Want to fly!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Blshaf, May 15, 2005.

  1. Blshaf

    Blshaf

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    Im currently in the army as an Aviation Operations Specialist and want to fly sooooo bad. The army won't let me fly because I can't pass that stupid color test. I know there are certain restrictions on the Civilian side, but can I still fly? Is it possible for me to get a pilots license and be color deficient? Thanks.

    Brandon
     
  2. Skyhook

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    Get on the FAA website and check out the vision restrictions. That info has to be there and I would be very surprised if those restrictions are as stringent as military.

    You might also phone the FBO at your nearest state-side airport and get the names of their flight surgeons. One of those will undoubtedly offer you guidance and advice.

    Good luck and keep us informed..
     

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    Yeah, you'll be able to get a medical with a restriction that states something like: "Landings prohibited at airports under light signal control." Unless the tower or your aircraft loses communication, you will never see the light gun signals in your lifetime.

    Go to AOPA.org and do a search. There was also a thread at VerticalReference.com a few months back. I'll post the direct links if I come across them.

    Don't worry, you won't have any problem getting an FAA medical unless you have had heart problems or stroke/seizures in the past. Believe it or not, you can even get a medical if you're deaf!

    Good luck!

    -Jonathan
     
  4. TimC

    TimC Uhavthecontrols

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    In 24 years of flying I have not viewed a light gun signal except for when I ask for one on the radio. ;) It might be useful to see color during unaided night flying, but otherwise it doesn't seem critically important.
     
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    Thanks guys, that is very encouraging news. I'll get right on it when I get back from Iraq....Thanks again.

    Brandon
     
  6. cessnastud

    cessnastud Rawr!!!

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    It sounds like you got the answers you need, so this will probably be pointless. Talk to your AME, FSDO, and OK City Medical Office for more info, but you can qualify for a medical with a SODA (Statement of Demonstrated Ability). I've flown with a couple of guys who have had them. Best of luck to you and stay safe.
     
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    Short answer, yes you can fly. It will take some work, but you will be able to. Stay safe over there in the sandbox.
     
  8. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

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    My grandfather was a color blind pilot. Shouldent be a problem.
     
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    Light gun? What's that?.... Yeah, I have never seen a signal gun used. Taxiway and runway lighting can get confusing if you can't tell blue from white though. But then again, I am confused most of the time anyway.