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Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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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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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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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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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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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 - ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...