed forces put an age limit on being a pilot in the service? Most set the cutoff at ...
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what are the CAA rules on eye surgery?

I've been assessed and hired as cabin crew member by Easyjet in UK, on the 26th april I will have my medical assessment. 2 weeks ago I did a PRK refractive laser surgery for myopia correction. Today I'...
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Is it normal for instantaneous GLOC to occur at 5 G's?

Is it normal for a trainee to have an instantaneous G-force induced loss of consciousness (GLOC) at 4-5 G's in a light military trainer aircraft like Socata TB 30 Epsilon, after doing a manoeuvre ...
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My driver's license was suspended for not having insurance. Should I even bother to apply for a medical?

My insurance lapsed for a few days, and during that few days that I got caught. Furthermore, it's the second suspension in my life because I got a bunch of tickets when I was younger. I hold a sport-...
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At what altitude, on land, do our ears pop? [closed]

So, it's obvious that our ears pop when we go into deep water or fly high in a plane but at what altitude on land do our ears pop? I need to know for a book.
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How were the graveyard spiral and other sensory illusions discovered?

The graveyard spiral has an infamous reputation for killing even experienced pilots which only have visual flight experience. What the wikipedia article does not mention is how and when the spiral and ...
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What causes the phenomenon that pilots don't believe their instruments, while they're working well?

I read in a comment on another question that pilots not believing their instruments while they work perfectly well is common in aviation: The flight leader reported that his compasses had failed [.....
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Does oxygen become less available during night-time?

The following excerpt is from the FAA's Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (page 7-37): Some people flying above 10,000 feet during the day may experience disorientation due to the lack ...
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Is it true that airlines won't let pilots drink diet soda?

I watched a documentary called Hungry for Change that claimed pilot associations advise avoiding diet soda due to the aspartame sweetener inhibiting motor skills and killing brain cells. Is this true?...
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Can I get a Private Pilot's License if I have controllable ADD and just send a waiver to my doctor?

Hello I am a fan of aviation and would love to be a private pilot, but I have ADD that is controllable. I can control my ADD and I'm cancelling my medications. Can I get a medical certificate if I ...
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Do pilots ever suffer PTSD after emergency landings?

I have watched a few documentaries about plane crashes where the whole crew and passengers survived. Of course the passengers are usually all scared, but what about pilots? Do they ever suffer from ...
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What jobs are available for a person on the autistic spectrum with ADHD? [closed]

For a young man who has Autism and ADHD and considered high functioning ( cognitive and processing difficulties but very social ) what types of " hands on " jobs are there for him in the aviation ...
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Is Naproxen (medication) approved for flight?

Is Naproxen an approved FAA medication? I have found 2 separate websites which comment on this type of medication that seem to be somewhat ambiguous, at least to the degree that I'm looking for. ...
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Does EASA have access to medical records outside of the EU?

When registering for the Class 1 Part-MED Medical Certificate can/will the EASA have access to your medical records that's outside of the EU?
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Can I be a pilot now considering the new advancements in color vision lenses and glasses?

I have always wanted to be a pilot but I am red/green color deficient. I passed all other physicals and can easily tell the difference between red and green. I only discovered I had a deficiency after ...
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How is medical evacuation aircraft D-AIGZ “Robert Koch” protected against decompression?

In 2014, Lufthansa engineers converted a A340 into a medical evacuation aircraft specially equipped to carry contagious patients, e.g. with Ebola fever (D-AIGZ, "Robert Koch", msn 347). Source. The ...
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Under 3rd Class Medical Reform, When Do I Need To See My Doctor?

Lets say I'm a 35 year old pilot who just had a medical renewed so that it doesn't expire until 2021. 3rd class medical reform (although not law yet) requires that I visit my regular physician once ...
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Is it safe to fly ultralights at 6-7 weeks pregnancy?

Are there regulations or official guidance regarding pregnant women flying ultralight aircraft at 6-7 weeks pregnancy (amenorrhea weeks)?
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Does hypoxia affect pilots differently from people on the ground?

In my experience, many people don't have serious problems camping, skiing, hiking or doing other physical activities at 12,000 feet (3,600m). We may get tired easily, and be out of breath, but we ...
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What is the best way to reapply for a denied Class 3 medical certificate?

