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Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is it possible to get a medical certificate from Canada and a pilot license in America?

I posted a question prior to this but it was too long and confusing. I have done some research and so I will ask: If I obtain a medical certificate from Transport Canada (TC), and get my commercial ...
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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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Is corrected astigmatism disqualifying for an EASA Class 1 medical?

I realize there are similar questions on the site already, but not one specifically dealt with my problem. I reside and plan to work in Europe so I looked up the EASA regulations, but I couldn't ...
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What are the drug testing procedures for EU airlines?

How do EU airlines test aircrew for drug use, specifically marijuana? Do they use hair tests, and how far back in time can they detect marijuana use?
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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 ...
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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 to deal with the noisy cockpit?

From the pilot perspective I want to know how to deal with the noise in the cockpit on the turboprop aircraft while long-run flights. The reason is old type aircraft with bad headphones which doesn't ...
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Can I get a first class medical with eyesight of -4.25/-1.00 diopters?

I'm wondering if I'm able to obtain the FAA 1st class medical certificate with the power of -4.25 and -1 in my eyes. I heard that the difference between the two eyes must not exceed 2 diopters.
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Can I get a 20/40 requirement waiver after cataract lens replacement?

I have had lens replacement surgery and now one eye is focused at 16” (close, reading distance)and the other eye is focused at a distance. I have 20/20 vision both at 16” and at distance as long as ...
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How do airline pilots relieve the physical stress and discomfort of sitting for long periods of time?

Airline pilots are required to sit in the cockpit for quite a considerable amount of time during their day. For example, during the preflight, climb and descend portions of the flight, there are many ...
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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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What are the minimum requirements for passing medical for PPL?

Where can I find the UK requirements to pass the medical exam for a PPL? Basically I would like to check my health and all the requirements with any doctor - I have health insurance plan, and when I ...
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Can a class 1 medical certificate be obtained when glasses are needed to achieve 20/20? [duplicate]

Will I be able to obtain an FAA/DGCA class 1 medical certificate if I have a power of -5.75 and -6.25 in both my eyes? It says "you should be able to maintain 20/20 vision with/without glasses" and ...
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Is there an FAA-published handbook for Aviation Physiology?

The FAA has many handbooks, but I don't see one in the list dealing with aeromedical or physiology information. Does such a handbook or advisory circular exist, or is this information only available ...
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How does single-sided deafness affect the different pilot licenses?

About 12 and a half years ago I lost the sense of hearing in my left ear due to borreliosis. However, I have always wanted to get a pilot's license at some point in my life. I am aware that for some (...
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Does having a halo effect after LASIK disqualify you from being a pilot for the Air Force or commercial pilot?

I had LASIK a while ago and I have some halo effects when I look at lights at night, and was wondering if that alone is something that would disqualify me from being a pilot for the Air Force or an ...
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Can I log any PIC time if my medical certificate is out of date and I haven't flown in 20 years?

I haven't flown in 20 years. My medical certificate is not up to date. Can I log a fam flight with a local instructor?
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Do (or can) pilots observe religious fasts when flying?

This question is about religious fasts like the Muslim Ramadan and others. Is there a civil aviation regulation about this? Must a pilot eat and drink by the regulations (or abstain from flying), or ...
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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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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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Is there a limit for which vision can be corrected to 20/20 vision for being a pilot?

I have 20/400 vision and can be corrected to 20/20 vision with glasses. Does having 20/400 vision disqualify me from getting a pilot license? Would it prevent me from getting the required medical ...
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Can pilots wear glasses/corrective lenses inside the cockpit?

I was wondering If I could wear corrective lenses/glasses inside the cockpit If I have a certified class 2 medical certificate?
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Can a pilot use glasses to meet the FAA required 20/20 vision?

When the FAA said that pilots require 20/20 vision, does that mean that you have to achieve 20/20 vision with glasses or without glasses?
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Can I get a FAA medical certificate and apply in an Indian airline?

I am an Indian, and was wondering if I could get an FAA medical certificate and apply in an Indian based airline. Is there a problem if I do that? Should I get the DGCA medical certificate itself?
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Can I get a DGCA medical certificate while wearing ortho- k lenses?

Will I get a DGCA medical certificate if I am wearing ortho- k lenses but have 20/20 vision?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 ...