vikinga346
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ATC Vision Requirement?

Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:07 pm

This is a question that should probably be answered by anyone working in the ATC field:

What are the vision requirements for a ATC position today? I have looked around for the req. but haven't found anything much. I would assume you need 20/20 vision, but I don't know....

Is the ATC position greatly dependent on good vision? Are ATC controllers sitting directly in front of a monitor where they can adjust their position to the screen, or do they need to have good distance vision to see multiple monitors? Any information would be appreciated.
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RE: ATC Vision Requirement?

Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:08 pm

Which country do you want the information for?
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RE: ATC Vision Requirement?

Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:46 pm

Quoting Spruit (Reply 1):
Which country do you want the information for?

That is true it varies and do you want to be a tower or center controller?
 
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RE: ATC Vision Requirement?

Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:47 am

VikingA346: I've only ever gotten to panel interview stage in Australia (one step short of the medical), but I believe it requires a CASA Class III Medical, there should be info on the CASA site about what those requirements are.

I *think* it requires 6/6 (the old 20/20) corrected vision, meaning glasses/contacts can be used, but it's been a few years since I've looked.
 
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RE: ATC Vision Requirement?

Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:07 am

Quoting VikingA346 (Thread starter):
Is the ATC position greatly dependent on good vision? Are ATC controllers sitting directly in front of a monitor where they can adjust their position to the screen, or do they need to have good distance vision to see multiple monitors? Any information would be appreciated.

Though I do not hold an ATC licence, I am a studying for it and hold a fully-valid (Croatian) ATC medical certificate, despite me being shortsighted. My vision is -3.50 on the left eye and -3.75 on the right, but with lenses I have the standard 20/20.

Eurocontrol (for Europe at least) said it would allow down to -5, with correction, but I'm unsure of the status of this.
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vikinga346
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RE: ATC Vision Requirement?

Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:35 pm

Quoting Spruit (Reply 1):
Which country do you want the information for?



Quoting Skyman (Reply 2):

That is true it varies and do you want to be a tower or center controller?

I'm going to be most interested in the United States, but also have citizenship in Sweden so the EU would also be of interest. Not so much interested in Australia (where I am now - will be leaving in a month).

I am interested in both Center/Tower, as far as I know, I think you have to have 20/20 vision in the U.S. for either position, but I'm not positive. I might need to get laser surgery in order for this to be of any possibility.

I would like to know if it is indeed 20/20 corrected for the FAA, and if perhaps it is the same/varies in Europe?

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RE: ATC Vision Requirement?

Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:36 pm

I am a tower controller in the USA and hold a Class III medical certificate to perform the duties. As for the eyesight requirement, your eyesight has to be correctable to 20/20 with either glasses or contacts. I will admit that my eyesight without glasses or contacts is around 20/400 or 20/450.

Hope that this helps.
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