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Questions tagged [medical]

Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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How does pregnancy affect airline pilots operating under FAA regulations?

Female airline pilots have an area of medical concern that male pilots don't deal with: reproductive issues. If a female airline pilot operating at an air carrier in the United States of America under ...
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What should I know before getting the KAMRA laser eye surgery procedure as a pilot?

I was recently looking into the KAMRA procedure to fix my reading problem. Then I came across some posts that discourage it as it causes one to see halos in night so particularly bad for pilots. I was ...
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Will this diagnosis from my cardiologist prevent me from getting a Class 1 JAA medical?

In 3 days I will have my Class 1 JAA medical test for the first time. However I said let's do a heart checkup before I go there and when I did this suddenly my cardiologist wrote that I have: ...
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Will talking about sleep problems with my doctor jeopardize my medical?

I am asking this for someone I know who's up in years but still under 60, and is a fellow pilot. He brought this question up: "I am concerned that I might have some moderate sleep problems - ...
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Can you become a pilot with an Asperger syndrome diagnosis in Europe?

I have the diagnosis results for Asperger syndrome (scored 177 out of 76 required to get the diagnosis). Are there any regulations in Europe that can stop me from achieving my life goal: To fly ...
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Do crews look for “Dr.” on a passenger manifest to identify medical doctors?

With many airlines, when a passenger buys a ticket online, there is a space for them to select a "title", such as Ms., Mr., Dr., Rev., etc. In most social circumstances, the title "Dr." is ...
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Can people who suffer from motion sickness become pilots?

Suppose a person suffers from motion sickness when flying, but wishes to become a pilot (let us say, with the eventual goal of flying for a major commercial airline). Is this possible? Is motion ...
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Is it normal to be scared of flying before becoming a pilot?

Are there any studies that have researched into fear of flying when not in the cockpit? The question arises from the fact that for some reason, I have found myself to be scared when on a plane as a ...
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What is the expiration period for a 3rd class medical certificate?

I got my 3rd Class Medical for a Private Pilot certificate in May 2013 at the age of 39. I'm now 41. Does the 60 month rule apply to my certificate or do I need to retest under the 24 month rule for ...
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How do pilots get enough sleep in preparation for a long night flight?

Are pilots authorised to use sleeping pills to rest before long haul flight that departs at night hours? This question comes in mind as I have flown Turkish Airlines flights that depart at 2.30 at ...
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How to control fear of flying? [closed]

Four months ago I travelled to US (my 3rd time visit) from India. I always have that aerophobia just before and during flying but it has grown exponentially when the American Airlines flight took-off ...
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Can one become a scheduled airline pilot with just one functional eye?

I was reading about TACA Flight 110 that amde a successful emergency landing on a New Orleans levee and I found out that the Pilot in Command was blind in one eye. Just curious, under current FAA ...
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Is flying at 14,000 MSL safe for children without supplemental oxygen?

FAR 91.211(a) requires supplemental oxygen for all passengers above 15,000 feet. Are there any health implications of a 5 hour flight at around 14,000 feet on children without any supplemental oxygen?...
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Does my 1st class medical give me 2nd and 3rd class medical privileges after it expires?

If a 35 year-old pilot were issued a 1st class medical on January 15, 2012, am I correct that that pilot would be able to exercise privileges requiring a 1st class medical until January 15, 2013? Or ...
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How do I locate a list of restrictions that would prevent a pilot from flying in the US?

I have a privacy preserving technology that could conceivably help prevent the Germanwings crash of 2014. The idea would be there is a long list of issues that would prohibit a pilot from flying ...
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In what ways is color blindness an issue in modern jet airliners?

What are the specific problems in modern jet airliner cockpits or in piloting operations that would prevent a person with any type or severity of color blindness from completing his/her job to the ...
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How do pilots cope with pressurization changes?

I have tried drinking a glass of water yawning plugging my nostrils and pushing air but none of these seem to work - I still have a distinct pain in my upper sinus cavities when changing pressure ...
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Why do some Air Forces not allow Color Blind Pilots?

Some Air forces (Like the Indian Air force) do not allow Color Blind pilots. Is this local only to the IAF or a global procedure? Also, are there any regulations regarding commercial pilots not being ...
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How much radiation is an airline pilot exposed to in a year?

Flying exposes us to more radiation since we are closer to the sun, and there is less atmosphere to protect us. Consider an airline pilot flying on a routine and frequent basis. How much radiation is ...
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Is there truly no way to get information about medical application status?

I had an event in 2005 that has not happened in the 10 years since. When I went for a 3rd class medical the AME I went to seemed very skittish and wanted to send my records to Oklahoma City for ...
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What are the minimum requirements to pass the FAA medical exam?

What are the requirements like height, weight, sight to pass the medical exam for getting a pilot's license ? Are there any medical conditions that would make someone to fail it? I know daltonism ...
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How should I deal with a passenger experiencing hypoxia over the Grand Canyon?

I am taking my mom for a trip over the grand canyon. My mom lives at sea level, whereas I live at 5000ft, and workout at 8000ft daily. The VFR lowest route over the Grand Canyon is 11,500ft MSL. If I ...
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Is there a legal requirement to tell your doctor you are a pilot?

Specifically if I visit a doctor in Canada who is not a CAME for my regular aviation medical, do I have to tell him/her that I have a pilot's licence? You can imagine why I'm asking. I just ...
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What can airline pilots do if they are no longer in the position to fly, career-wise?

I was having a discussion with a friend about the incident in the past days (4U 9525) and more specifically the what could be described as 'Taboo' of Psychological problems among pilots. We came ...
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What mental health standards must a candidate meet in order to qualify for a pilot's medical certificates?

