Sponsor Message:
Aviation Technical / Operations Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
PPL Vision Requirements  
User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Just going over some preliminary paperwork for PPL training, and I just read that 20/50 vision is the minimum. Mine is very significantly worse than that but correctable to 20/20. I believe there is a waiver process; is that right? If so, what are the realistic minimums on vision?

I need to get out and get my medical done, but I'm just wondering what I should expect going into it, or if there's any point to doing so. (I mean it, my vision is awful.) Also, not that this is anything close to resembling an immediate concern, but with poor vision, would I have any chance of one day acquiring an ATP license?

Sorry for asking a question that's surely been covered before -- the search didn't turn anything up for me though, and I couldn't find anything useful on the internet.

New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
6 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

you need to be corrected to 20/20, or 20/40 with the waiver i think. ask your AME, he'll know. the medical exam is just like a normal physical, with the exception that you get this little piece of paper at the end of it.

"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4498 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

If it's correctable to 20/20 in all aspects (near, middle, distant), no problem with any class medical! They'll issue you a medical right then and there without any waiver, just a restriction on it, similar to a driver license, that you must wear corrective lenses. As long as you can correct it to 20/20, you're eligible for the Class 1 medical no problem (in the eyes at least)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy There are some other certain visual requirements pertaining to the FAA medical, I'll look for a link shortly.

I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

You are eligible for a 3rd class medical with vision correctable to 20/40. 3rd class only applies to private pilot priviledges, when you move up to commercial and ATP licenses, you'll need higher medicals (requiring corrected to 20/20).

User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

and no red green color blindness.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29941 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

If you are correctable to 20/20 then don't worry about it.

I was flying around 20/200 correctable.

I also belive that those floors that the others mentioned are waivable under a demonstration of ability process.

I don't remember the name of the group but they are working on developing systems for blind pilots.

User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

Thanks, everyone, for all the help. It looks like I received some incorrect information when I was first looking; this is a big load off my mind.

Thanks again.

New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic PPL Vision Requirements
No username? Sign up now!

Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Tech/Ops related posts only!
  • Not Tech/Ops related? Use the other forums
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)

Similar topics:More similar topics...
British Airways Vision Limit posted Fri Mar 30 2007 17:42:35 by Tarzanboy
Instrument Training For PPL posted Mon Jan 15 2007 23:24:42 by Redcordes
Boeing 737 Minimum Take-off/Landing Requirements posted Fri Nov 3 2006 16:22:57 by NZ8800
ATC Vision Requirement? posted Wed Oct 18 2006 11:07:57 by VikingA346
Etops Requirements For B737NG & B757 posted Sat Sep 2 2006 15:05:53 by HAWK21M
Runway Length Requirements For B747-400 With Mtow posted Tue Aug 8 2006 12:09:07 by F+ Rouge
Vision Enhancement(glasses Vs Surgery)? posted Tue Jul 25 2006 09:23:30 by FlyMatt2Bermud
A Few Questions About PPL posted Tue Jun 13 2006 16:13:06 by KLM672
PPL Air Law Exam Advice posted Thu Feb 2 2006 09:56:16 by LawrenceMck
UK CAA And 380 Separation Requirements posted Mon Jan 16 2006 17:37:29 by PhilSquares

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format