Diabetes mellitus on oral medications

October 26, 2012

Warren Silberman

Warren Silberman

  • Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification 
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine 
  • Pilot since 1986

Diet-controlled diabetes mellitus is one of the five medical conditions that your aviation medical examiner may grant issuance if you come to your examination with the proper documentation.

As of Dec. 31, 2010, the FAA had granted medical certification to 952 first-class, 1,334 second-class, and 4,464 third-class airmen with diabetes mellitus on oral medications. This is a common medical problem that the FAA deals with. Diabetes mellitus treated with oral medications or insulin is one of the FAA's specifically disqualifying medical conditions. This means that if you have one of these problems, your AME may not issue you a medical certificate without going through requesting a special issuance from the FAA.

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