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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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 - ...