redngold
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Deaf Pilot Receives Instrument Rating

Mon Feb 27, 2006 5:53 am

See the following articles that were published in The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio, USA):

He can't hear, but can fly blind' on instruments via a little help (Friday, February 24, 2006)
http://www.cleveland.com/search/inde...04306940.xml?ncounty_summit&coll=2


Akron flier breaks ground for deaf pilots (Saturday, February 25, 2006)
http://www.cleveland.com/search/inde...52137270.xml?ncounty_summit&coll=2

Congratulations, Stephen Hopson!
Up, up and away!
 
bravo45
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RE: Deaf Pilot Receives Instrument Rating

Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:08 pm

Amazing!!! And I thought all possible milestones have been reached already.

Congrats and best of luck to Stephen Hopson.
So he is instrument rated but can't fly solo yet??
 
SmithAir747
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RE: Deaf Pilot Receives Instrument Rating

Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:21 am

This gives me hope yet!

I've always wanted to learn to fly a plane, but have had doubts because of my lack of outer ears, ear canals, and middle ears.

I wear a BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid), an implantable device consisting of a screw in the bone behind where my right ear should be and a small vibrator box that snaps onto it. It works by converting sound into vibrations that resonate the bone so my inner ear picks up the vibrations; ie, it bypasses the missing/blocked ear canal and middle ear structures so I can still hear. In contrast to the old big bulky headband-mounted hearing aids with body battery packs (mid-20th century technology), the BAHA is my most reliable, clearest hearing aid that allows me to hear directionally.

Without my BAHA I'm legally deaf.

The problem is, I cannot use most styles of headphones or ear buds (due to the lack of both ear canals). Thus, when I travel by air, I cannot use IFE.

Would I still have to have earphones? If so, could I have special ones that fit over the hearing aid (ie, large cup ones), or what would I need to do about my hearing in order so I could fly?

Is there anything compatible with bone-conduction hearing aids, or could I somehow mount a speaker in the cockpit?

I'm determined to learn how to fly someday (when I have time after my studies at King's College London); my attitude is that I can do anything I set my heart to do and find ways to get around my obstacles.

SmithAir747
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bond007
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RE: Deaf Pilot Receives Instrument Rating

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:51 am

Well, not to take anything away from the guy, but practically he doesn't have a 'true' instrument license if he can't fly without an instructor..in fact not just any instructor, but one that can communicate with him.

I wouldn't want to be flying commercial with somebody that cannot hear a late 'go around' instruction, or a quick avoidance instruction, even if they do have an instructor sitting next to them.

hey, maybe in the days of all data and text ATC, things will be different.


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atrude777
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RE: Deaf Pilot Receives Instrument Rating

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:56 am

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 3):
hey, maybe in the days of all data and text ATC, things will be different.

I have confidence in the next 5-10 yrs we will have text radio from ATC where we read what ATC says to us instead of hearing it. Even some hearing people have trouble understanding the ATC and they hear clear as a bell.

I am also hearing-impaired and wish to get a license, all I can go for is a VFR, but I'd rather be IFR.

While I do understand you don't mean to take away from his pride, but the fact is he CAN now fly using instruments, just of course needs someone with him. Before, he couldnt use intruments meaning he couldn't fly above clouds or at night, had ot be all visual. Now he can!

Alex
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bond007
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RE: Deaf Pilot Receives Instrument Rating

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:10 am

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 4):
Before, he couldnt use intruments meaning he couldn't fly above clouds or at night, had ot be all visual. Now he can!

Yes, the article mentioned he can now fly at night, but an instrument rating is not required for night flight in the USA (in Europe it is I believe).

In fact you can fly solo VFR, but have a limitation, "Not Valid for Flights Requiring the Use of Radio". You can even fly into controlled airports with prior arrangements.


Jimbo
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