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Old 02-01-2009, 02:42 PM
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Does anyone know if airlines do their own specific medical testing?

(Especially for color vision?)

I emailed Republic Airways and they told me that their only medical requirement is that you possess a "First Class Medical Cert."

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I have never had anything other than a drug test at ASA. 1st class medical is required of course.
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Many majors and even some regionals... use to have inhouse medical evals before hiring. AE use to use the AA medical facility at DFW. Not sure if any still do in house testing.
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Many majors and even some regionals... use to have inhouse medical evals before hiring. AE use to use the AA medical facility at DFW. Not sure if any still do in house testing.
I have heard that Eagle dropped the all-day medical exam, they were the only regional still doing an exam that I know of.

Several majors do an exam, but most are just verifying that you meet FAA 1st. class medical standards. Many majors do not do an exam, notably SWA.

If you have trouble with the color vision, and can only pass with the help of a "sympathetic" AME, you would probably get denied at an airline medical... I suspect they are not going to bend over backwards to accommodate applicants.
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Doesn't Compass still do some kind of medical thing?
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:07 PM
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Eagle has a pee test and hearing test.... thats all.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:48 PM
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Luckily no airline gives a Mental health test!

1st Question - "Do you want to be an airline pilot, start at low pay, no pension, sit on reserve, and have a chance of being furloughed any time the industry has a slight downturn?"

Answer - "Yes"

Exam Conclusion - "The candidate is mentally challenged."
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Originally Posted by Dan64456 View Post
Does anyone know if airlines do their own specific medical testing?

(Especially for color vision?)

I emailed Republic Airways and they told me that their only medical requirement is that you possess a "First Class Medical Cert."

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I have a slightly abnormal colorvision, I couldn't pass the Ishira color vision plates they used in e office at my first medical. I went to an eye doctor and did a different color vision test and passed it (the FAA accepts like 15 different types and some are more/less discriminating than others), mailed that stuff to the FAA and I got a nice letter from them saying 'take this letter to all future medicals and this will serve as proof of your colorvision' (I'm paraphrasing).

Do that and take that letter to your airline medical. I have a slight color blindness to shades of green (according to the doctor)...didn't know about it for 20 years...and still don't notice it (Red buttons look red, Yellow buttons look yellow)
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Originally Posted by BlueMoon View Post
I have a slightly abnormal colorvision, I couldn't pass the Ishira color vision plates they used in e office at my first medical.
Most of those test are not given under the proper conditions. ie old plates and/or bad lighting. I have the same problem but easily pass when under the proper test conditions.
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I have a waiver for my color vision but my medical says first class with no limitations and thats all I show at interviews. So unless someone asks at an interview don't tell them you have a waiver. I've seen job postings that require you not to have a waiver, so just be carefull what you show them until they ask.
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