Wiley Post and medical certification

September 13, 2013

Warren Silberman

Warren Silberman

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

Hopefully you all know the famous aviator Wiley Post. He was from Oklahoma and was the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Post developed one of the first pressure suits and discovered the existence of the jet stream. On Aug. 15, 1935, Post and the American humorist Will Rogers were killed when Post's aircraft crashed on takeoff from a lagoon near Point Barrow in Alaska. In case you don't recall, he had previously lost vision in one of his eyes, so that brings me to the reason for my article this time. I am going to explain how the FAA manages what is known as a "monocular" vision.

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