Article | 2012, 01 01
About 8% percent of men and 0.5% of women in the U.S. have problems with color perception. Whether caused by inheritance, injury, or disease, color blindness is challenging to live with and presents some hurtles for pilots. The medical standards in FAR Part 67 specify that applicants for all classes of medical certification have “the ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties.” Every visit to an AME for renewal of an airman medical certificate, involves taking a color vision test. Technically known as a pseudoisochromatic color plate test, it’s the one with the pages of different colored dots. FAA made some changes to color vision testing in July 2008. If you hold a statement of demonstrated ability (SODA) or a letter of evidence that was issued before July 2008, your color vision waiver is grandfathered, and you will not be required to test according to the new procedures described in this article.