Pilots With Diabetes


Pilots With Diabetes

For those interested in getting or keeping their medical clearance to fly

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Comment by HPNpilot on February 13, 2014 at 10:16am

Hi Maxino,

Right now, it seems that only 6 countries allow pilots with insulin-treated diabetes to fly ((USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Israel and the Philippines). The UK and Canada allow multi-crew commercial flying.

People are trying to expand this...check out this link:


Comment by Maxino Porzio on February 13, 2014 at 10:00am

Hi to everyone! I'm 18 and i just want to get the PPL but the problem is that here in Italy, because of an old law of '95, who makes use of insulin can't take the PPL... I don't know what to do!

Comment by HPNpilot on October 25, 2013 at 5:15pm

oops... here:

Maybe this is the same thing you showed him

Comment by HPNpilot on October 25, 2013 at 5:12pm

Get the special issuance letter from the FAA first, then go to the AME armed with the letter. The letter will authorize him to issue the medical on the spot if you pass the Class 3 medical. Since there are only about 500 or so pilots that have the special issuance for type 1, most are AMEs are ignorant of the process.

I used the folks at leftseat.com to help get this done. It worked, but was not cheap. AOPAs medical services may be another option.

In any case, you might want to read the page on what is required here:

Comment by Brian on October 25, 2013 at 3:47pm

AND THIS GUY IS A DOCTOR?? "are you sure you're type 1". WOW. Time to look for a new doc. Have you looked up the AME list the FAA has?


That's pretty bad 'medicine' right there man!! Good luck, keep us updated with the results.

Comment by Brian on October 25, 2013 at 3:45pm

Comment by midwatchcowboy on October 25, 2013 at 3:41pm

Just went to an Aviation Medical Examiner to consult about getting a Special Issuance class 3 medical for my (grounded) private pilot license.
He starts out by saying, "flying and insulin don't mix". He says if I was on oral meds he could get me an approval.
I know this is false, because of what I actually printed off the FAA's own website. He goes on to look at me and say, "are you sure you're Type I? Maybe we should look to trying to get you on diet and exercise."
Apparently, he doesn't keep up with either diabetes or his own aviation medical examiner information.

Comment by Brian on August 22, 2013 at 7:51pm
Glider pilot? You bet! Welcome!
I started my add-on while TDY to Nevada a couple years ago but it's a little tough to find good soaring in the middle of Oklahoma...
Comment by Soaring Freak on August 22, 2013 at 11:55am

I hope you guys don't mind a glider pilot in your group. Pokes fun...the big fan up front is a little loud for me.

Comment by Eric s on July 29, 2013 at 9:42pm
Hpnpilot It was from the bank I own a charter service.

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