N844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3505 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.
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Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3501 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.
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JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4498 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3494 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) There are some other certain visual requirements pertaining to the FAA medical, I'll look for a link shortly.
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3491 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).