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Quick Question For Any European Pilots (eyesight)  
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 11
Posted (12 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

This has been a topic before, but usually it was related to the FAA standards.

I have heard that in Europe, the standards for eyesight are far more strict than in the U.S. In the U.S., as long as your vision is correctable to 20/20, you're okay to fly for the airlines.

Is that the same for European carriers? I've read that Lufthansa only allows for something like 1.25 diopters off naturally, with no correction allowed that supercedes that. Is this correct?

What are the vision standards in Europe I guess is what I'm asking.


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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Have held several European licenses/validations over the years, and all required just about what the FAA has in the way of eyesight standards.

Airline companies however may be a different ballgame altogether. Some are very strict with new younger pilots.

User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

British Airways, for example, quotes that one of their requirements for entry to the sponsorship scheme is a 'BA Standard' medical... which is higher than a UK CAA Class 1. Ouch.

I've heard that pilots who are established in their career can get away with a lot with regards to the medical. It's mainly the Initial Class 1 where they err on the side of fascism.

User currently offlineFlysab From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 5 hours ago) and read 3417 times:

Take a look at www.jaa.nl
Select "JARs" in left hand column, then JAR-FCL 3 and you will find all medical requirements for the JAA licences.

Yes it is more stringent than the FAA as you are allowed to use corrective lenses to reach the required eyesight, but this allowed correction is limited.

[Edited 2003-06-09 11:19:19]

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