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Pilots With Diabetes


Pilots With Diabetes

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

Members: 23
Latest Activity: Nov 1, 2014

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Comment by amdvdsn on November 1, 2014 at 5:02pm
Hi everyone, I've been away from this group too long. So many changes since my diagnosis in 2011, so I will post the highlights.
-Got medical back March 2012 with restriction to fly with another pilot
- contract ended Nov 2012 and wasn't extended because of the restriction to license
-started training to receive my Group 4 IFR license (helicopter) in Jan 2013, completed March 2013.
- Worked in crappy job to keep money coming in
- Finally got an opportunity to fly again in May 2014. Got hired to fly EMS heli with STARS. They fly multi crew in Canada. Been loving it.
- Had 2 kids in all that excitement as well.
- started on omni pod pump on May 2013. Think it was only way to handle shift work. It caused a slight raise in A1C from 5.9mmol to 6.4 but was expected as to keep pilot license you have to keep above 6.0 to fly.

So everyone out there who wants to fly it is possible.

Cheers and keep blue side up,
Andrew Davidson
Comment by HPNpilot on October 31, 2014 at 9:25am

Hi everyone - was wondering what effects piloting has on your blood sugar....

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...

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