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Can I accomplish this dream?

Well I'm 17 and about to be a senior in high school and of course I want to go to college. At first I wanted to be in the Navy, but I can't because I'm blind in one eye. now Im wondering if I can get a license to become a comercial airline pilot, I mean its my dream, but I really want to know if I can do it with one eye

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Re:Can I accomplish this dream?

SODA, is what I meant to post. It is a very easy process. Yes, you can be an airline pilot too if you so desire. I know of six other pilots blind in one eye flying for the major airlines. Don't give up on your dream of being a pilot. I have never been turned down for a flying job as a result being monocular. Hope this helps, good luck!!

Re:Can I accomplish this dream?

I am a airline transport pilot with over 15 years of professional flying. I have flown for the airline, corporate aviation, and charter. I blind in one eye. I have a first class medical with a wavier of demonstrated ability SOD)(

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Can you become a commercial pilot? YES! You will have to get a waiver from the FAA to obtain a second or first medical but it is possible! That does not mean you will become an airline pilot. Each company has their own rules regarding medical qualifications. There are many different types of commercial flying careers out there!
Find an AME in your area and begin the medical pocess! Good luck!

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It seems so!

I am legally blind in my right eye (since birth) with 20/400 and that too kept me out of the military and dreams of flying.

Throughout the years, I've had ups and downs of some people saying 'yes, it's possible' to 'no, not a chance.'

Well, i recently found this, straight from the FAA Web site and this is my current hope. I have started the ball in motion to see (pardon the pun) if it is indeed possible.

Exam Techniques and Criteria for Qualification
Items 31-34. Eye - Monocular Vision
An applicant will be considered monocular when there is only one eye or when the best corrected distant visual acuity in the poorer eye is no better than 20/200. An individual with one eye, or effective visual acuity equivalent to monocular, may be considered for medical certification, any class, through the special issuance section of part 67 (14 CFR 67.401).

In amblyopia ex anopsia, the visual acuity loss is simply recorded in
Item 50 of FAA Form 8500-8, and visual standards are applied as usual. If the standards are not met, a Report of Eye Evaluation, FAA Form 8500-7, should be submitted for consideration.

Although it has been repeatedly demonstrated that binocular vision is not a prerequisite for flying, some aspects of depth perception, either by stereopsis or by monocular cues, are necessary. It takes time for the monocular airman to develop the techniques to interpret the monocular cues that substitute for stereopsis; such as, the interposition of objects, convergence, geometrical perspective, distribution of light and shade, size of known objects, aerial perspective, and motion parallax.

In addition, it takes time for the monocular airman to compensate for his or her decrease in effective visual field. A monocular airman’s effective visual field is reduced by as much as 30% by monocularity. This is especially important because of speed smear; i.e., the effect of speed diminishes the effective visual field such that normal visual field is decreased from 180 degrees to as narrow as 42 degrees or less as speed increases. A monocular airman’s reduced effective visual field would be reduced even further than 42 degrees by speed smear.

For the above reasons, a waiting period of 6 months is recommended to permit an adequate adjustment period for learning techniques to interpret monocular cues and accommodation to the reduction in the effective visual field.

Applicants who have had monovision secondary to refractive surgery may be certificated, providing they have corrective vision available that would provide binocular vision in accordance with the vision standards, while exercising the privileges of the certificate. The certificate issued must have the appropriate vision limitations statement.

The link to the FAA Web site is here:

Good luck!


Re:Can I accomplish this dream?

You can do what ever you want to do. I am legally blind in both eyes my vision is 20/300 my eye disease is Aniridia and Nystagmus and I have had this sense birth. The doctors told me that I would never be able to do for myself and guess what I have proved them wrong. If you want to become a pilot you can do that get on the internet and research to find people or information on your situation. There are visual aids to help a person with vision as bad as myself see at 20/20 and you can find that information at I have always dreamed of being a nurse and people told me I could not do it because of my vision but due to the blessing of the internet I have found plenty of websites and people that are nurses that have disabilities I have joined a support group for people with my vision problem and very soon I will be starting my nursing. Do not give up you can do it.

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Hello aZn_Savy,

I too am blind in one eye (field hockey accident in high school), and though flying as a pilot or going into space were never my dream jobs, it was a bit discouraging to know that the option would no longer be one for me b/c of my eyesight. The military just won't allow. However, you can still work for airlines or the government in other capacities. I wish you the best...and don't give up on your dreams, just find a way to redirect them. Ever thought of being a fligh attendant?

Best of luck,

Re:Can I accomplish this dream?

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I was so hoping to find good news for you. On this web site they give you the qualifications for becoming a pilot.

It says
All pilots who are paid to transport passengers or cargo must have a commercial pilot’s license with an instrument rating issued by the FAA. Helicopter pilots must hold a commercial pilot’s certificate with a helicopter rating. To qualify for these licenses, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience. The experience required can be reduced through participation in certain flight school curricula approved by the FAA. Applicants also must pass a strict physical examination to make sure that they are in good health and have 20/20 vision with or without glasses, good hearing, and no physical handicaps that could impair their performance. They must pass a written test that includes questions on the principles of safe flight, navigation techniques, and FAA regulations, and must demonstrate their flying ability to FAA or designated examiners.

I am sorry it wasnt better news but remember there is something out there that you will find to do that will give you great satisfaction and joy.

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