The FAA currently allows for special issuance medical certification at Third Class, but will also consider first and second class applicants on a case by case basis. The requirements for initial certification are comprehensive, but if you are well managed and attentive to your management, the process is not difficult.
For initial certification:
You will need to have been on insulin therapy with either injections or pump for at least six months prior to submitting a request for medical certification.
You should have no other history of significant diabetes-related complications such as arteriosclerotic coronary or cerebrovascular disease, retinal disease, or chronic renal failure, and cannot have had any recurrent (two or more) hypoglycemic reactions within the past five years that:
If there has been an episode of hypoglycemia, you will need at least one year of stability after the event in order to be considered.
You will need good documentation of your history of diabetes, including:
For subsequent recertification, your special issuance authorization letter will specify what you will need to provide to the FAA on an annual basis.
Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.
Updated January 20, 2016
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