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Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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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 ...
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What is the validity duration of FAA Medical for international flights?

FAA Rule: The duration of FAA medical certificates is specified in 14 CFR 61.23. An example would be for: A first-class medical certificate Applicant is under age 40 Applicant is an airline ...
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How can I get an FAA Class 3 medical re-examination?

I have some headache problems and my examiner submitted my data for deferred examination on the FAA website. The results have yet to come back but let's suppose that I fail on this one - can I apply ...
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What medications may pilots take while flying?

We all get sick, suffer from allergies and sometimes chronic issues. It is not safe to fly while on some medicines or in some cases, for some time after taking the medicine. How do I know what I can ...
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Can a person with Type 1 Diabetes get a medical and learn to fly?

A friend of mine has had Type 1 diabetes most of his life, and has it well under control. How does he go about finding out if he can get his medical and learn to fly?
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What are the FAA sport-pilot self-certification standards?

Consider a hypothetical pilot who knows they have a medical condition which the FAA considers disqualifying (under the standard medical qualification standards). Is that pilot permitted to operate ...