October 26, 2012
By Warren Silberman
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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Pilots impacted by the FAA’s proposed new obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) policy can expect to pay some $2,000 to more than $5,000 for testing and, if needed, equipment for treatment, according to an AOPA investigation.
AOPA insists the FAA withdraw its costly new sleep apnea policy, saying it bypasses the rulemaking process, overlooks better solutions, and provides no safety benefits.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.