Do You Have to Disclose Your Medical Condition to FAA?
When you decide to become a pilot, one of the many forms you must fill out is a medical condition disclosure. This gives you the opportunity to disclose all of the medical conditions that you suffer from as well as what current prescription medication you are taking.
It’s crucial that you are honest while filling out this questionnaire, as it can have a huge impact upon your future piloting career.
Another aspect of the disclosure is that you must report all of the physician’s appointments you underwent in the last three years. Typically, this will require you to obtain your detailed medical history from your primary care provider, which is freely available to you since it concerns your own history.
If you have previously filed an application with the FAA and your medical conditions have changed, you must report how they have, as this is pertinent for the FAA to know when reviewing your paperwork.
While this may seem like intensely-personal information you don’t want to share with anyone but your doctor, it is necessary for the FAA to know whether you are fit to become a pilot based upon your medical background. Some people’s conditions can be worsened by flying, leading to dangers and accidents that could have otherwise been avoided, and the FAA wants to prevent these types of accidents from occurring.
It’s also important to note that despite some conditions disqualifying you from air service, there are always exceptions and special dispensations that can be made if you are able to prove your physical and mental safety whilst flying. This can come in the form of doctor’s notes, practical flying tests, or other types of approval measures.
Under some circumstances, these conditions may only disqualify you temporarily, such as anemia and acute infections, so consult with an attorney to see if you may qualify for an exception or will be able to reapply at a later date.
Aviation should be fun--not a stressor added into your life. When it becomes a chore or something you dread, call Vangorodska to schedule your appointment. There’s no time to delay when it comes to your freedom of flight - so so do not wait until it is too late to save your career and certifications.
Being a pilot himself, Yulia Vangorodska has worked in aviation law for several years now, and his expertise in the area of FAA medical certifications is almost unmatched in the states of New York and New Jersey. If you are looking to obtain your pilot’s certificate but are afraid you may not qualify, contact his office to learn more. Vangorodska can guide you through the process and make it much easier for you to understand everything that is required of you in order to comply with FAA regulations, so you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Call today to speak with a talented associate that can help with your case. You may not feel like it yet, but soon enough you will be flying around the clouds if you are able to get this small problem solved. Do not delay and make things harder for yourself in the future, when you are older and not quite as healthy.