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Can I become a pilot if my vision can be corrected to normal?
Pilot Career - Eyesight
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 20:07

Hi Capt Lim,

This web site is fantastic and it does explain many of the questions in my mind. I really feel lucky that I have found this site. I am a Malaysian and I wish to join Malaysia Airlines as a commercial pilot. There are a few questions that I would like to ask you:

1. I am short sighted with a visual acuity of about 500 degrees diopters on both my eyes. However, I have no other eye problem or diseases and my sight is corrected to normal with optical aids. Will this be a problem for me to become a pilot?

2. How long does it take for a cadet pilot to become a captain?

Best regards,

Yap

Hi Yap,

You can find most of the answers in my Pilot Career topics.

Briefly, if you are short sighted with 500 degrees diopters on both your eyes, it can affect your chances to be a cadet pilot with Malaysia Airlines even though it may be corrected to normal with optical aids. The standard is set by the airlines but DCA (Department of Civil Aviation) requirements are lower. To the DCA, you can become a pilot as long as your vision can be corrected to normal but not necessary the airlines.

The time period from a cadet pilot to captaincy may take between 12 to 15 years, depending on the airlines and the vacancies available.

Wish you all the best!

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hi capt lim, it means MAS will reject those who are short sighted at 500 degress?
terrence , 10 Jul, 2010
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Hi captain I wanted to become a pilot after my 12 standards. But the problem is that I have -2.0 diopters of eye power I use contact lens. Is it possible for me to obtain class 1 and class 2 medical certificate?
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hi capt i want your help plz.i am a spl holder i have cleared my class 2 medical examination i have done my 35 hrs of flying now i want to go for class 1 examination.....i have got +7.00 diopter of my eye power....every thing rest in my physical body is fine..so will i be rejected in class 1 medical for eye purpose??????? help me plz
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