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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When must FAA reply to my letter?

I have sent letters requesting action and/or clarifications to the FAA medical certifications branch. How long can FAA legally delay before they are required to answer my questions in writing?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you become a pilot with an Asperger syndrome diagnosis in Europe?

I have the diagnosis results for Asperger syndrome (scored 177 out of 76 required to get the diagnosis). Are there any regulations in Europe that can stop me from achieving my life goal: To fly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Does my 1st class medical give me 2nd and 3rd class medical privileges after it expires?

If a 35 year-old pilot were issued a 1st class medical on January 15, 2012, am I correct that that pilot would be able to exercise privileges requiring a 1st class medical until January 15, 2013? Or ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...