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Old 7th Aug 2013, 00:38
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Question Pilots and eyesight

I searched about this a lot but got to NO definitive answers. Suppose a person has vision somewhere between -7 and -9 (-8 might do) but after checks he gets a first class medical from FAA, CAA , AND TC. Will he still be able to become a pilot for a good standard international airline? (Will airlines reject because of vision or 20/20 corrective will do? )

answers form pilots will be highly obliged! THANK YOU!
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Once you have a Class 1 medical

then your eyesight is based on corrected standard.

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Thanks..but can u answer the qs I send u... Pls
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Old 7th Aug 2013, 18:44
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I'd say depends on the country and airline. In the US, as long as you meet the standard of holding a FAA first class medical, the airlines can not say you are not medically qualified.
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Actually several airlines over the years have had more stringent medical requirements than the FAA. Corrected vision is usually okay but an FAA class 1 is not always good enough.
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Yes, they used to. (The reason I'm not at brand AA.) However when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, that stopped. Reasoning being if the the FAA says a First Class is required to fly as a 121 Captain and the FAA will issue me a First Class, an airline is hard pressed to justify a higher standard.
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Old 8th Aug 2013, 10:36
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No not correct. Delta was administering a medical exam as recently as their last round of hiring. Post ADA Delta was still administering a full-on physicsal exam including stress test ekg, cholesterol, eye exam etc. And I work with a guy who failed the medical at American eagle for hypertension. AE still conducts a medical exam last I checked. AA may well do one when they start hiring again soon too. ADA has nothing to do with it.
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Yes but Delta no longer states uncorrected vision 20/30.
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