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UAV / UAS Drone Pilot / Fitness Standards & Exemptions
aerial vehicles are a growing part aviation and national defense
strategies. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as drones, are
aircraft either controlled by pilots from the ground or increasingly,
autonomously following a pre-programmed pattern or mission. While federal
rules concerning drones are changing rapidly, currently a UAS/UAV Drone
pilot or "Pilot In Command" must hold either an airline transport pilot,
commercial, private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. The PIC
must also hold a current FAA airman medical certificate or a valid U.S.
driver’s license if operating under a sport pilot certificate.
The FAA airman medical certificate requirements are listed below. These civilian aviation standards have been developed for both the use of the aircraft and pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles.
are waivers available for many medical
conditions. Exemptions for UAV/UAS Drone's used for economic benefit or
commercial operations, may also be obtained from Pilot
Medical Solutions, Inc. (leftseat.com).
FAA Synopsis of UAV/UAS (Drone) Pilot Medical Standards
|DISTANT VISION||20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction.|
|NEAR VISION||20/40 or better in each eye separately (Snellen equivalent), with or without correction, as measured at 16 inches.|
|COLOR VISION||Ability to perceive those colors necessary for safe performance of airmen duties.|
|HEARING||Demonstrate hearing of an average conversational voice in a quiet room, using both ears at 6 feet, with the back turned to the examiner OR pass one of the audiometric tests below or:|
|PULSE||Not disqualifying per se. Used to determine cardiac system status and responsiveness.|
|BLOOD PRESSURE||No specified values stated in the standards. Current guideline maximum is 155/95.|
Audiometric speech discrimination test: (Score at least 70% discrimination in one ear) or:
Pure tone audiometric test: Unaided,
with thresholds no worse than:
|EAR, NOSE, THROAT||No ear disease or condition manifested by, or that may reasonably be expected to be manifested by, vertigo or a disturbance of speech or equilibrium.|
|MENTAL||No diagnosis of psychosis, or bipolar disorder, or severe personality disorders.|
|SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE & SUBSTANCE ABUSE||A diagnosis or medical history of substance dependence is disqualifying unless there is established clinical evidence, satisfactory to the Federal Air Surgeon, of recovery, including sustained total abstinence from the substance(s) for not less than the preceding 2 years. A history of substance abuse within the preceding 2 years is disqualifying. Substance includes alcohol and other drugs (i.e., PCP, sedatives and hynoptics, anxiolytics, marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, hallucinogens, and other psychoactive drugs or chemicals).|
Airman with these conditions may still be eligible for "Special Issuance" of a medical certificate.
|Unless otherwise directed by the FAA, the Examiner must deny or defer if the applicant has a history of: (1) Diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medication; (2) Angina pectoris; (3) Coronary heart disease that has been treated or, if untreated, that has been symptomatic or clinically significant; (4) Myocardial infarction; (5) Cardiac valve replacement; (6) Permanent cardiac pacemaker; (7) Heart replacement; (8) Psychosis; (9) Bipolar disorder; (10) Personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts; (11) Substance dependence; (12) Substance abuse; (13) Epilepsy; (14) Disturbance of consciousness and without satisfactory explanation of cause, and (15) Transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.|
UAV / DRONE PILOT FITNESS & GENERAL FAA MEDICAL FORMS
The forms below provide general
guidance in the category listed.
These forms may not be appropriate for your specific condition or situation.
Pilot Medical Solutions at 800-699-4457
for expert guidance and accelerated FAA UAS/UAV exemption certification.
|333 Checklist||FAA 333 Public Guidance|
|333 Checklist||FAA 333 Exemption Checklist|
|8500-8||Airman Medical Application HTML Version|
|AIM||Airman Information Manual|
|Chg. ADD||Change of Address|
|Change ID||Change Airman Identification Number|
|Chg. Name||Change Airman Name|
|8710-10||Designated Pilot Examiner Application|
|UAV||Drone Pilot Medical Research|
|7480-1||Landing Area Proposal Notice|
|Pilots||NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System|
|Controllers||NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System|
|Mechanics||NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System|
|NOTAM's||Current Notices To Airmen|
|Security||FAA Security Statement Form|
|SELCAL||Selective Calling Application / Aeronautical Radio, Inc.|
|Waiver#1||FAA Flight Waiver Form 1|
|Waiver#2||FAA Flight Waiver Form 2|
|7162A||FAA Experimental Petition Form 7162A|
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