To Become a helicopter pilot is a major life goal of mine. My aunt was a naval pilot, when she took me up in a helicopter it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Background: Today I ...
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When must FAA reply to my letter?

I have sent letters requesting action and/or clarifications to the FAA medical certifications branch. How long can FAA legally delay before they are required to answer my questions in writing?
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How do people suffering from hypoxia not realize they aren't getting enough oxygen?

I've seen reports of flight passengers/crew suffering hypoxia, and many times without knowing it. My question is, how could you not be aware of it? For example, at above 10000ft, if your body is ...
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What is the height requirement for pilots in the Philippines?

I am not an airline pilot nor do I work in the industry but I'm looking forward to. I live in the Philippines, a part of South East Asia. My question is: what is the current minimum height ...
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Can I get refractive eye surgery and pass a medical in Europe fitting EASA requirements?

I would like to attend a Class I pilot Licence, but my eyes are not 'the best'. If I'd undergo refractive surgery (RS from now on), and the intervention goes well, will I fit the requirements? For ...
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May I fly from the right seat due to a temporary disability?

I am a student pilot with, and I have had carpal tunnel for years now. It has progressed to a point where my left hand is frequently weak and/or achy. I do have use of the hand, and it is quite ...
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Can I pilot a plane while having a chronic mental health condition?

I want to claim to have flown, it is a dream of mine. My medical condition disqualifies me from being a pilot. I have one of the following ADHD/OCD/depression/mania/bipolar. Is there a way I can fly ...
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Do the CAA's recent changes to medical requirements mean I wasted my time getting a medical?

I'm studying ab initio towards an EASA PPL. To be ready for my first solo, I obtained a class 2 medical certificate earlier this year. I had to take a day off work to do it and spend some cash that ...
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Why is a urine test performed during pilot medical examinations?

I've wondered this for a long time (every six months while getting my latest first class medical), but what are the doctors checking for when they perform the urine test? Maybe Drugs? Medical ...
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Can a colour blind person pursue a career in Commercial Flying? [duplicate]

I have been an ardent aviation geek since childhood and always wanted to be flying commercially. But sometime later during a medical examination through Ishihara plates test I learned that I am color ...
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What should I do to resolve an incorrect birth date on my FAA medical certificate?

While taking my pre-solo exam, I noticed my medical has my birth date one year earlier than it actually is. I am expecting to solo tomorrow. Would this error legally prohibit me from soloing until ...
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What is the US FAA concerned about when it comes to psychiatric medications?

I don't understand the FAA's policy for psychiatric medications (specifically anti-depressants). Obviously I'm glad there is oversight into who can obtain a pilot's license for the safety of the pilot,...
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What are the limits on myopia for a pre-eye refraction surgery for a class 1 medical certificate?

Are there any limitations for myopia (-number) for a pre-eye refraction surgery for a class 1 medical certificate? I live in India & I have -6.5 & -7.5 in the left & right eye respectively....
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Does anxiety increase the likelihood of developing motion sickness?

In general, does a person's anxiety or "fear of flying" have an effect on his likelihood of experiencing motion sickness during flight? I am wondering if providing some ground education to first-time ...
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Will having a history of depression prevent me from flying?

The AOPA website lists four medications as acceptable treatments for depression. I was treated with one of them, but it ended up making things far worse, to the point where I had issues with suicidal ...
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Where can I learn more about pilots' dreams during G-LOC? [closed]

I came across an extremely interesting note from a wiki article on G-LOC (g-force loss of consciousness, or blackout): Brief but vivid dreams have been reported to follow G-LOC. Sadly no citation. ...
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How do I get permission to fly when diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?

I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea a few weeks ago. I'm told that this somehow complicates my ability to get a license (I haven't started on my license yet.) I'm having a hard time ...
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What are acceptable treatments for chronic pain that will not result in a loss of an FAA Medical?

Is there an acceptable treatment plan for neuropathic pain? Gabapentin is not an acceptable drug. Lyrica and Cevalla aren't approved. Is there a treatment that could even get a special issuance?