YYZRWY23
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Airline Medical Testing

Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:18 pm

I am going to be taking a colour vision test in the coming weeks as I failed 2 years ago and want to see one last time if I can be a pilot. Now if am able to pass the more practical lantern or light gun test, will airlines test me again for colour vision if I already passed all components of the Transport Canada Category 1 Medical (including the colour component)? Anyone with this knoweldge for any airlines is appreaciated as I don't want to get as far as medical testing at an airline and be rejected. Also, will an airline let you take a practical test for colour vision like the ones I will be taking?

I would appreciate information on this for as many airlines as possible, not only in Canada or North America. Thanks!

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RE: Airline Medical Testing

Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:35 pm

I have worked for several small and large airlines; the small ones I worked for tended to simply accept the first class medical without much additional testing, the two large carriers I have worked for both gave extremely thorough hiring medicals of their own including color vision tests. I don't know what the norm is in all parts of the world, but that's been my experience, and I hope it helps. Good luck to you.
 
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RE: Airline Medical Testing

Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:55 am



Quoting YYZRWY23 (Thread starter):
Anyone with this knoweldge for any airlines is appreaciated as I don't want to get as far as medical testing at an airline and be rejected.

If you're looking to work for one of the major airlines in Canada there's a good chance they'll have their own hiring medical. The company I'm currently with had their own medical and it was way more intense than the one I got from my AME.

If you can get a 1st class medical you should be able to find some airline that will hire you.
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RE: Airline Medical Testing

Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:01 am

We at Mx have an annual medicals which always includes "colour vision tests" apart from audio/reflex & rest of Physical/medical checks.
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RE: Airline Medical Testing

Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:44 am



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
We at Mx have an annual medicals which always includes "colour vision tests" apart from audio/reflex & rest of Physical/medical checks.

We're supposed to have an annual medical as well but my name hasn't been called. We do however have random drug tests but they don't feel that random. I've had one in the last year whereas a co-worker of mine has had like three or four.

Quoting Shhpanked (Reply 2):
If you can get a 1st class medical you should be able to find some airline that will hire you.

...after I reread this I felt like it was sort of vague. Anyways, I'll elaborate:

If an AME feels that you're fit for a 1st class medical you'll be able to find work somewhere. A lot of companies want to see the appropriate medical and that's enough to suffice. The company I worked for in Vegas was like this. All they did was photocopy my medical and that was the end of that.

Quoting YYZRWY23 (Thread starter):
Anyone with this knoweldge for any airlines is appreaciated as I don't want to get as far as medical testing at an airline and be rejected

My advice is to take baby steps. Don't worry about medical testing at the airlines until you get there. For now focus on getting a medical then finishing you're training. If it gives you any peace of mind though if you have a first class or second class medical you'll be able to find work with an operator somewhere without having to go through a hiring medical.
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RE: Airline Medical Testing

Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:09 am



Quoting Shhpanked (Reply 4):
We're supposed to have an annual medical as well but my name hasn't been called. We do however have random drug tests but they don't feel that random. I've had one in the last year whereas a co-worker of mine has had like three or four.

Out here its mandatory once in 12months,else one can't work.

The random checks [Alcosensor/urine/blood] on line duty continue at times too but not so frequent.

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RE: Airline Medical Testing

Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:09 pm



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 1):
the small ones I worked for tended to simply accept the first class medical without much additional testing, the two large carriers I have worked for both gave extremely thorough hiring medicals of their own including color vision tests

This seems to be the norm from knowledge I have gathered but I spoke with a doctor at Transport Canada and he said that airlines may do any medical testing they choose, but he said colour vision isn't extremely likely as it isn't a something that changes overtime unless something has happened, and if you hold an unrestricted Category 1 Medical, your colour vision is fine for aviation purposes. Thank you for that information though.

Quoting Shhpanked (Reply 4):
My advice is to take baby steps. Don't worry about medical testing at the airlines until you get there. For now focus on getting a medical then finishing you're training.

I know to take baby steps, but I always look far ahead. I actually haven't begun training as it will be incorporated in the university program I want to go to; which is why I want to test colour vision now, to see if I should pursue a different degree program.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Out here its mandatory once in 12months,else one can't work

Here medicals are done every year as FO and every 6 months as a Captain iirc, but I am not very sure.

Thank you for all your help and support!

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RE: Airline Medical Testing

Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:19 am



Quoting YYZRWY23 (Reply 6):
Here medicals are done every year as FO and every 6 months as a Captain iirc, but I am not very sure.

For Flying crew its 6 months interval.I was referring to Licenced Maintenance personnell,that is 12 months interval.
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