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Poor Eyesight And Airline Pilot  
User currently offlineHerman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6237 times:


I'm just wondering, My eyesight is not perfect YET,

L 6/12
R 6/18

Does these mean that I'm not able to become an airline pilot, or am I still able to become an Airline pilot. Are these rules very strict. i mean they can be corrected to perfect vision with optical aids, So I don't see whats the problem.

Please Help me, I Need to know and I want to know!!

Gracias y Adios


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User currently offlineFirefly_cyhz From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 168 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

I just took my catagory 1 medical (commercial Pilot) and I also have to wear glasses. The doctor said it wouldn't matter unless the glasses perscription I have has a "refractive error of plus or minus 3.5 diopters" ( I don't know what that is but thats what the little slip of paper he gave me says). My eye sight is about 20/40 in both eyes.

User currently offlineRuscoe From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6152 times:

I do not know the requirements for Singapore.
In Australia provided your vision can be corrected to
6/9 in each eye separately, and 6/6 with both eyes open then you would meet the standard provided everything else is OK with your eyes.
As far as near vision is concerned you are required to be able to read N5 print (quite small)with or without glasses at 30 to 50 cm and N14 print(fairly large print) with or without glasses at about one metre.
However I think the best advice is to go and have the medical for a commercial standard before you spend any money on flying lessons.
Hope this helps.

User currently offlinePacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6127 times:

Try searching this in the tech/ops forum! I know that I started this topic named "Eyesight Regulations" a couple of mothes ago.

User currently offlineCXCPA From Hong Kong, joined May 2000, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6125 times:

All airlines pilots should have good sight and health body. Otherwise, the pilots will be fired! Now, Cathay Pacific want to employ ppilots, you can see the requirement on its website.

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6120 times:

Lufthansa requires their pilots to have perfect sight with the help of glasses not more than +/- 1 diopter.

User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (15 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

How small is N5, it's not as small as Times New Roman (font) at size 5 is it???

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