The diagnosis or history of:
Alcoholism, Substance Dependence, or Substance Abuse is disqualifying in the absence of favorable
According to the FAA, "Substance"
includes: Alcohol; other sedatives and hypnotics; anxiolytics; opiods; central
nervous system stimulant such as cocaine, amphetamines, and similarly acting
sympathomimetic; hallucinogens; phencyclidine or similarly acting
arylcyclohexylamines; cannabis; inhalants; and other psychoactive drugs and
The FAA defines "Substance dependence"
as: A condition in which a person is dependent on a substance, other than
tobacco or ordinary xanthine-containing (e.g., caffeine) beverages as evidenced
- Increased tolerance
- Manifestation of withdrawal symptoms
- Impaired control of use; or
- Continued use despite damage to
physical health or impairment of social, personal, or occupational functioning
These issues typically require documentation of sustained abstinence
and a psychiatric evaluation performed in
compliance with FAA medical
protocols. Again, this includes:
- DUI's and DWI's
- The use of PCP, Sedatives, Hypnotics, Anxiolytics, Marijuana, Cocaine, Opiates,
Amphetamines, Hallucinogens, or other psychoactive drugs or chemicals.
Authorization must be obtained from the
Aeromedical Certification Division of the FAA in Oklahoma City. In most cases,
Aviation Medical Examiners (AME's) cannot approve certification and will defer
to Oklahoma City FAA. The deferral process usually takes 4-6 months without our
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