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Old 12-28-2020, 01:52 AM   #11  
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my vision may be as bad as 20/40 in the bad eye Iím seeing a doctor soon to see if they can help. If I was granted a soda ride what exactly would they look for in order for me to prove my vision is good thanks
Basically they would evaluate whether your vision doesn't impair your ability to be a safe pilot.
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Basically they would evaluate whether your vision doesn't impair your ability to be a safe pilot.
Yeah. One-eyed pilots can get a SODA once they have had time adjust to the loss of steropsis. As long as the remaining eye is correctable to 20/20.
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Hey guys

theres a few videos and threads on the SODA and process
if in doubt call the AOPA medical license division they will tell you the process but itís something like this

contact local flight surgeon with a letter requesting med flight test and why, send a copy of the official FAA vision form that your optometrist completes (canít recall the form name itís like form 6400 or something like that)

flight surgeon will call/write a letter to you saying ok go ahead take a flight test and contact this local FSDO

you contact the local FAA FSDO and they schedule the test

you do the test, they ask things like Ďok how far away is that objectí Ďhow high do you think we are without looking at instrumentsí
watch you land and operate the aircraft safely

they tell you you pass or not and you receive a SODA in the mail and take for life to future AME appts

thatís the just of it but ask AOPA for the exact details

Airlines donít care and itís none of their business as you will have a 1st Class and thatís all that matters
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Old 04-06-2021, 05:03 PM   #14  
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Sorry this is off topic but I canít start a thread for some reason and this was close... Any 1st class medical holders have any experience with RD? Do you have to be corrected to 20/20 before starting process for SI or is that the whole point? I was originally told I could just go back to work when I get to 20/20 and report on next medical..now ame says I need SI. One eye RD-corrected to 20/30. Other eye laser for tears as a precaution. 20/20 with no correction. Appreciate any info!
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Sorry this is off topic but I can’t start a thread for some reason and this was close... Any 1st class medical holders have any experience with RD? Do you have to be corrected to 20/20 before starting process for SI or is that the whole point? I was originally told I could just go back to work when I get to 20/20 and report on next medical..now ame says I need SI. One eye RD-corrected to 20/30. Other eye laser for tears as a precaution. 20/20 with no correction. Appreciate any info!
Retinal detachment does require a special issuance:



but if you got appropriate treatment with a good result, and have corrected any correctable problems it was generally pretty much of a slam-dunk before COVID. You might give your regional flight surgeon a call, talk to him/her and make sure of what your treating ophthalmologist needs to send to OKC just to expedite things.

And you couldn’t start a new thread because you haven’t posted enough yet. It’s an anti spam thing.
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but if you got appropriate treatment with a good result, and have corrected any correctable problems it was generally pretty much of a slam-dunk before COVID. You might give your regional flight surgeon a call, talk to him/her and make sure of what your treating ophthalmologist needs to send to OKC just to expedite things.

And you couldnít start a new thread because you havenít posted enough yet. Itís an anti spam thing.
Thanks for the reply! I know it needs a special issuance now..but is that AFTER I get to 20/20? If I donít..is going for single eye pilot the only option?

I did not know that about posting!! Thanks for letting me know!
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Thanks for the reply! I know it needs a special issuance now..but is that AFTER I get to 20/20? If I donít..is going for single eye pilot the only option?

I did not know that about posting!! Thanks for letting me know!
if your best corrected possible is 20/30 theyíll almost certainly give you a SODA (statement of demonstrated ability) for it. Thatís hardly a one eyed pilot. But ask your regional flight surgeon about timing for application if your ophthalmologist thinks you will eventually get back to 20/20. But theyíll still SODA you in a heartbeat if your best vision is 20/20 & 20/30, once the SI for the RD is resolved.
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ß67.401 Special issuance of medical certificates.

(a) At the discretion of the Federal Air Surgeon, an Authorization for Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate (Authorization), valid for a specified period, may be granted to a person who does not meet the provisions of subparts B, C, or D of this part if the person shows to the satisfaction of the Federal Air Surgeon that the duties authorized by the class of medical certificate applied for can be performed without endangering public safety during the period in which the Authorization would be in force. The Federal Air Surgeon may authorize a special medical flight test, practical test, or medical evaluation for this purpose. A medical certificate of the appropriate class may be issued to a person who does not meet the provisions of subparts B, C, or D of this part if that person possesses a valid Authorization and is otherwise eligible. An airman medical certificate issued in accordance with this section shall expire no later than the end of the validity period or upon the withdrawal of the Authorization upon which it is based. At the end of its specified validity period, for grant of a new Authorization, the person must again show to the satisfaction of the Federal Air Surgeon that the duties authorized by the class of medical certificate applied for can be performed without endangering public safety during the period in which the Authorization would be in force.

(b) At the discretion of the Federal Air Surgeon, a Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) may be granted, instead of an Authorization, to a person whose disqualifying condition is static or nonprogressive and who has been found capable of performing airman duties without endangering public safety. A SODA does not expire and authorizes a designated aviation medical examiner to issue a medical certificate of a specified class if the examiner finds that the condition described on its face has not adversely changed.

(c) In granting an Authorization or SODA, the Federal Air Surgeon may consider the person's operational experience and any medical facts that may affect the ability of the person to perform airman duties.
Basically, even if you wind up 20/20 in one and 20/30 in another you will almost certainly be able to get a Class 1 physical eventually. How long Ďeventuallyí is in the age of COVID Iím not sure, but your regional flight surgeon ought to be able to give you a swag:

https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certifi...ification/rfs/
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