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Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 ...