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.
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Yes, I've had a special issuance 3rd class since 2002. No serious problems. A couple of times the FAA did not reissue it before it expired. This was before I knew I could call Oklahoma and tell them to put an expedite flag on my file. Hope all is well.
Hi there, I am currently battling the Navy (they foresee all the USMC things...) trying to stay in. I am a T1 and they are trying to sep me and it seems like you have some knowledge that might help... I thank-you for your time and look forward to hearing from you
LOL - I am able to build aircraft (sheet metal) - I can fill out log books - but haven't got as far as the pilots bit yet - tho' I live thru' people like you - and my nephew is flying UN missions in various parts of Africa. Who knows - maybe one day we'll see you going up on a space mission!!!
I have a flying question as I search for a good diabetes analogy. I wear a pump and a Continuous Glucose Monitor, and for a day or two I may go off and simply test with a meter. And of course from time to time I will be off the CGM and forget my meter when I leave the house, so my wife has begun calling this "flying without instruments" or "trying to land without navigational aids," and so forth. Clearly, neither of us is a pilot or know what the heck we are talking about. What is the proper pilot terminology to use when describing those times when I can only guess at where my blood glucose level is at? (And sometimes I think that even with these diabetes 'instruments' controlling diabetes can be like trying to land a jet on an aircraft carrier at night, in a storm.)
Congratulations on keeping your diabetes in control to the USAF's satisfaction, by the way. I imagine the standards are pretty strict, and a 5.5 A1C is commendable.
I see that you were able to stay in the AF with your type 1 diabetes and was wondering if you can give me any advice. My husband received the results from his MEB saying they are going to discharge him so now we are waiting on the date for the formal board hearing to appeal. You are the only person I've found so far that has been able to stay in the AF so I just wanted to see what kind of advice you can give that may help us win the appeal.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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