- Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
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Diabetes mellitus on oral medications
Diet-controlled diabetes mellitus is one of the five medical conditions that your aviation medical examiner may grant issuance if you come to your examination with the proper documentation.
As of Dec. 31, 2010, the FAA had granted medical certification to 952 first-class, 1,334 second-class, and 4,464 third-class airmen with diabetes mellitus on oral medications. This is a common medical problem that the FAA deals with. Diabetes mellitus treated with oral medications or insulin is one of the FAA's specifically disqualifying medical conditions. This means that if you have one of these problems, your AME may not issue you a medical certificate without going through requesting a special issuance from the FAA. To continue reading…
Dr. Warren Silberman is the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification and a doctor of osteopathic medicine. A pilot since 1986, he is recognized nationally as an expert in aerospace/preventative medicine, and is a regular writer for AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services.