September 20, 2013
By Warren Silberman
The FAA grants special issuance authorizations to airmen who have had certain organ transplants. They require a six-month "period of observation" after the transplantation surgery takes place. The most common organ transplant seen at the FAA is kidney. At the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, which is the last time organ transplant data was collated, out of approximately 600,000 airmen with medical certficates, there were 35 first-, 28 second-, and 71 third-class airmen flying with kidney transplant special issuance authorizations.
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