I was recently diagnosed with a case of epilepsy. It is a milder form of fits called JME. See here
It has been my life long aspiration to be a pilot. I’m now wondering if I will still be able to fulfil it with this condition in tow. I’m currently on medication for it and the medication has been effective so far.
Right now I’m just wondering whether I will still qualify as a potential candidate if I were to sign on. I seek your advice on this.
If you aspire to be a pilot and fly commercially for any airlines, the rules are more stringent than if you were to fly as a private pilot. In UK, epilepsy falls under Neurological/Psychiatric illness (see here). It states that,
“Patients with controlled epilepsy can generally fly safely. However, they should be made aware of the potential seizure threshold-lowering effects of fatigue, delayed meals, hypoxia and disturbed circadian rhythm. Care should be taken that medication should not be omitted inadvertently when travelling through different time zones.”
“In the United States, (see here) the Federal Aviation Administration often prohibits anyone with epilepsy from being issued a pilot's license, even if the seizures are controlled by a medication or have completely ceased.
The only epilepsy patients who may be issued a license are those who have had seizures during childhood, but have been seizure-free since, and have a normal EEG. Those with Rolandic seizures may be allowed to fly if seizure-free for at least 4 years. Children who have suffered a febrile seizure prior to the age of 5 may fly if off of all seizure medication for at least three years. Regardless, all medical records must be submitted to the FAA.”
Please consult an Authorised Medical Examiner as I am not qualified to give any specific advice as regards to epilepsy and flying.
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