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Can i be a pilot with glasses

Old 1st Apr 2019, 16:24
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Can i be a pilot with glasses

Hi there, Could someone please tell me if i can become a pilot even though i have glasses? I would like to become a pilot in the RAF but was not sure due to this problem.
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Old 1st Apr 2019, 19:06
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See here:

OFFICER and AIRCREW 'CANDIDATES' PLEASE READ THIS THREAD FIRST!

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but highly likely you can’t.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 00:43
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As long as they are full, you may be accepted, but if they are correcting your vision, you will be sorely disappointed.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 00:58
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Perhaps if they contained Pink Gin....you might be a cinch for the Navy.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 07:37
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Check the CAA aeromedical branch. If not the RAF, commercial flying may still be a possibility. Expensive though. Good luck either way.
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Commercial wise, some companies do sponsorship.

https://www.pilotcareernews.com/flying-scholarships/

http://yesflyers.org.uk/scholarships/
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 10:45
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Current advice is spekkys can apply for pilot and attempt CBAT.

I suspect your score would need to be through the roof to be picked ahead of an applicant with uncorrected vision. Or it could be a cynical ploy to get people who would normally walk away through the door and talk them into another branch.
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I remember when I had my one and only flight in a Lightning (T4). After he had done his pre takeoff checks at the holding point the pilot reached into his flying suit pocket, extracted a pair of aircrew specs and put them on. My illusions about "steely-eyed fighter pilots" were shattered! In all seriousness he had obviously started off training with uncorrected vision and the specs came along later. Don't know how it goes for WSOP these days, but from the outset as a nav I had prescription specs, which I have to admit I rarely wore as they were for distance work and I didn't need any help seeing the H2S screen a few feet in front of my nose.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 12:02
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In a nutshell, yes and no.

Yes, there are military pilots who wear glasses. Unfortunately, for you these are pilots who started out with perfect eyesight which then deteriorated marginally some years after they were already on the job.

No, the RAF or any other organisation is not going to select someone for pilot training who already wears glasses when they can choose from thousands who don’t – why would they?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news (I discovered all of this first hand myself many years ago).

All the best, and good luck.

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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 12:11
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Originally Posted by Wannabepilot01 View Post
Hi there, Could someone please tell me if i can become a pilot even though i have glasses? I would like to become a pilot in the RAF but was not sure due to this problem.
USAF, USN, and USMC accept folks into their pilot program whose eyes have been corrected by [email protected] surgery. Don't know if RAF does or not and if not why not.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 12:22
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USAF, USN, and USMC accept folks into their pilot program whose eyes have been corrected by [email protected] surgery. Don't know if RAF does or not and if not why not.
Interesting. Things may have changed, but certainly when I was going through the process [email protected] surgery was a definite 'No No!' - it was stated on the qualification criteria that no applicants would be accepted with corrective [email protected] surgery.

Of course, that was a while ago and no doubt procedures and success rates have improved so maybe not the issue it once was.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 12:31
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The CAA now insist that I wear reading glasses! I never did whilst in the RAF though...
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 13:12
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And now for the definitive answer...

https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/m...lude-entry.pdf

Hopefully that tells you all you need to know.

It took me five seconds to google ‘RAF [email protected] eye surgery’!

I’m the first to offer encouragement to prospective applicants but please try a little harder!

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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 13:17
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https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/m...lude-entry.pdf

Hopefully that tells you all you need to know.

It took me five seconds to google ‘RAF [email protected] eye surgery’!

I’m the first to offer encouragement to prospective applicants but please try a little harder!

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To be fair, the OP asked about aircrew wearing glasses. Helpful though your link is, it doesn't actually answer his question.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 13:25
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The CAA now insist that I wear reading glasses! I never did whilst in the RAF though...
Proves the CAA requires a Pilot to be able to read.

Did they also test your ability to speak.....English as does the FAA?
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 13:28
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Proves the CAA requires a Pilot to be able to read.
No. The requirement is for ONE pilot to be able to read. That's the reason for two crew; the other one can write.
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Came across a documentary on yewchoob the other day on Tornado Down which included interviews with the crew. I was interested to hear John Peters say that he 'popped out his contact lenses' not long after landing in his 'chute. Which made me think;
1. I didn't think FJ crew could wear contacts lenses? I thought there was a 'g' issue with them? Not to mention them potentially moving about when flying.
2. If you happened to be 'downed aircrew', glasses or contacts are not going to be with you for long so you will have to manage without 'in captivity'. Given what happened to these guys, probably not a big issue but could be if you were planning an escape.
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Came across a documentary on yewchoob the other day on Tornado Down which included interviews with the crew. I was interested to hear John Peters say that he 'popped out his contact lenses' not long after landing in his 'chute. Which made me think;
1. I didn't think FJ crew could wear contacts lenses? I thought there was a 'g' issue with them? Not to mention them potentially moving about when flying.
2. If you happened to be 'downed aircrew', glasses or contacts are not going to be with you for long so you will have to manage without 'in captivity'. Given what happened to these guys, probably not a big issue but could be if you were planning an escape.
That is interesting. I wear contacts, and cannot imagine having them in for an extended period of time, let along for high-g maneuvering etc. If he had got sand into them after landing on the ground, it would have been completely debilitating.
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 13:50
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I must have misread the title of the thread then!

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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 15:05
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RAF medical requirements are here;
https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/h...h-requirements
Doesn't appear to give specific eyesight requirements but states "A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew. Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest."
That is what the OP should do.
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