Lesson 1b - Aeromedical Factors Discussion
During this lesson, the instructor will have a candid discussion with the student/candidate with regards to Medical, Psychological, and Physiological factors related to safe aviation. Glider pilots are not required to have any medical certifications, but this does not mean that a pilot can fly gliders while under the influences of certain medications or while suffering from certain physiological issues.
The discussion with the instructor MUST include a review of illnesses, congenital, acute and chronic; as well as a discussion of the pilot's current medications. This should be done early in the pilot's training program.
When complete, the student will:
The FAA has a list compiled of approved and non-approved medications. This list can be viewed on the AOPA website (limited to AOPA members only). A free list can be found at http://www.leftseat.com/medcat1.htm . The SSC Instructor corps HIGHLY recommends that you compare these lists with your current medications early in your training program.
The Soaring Society of America (www.ssa.org) has a safety presentation on this topic:
15 disqualying medical conditions:
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