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Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition that, if undiagnosed, can have significant medical complications such as daytime hypersomnolence, also referred to as Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS), heart rhythm disturbances, and elevated blood pressure. In 2009, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Recommendation to the FAA resulted in changes to the evaluation requirements for medical certification.
Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.
The FAA grants medical certification under a Special Issuance Authorization to pilots who report successful treatment and control of obstructive sleep apnea. However, medications that may be prescribed to treat symptoms are generally NOT allowed if used on a regular basis.
After initial certification by FAA staff doctors, subsequent renewals qualify for AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI), a process that provides examiners the ability to issue an airman medical certificate to an applicant who has a medical condition that is disqualifying under 14 CFR Part 67.
The authorization letter received from FAA, granted in accordance with part 67 (14 CFR Part 67.401), is accompanied by attachments that specify what information the treating physician(s) must provide for the renewal issuance.
Examiners may issue renewal of an airman medical certificate if the applicant provides the following:
The examiner should defer to the AMCD or Region if:
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