CV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 951 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 633 times:
With the FAA the answer is no. You do have to pass a First Class medical to be Captain, along with most airlines requiring it for both crew members, and if you are over weight it could cause problems. So, technically the answer is no, but you should be in reasonable shape in order to pass the medical.
FlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 607 times:
You do have to pass a First Class medical to be Captain... and if you are over weight it could cause problems.
Not true. I'm 5'10'' and 250 lbs and I just yesterday earned my first class med. 5'10''/250 is considered obease (I'm trying to lower that second number, and I run 1/4 a mile a day) The reason I got the 1st class (I'm a student pilot) is because I wanted to be sure I could get one later in life... appearantly obeasity isn't disqualifying in America... The only cases in which it would be disqualifying would be if it were accompinied by a heart condition, or if it "Makes the person unable to safely perform the duties or exercise the privileges of the airman certificate applied for or held" That would have to be one really fat pilot!!!