What are the mental health standards (if any) that a candidate pilot must meet in order to qualify for a medical certificate? Answers for Canada, the US, and Europe would be particularly interesting ...
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Is the FAA Medical Exam an IRS Medical Expense?

Does the FAA Medical Exam for a medical certificate qualify as a Medical Expense per IRS Publication 502 (thus allowing one to deduct the expense, or utilize a Health Savings Account (HSA)/Flexible ...
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Why must one wait 48 hours to fly, after scuba diving?

Is this rule even true and why is it? I'm going to assume it has to do with pressure but can someone give me a good explanation?
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How are the “medical communication” headset sockets on some airliners used?

I was recently on a flight during which a passenger had a medical emergency. The passenger vomited and was reportedly unconscious. The aircraft was either a Boeing 737-700 or 737-800. I'm pretty ...
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Is there a list of CASA prohibited medications which would disqualify a pilot from flying or obtaining a Class 1 medical?

Is there a list of medications which would disqualify a pilot from flying or obtaining a Class 1 medical? Prior to having my medical I want to know if any medication I am likely to take will ...
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Can I become a pilot if I am under treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder?

I know that before you even begin training in flight school, you are required to get a physical examination from a doctor to determine if you are fit to fly. Online articles stressed the importance of ...
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Why do aviation careers have age limits?

Many aviation careers have mandatory retirement ages. Airline Pilot (licensed with FAA): 65 (raised from age 60 a few years ago) Controller FAA: 56 NATS: 60 Why do these age limits exist? Is it a ...
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Is flying without sunglasses in daylight doable in a Cessna 172?

Do the windows in a 172 provide any protection from the sun or is too bright? Particularly, if one wants to do a flying lesson and was told to bring sunglasses more than once. So, is it critical? My ...
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Why was I getting an uncomfortable feeling in an R22 at 3,000 feet?

I was thinking through my flying experiences when I remembered a strange sensation while I was a student. In a Robinson R22, with about 35 hours experience, I was doing a solo flyout to a nearby ...
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During descent, why do my ears hurt, but only sometimes?

Sometimes during descents or landings, my ears hurt. However, during takeoffs I never had any pain although my ears feel different, but it is not pain. I am not looking for a medical-related answer. ...
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For an FAA commercial license, can I use EASA/ICAO 2nd class medical?

I have an FAA 3rd class and EASA 2nd class medical. On my EASA 2nd class medical it says "This medical certificate complies with ICAO standards". To obtain an FAA commercial pilot license, will I ...
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Is the Valsalva Maneuver safe?

The Valsalva Maneuver is where a pilot or passenger pinches their nose, closes their mouth, and then attempts to exhale through their nose. It is used to equalize or clear a buildup of pressure in the ...
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Is the FAA the only authority with specific medical requirements for transgender pilots?

The FAA/CAMI imposes certain testing requirements on transgender pilots, listed in the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners under Item 41 (G-U System), subheading "Gender Identity Disorder". Is the ...
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In which countries a medically unfit US pilot can fly? [closed]

For example can one get another license in a foreign country? Which countries allow that?
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Can you obtain a pilot license with impaired vision / being blind in one eye?

A friend of mine is blind in one eye and has normal vision in the other eye. Would this prevent him from getting a Private Pilots License in the US?
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Is it possible to suffer barotrauma during decompression?

Barotrauma is damage of lungs by air overpressure and may occur at overpressure as low as 30 kPa (4 psi). Overpressure in most aircraft is about double that value. So is it possible to suffer ...
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Can having an incorrect hair color on my FAA medical certificate get me in trouble?

I just got a new FAA medical certificate, and I accidentally put down that my hair color is blonde when in reality it is dark brown. Also, my hair is listed as brown on my pilot certificate. I bleach ...
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Is it possible to obtain a PPL after having a brain surgery?

I am a 24 year old who has always aspired to become a pilot. I've decided to eventually get a private pilot's license so I can fly just for fun. However, a few months ago I was diagnosed with brain ...
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What should I expect during a first class medical examination?

About 57 months ago I got my first FAA medical, a second class certificate. I am currently a sophomore in college. I'm in AFROTC trying to become an Air Force pilot so I wanted to get a first class ...
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What can I do on the ground in order to help my body acclimate to aerobatics?

I've just started aerobatics training! Unfortunately, my middle ear really messes with me, particularly during loops. Strangely, aileron rolls give me no trouble at all. I know from other ...
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What if I fail to receive FAA Medical Certificate via mail?

My AME just called to let me know that my FAA Class 3 medical certificate had been issued and was sent to me via airmail from United States to China. Since April 7th, 2014 when it was dispatched, it ...
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Should I report my cured mild PTSD in the FAA medical certification application?

I am a combat veteran who was diagnosed with moderate Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after getting out last year. I decided to seek treatment and, upon reevaluation, am now at a very mild ...
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Do pilots who have color deficient eyesight see light gun signals differently?

Can pilots with color deficient eyesight expect to see the red, green, and white light-gun signals as such? In other words, if the controller is giving them a green light, will they see green? If they ...
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Will high blood pressure affect my pilot medical certification?

I will most definitely start a training for a glider pilot license at our local flight club. This of course requires a medical certification for pilots. The only concern I have, is my blood pressure. ...
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Can I be a commercial pilot if I've had a dental filling?

Is there something like a health requirement in serious airlines? Or is it just a myth? How are potential pilots screened when it comes down to physical requirements?
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Can a private pilot receive recurring training while waiting for a special-issuance medical approval?

In the last year, I have had to undergo bypass surgery. I am fully recovered now (and past the mandatory 6-month waiting period), but have just been apprised by my AME that my 3rd class medical ...