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Old 27th Apr 2013, 20:31
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Eyes criteria


I'm french and I want to do my ATPL training in Canada.
My vision:

Right eye: 3,25 myopia and 0,75 astigmatism
Left eye: 4,50 myopia and 0,75 astigmatism

Do you think that I'm able to class 1 ?
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Old 28th Apr 2013, 01:08
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You are outside of the minimum requirements of 3.0 (info found here: Part IV - Personnel Licensing and Training - Transport Canada ) so officially they can refuse you based on that at an initial medical.

However, I do know several people who passed an initial category 1 medical with similar vision to you (but of course corrected to 20/30 or better with contacts or glasses) so it depends on how picky the medical examiner is, I guess.

Do you hold a Class 1 FAA or equivalent JAA medical by any chance?
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Old 29th Apr 2013, 21:28
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Corrected or uncorrected in each eye.
both eyes

There isn't any refractive limit..
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Old 1st May 2013, 06:28
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When I got my initial Cat 1, ~20 years ago, I was almost identical to you (no astigmatism, though..) I applied for 'flexibility' of the vision requirements - I think that my opthalmologist had to write a letter stating that my eyesight was correctable to 20/20, and had been stable at that prescription for a few years - thanks to all that, a waiver was granted, and I was off to the races.

Best thing to do would be to find a Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner in your area, spend the $ for an exam, and start the process. Then you'll know for sure..

Good Luck!
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Old 1st May 2013, 16:30
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I talked to a CAN AME on the phone a while back he seemed not to be aware or care about those limits. The only way IMHO that an AME would know if you exceeded those limits is to walk in with an optometrists report. I don't think such a report is required at exam time.

Go for it!
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Old 1st May 2013, 17:38
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Thanks for answers.

To conclude:

I'm outside of the minimum requirements. But it's possible to be declared fit with an additional ophthalmologic examination.
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