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Pilot medical certification, physiological and psychological factors related to aviation

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 it legal for pilots to transport or use marijuana?

More and more states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. What does that mean for pilots? Is it legal for pilots to transport marijuana within states that have legalized it? Can pilots ...
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In the United States, is there any way I can fly without a medical certificate?

I live in the United States. I haven't been able to get a medical certificate yet, but I'm interested in flying airplanes (or maybe other kinds of aircraft). Is there any way I can fly without having ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any negative health indications from getting sea legs?

I recently completed a long XC and upon completion I suffered a bit from sea legs. The XC was for the 250nm requirement for my instrument rating and was performed in a C172. It took about 3.5hrs to ...
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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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How can I get flying again after FAA medical rejection for anxiety two years ago?

Post Military Service I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and put on Zoloft (Sertraline). I had taken it for a while but had not refilled my prescription, and was off the meds with the ...
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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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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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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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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 you be a pilot after being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Went to my primary care physician who referred me to the psychologist. Went in for two evaluations. The only thing that had been written on my medical record was anxiety, no medications of any sort ...
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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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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 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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My driver's license was suspended for not having insurance. Should I even bother to apply for a medical?

My insurance lapsed for a few days, and during that few days that I got caught. Furthermore, it's the second suspension in my life because I got a bunch of tickets when I was younger. I hold a sport-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...