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Medical Question

#1 Post by Pilzio » Tue May 29, 2012 2:47 pm

Hey guys and gals, i have just returned home from a failed Lantern test. I am colour blind, and want to get into commercial aviation. What are my steps from here, what should I do? Should I retake the lantern test, or is there anything else i can do in order to receive my CPL?
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Re: Medical Question

#2 Post by culver10 » Tue May 29, 2012 3:16 pm

Since EVERBODY these days has a smart phone in thier pocket I think it would be much safer to phone ATC in case of radio failure vs. relying on light signals? Small pocket VHF radios are cheap and very effective also. I guess the only other issue with being color blind is the airport lighting? Good luck, I feal for you.
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Re: Medical Question

#3 Post by Pilzio » Tue May 29, 2012 3:31 pm

Hah its not a fun situation to be facing now, after dropping 20000+ on my PPL and about 20 hours of flight, its not good news in fortunately :( I wish there was something that can be done, to prove ability that I can fly, rather then the need to prove sight of colour. :( they should change it to white red and blue .... their green for that lantern is so light its easy to mistake for a white inthe dark without having your eyes adapt to the light...
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Re: Medical Question

#4 Post by North Shore » Tue May 29, 2012 6:10 pm

First off, I have to ask why you didn't apply for a Cat 1 medical before starting your PPL, if you were thinking of making a career out of it?

Too late for that now, however. Two things that come to mind - one is to plead with TC, and see if you can get 'flexibility' applied under the vision requirements. The second is that I had a student who was in your situation, and he was quite happy to be restricted to day/vfr because of his colour blindness, as it meant that he could only fly floats on the coast, which was what he wanted to do in any case....

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Re: Medical Question

#5 Post by jump154 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:37 am

Try the Farnsworth D15 test at your local optometrist. That's the only test I can pass every time, and is acceptable to TC.
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