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Can you become an airline pilot in Australia if you have decayed teeth?
Pilot Career - Medical Examination
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 14:42

Hi Captain Lim,

Can you become an airline pilot in Australia if you have decayed teeth?

Chris Charles.

Hi Chris,

To answer this question, I went through the FAA Class 1 Medical Examination Form. It lists the following items that would be examined. The numbers correspond to the required entry in the AME portion of the FAA Medical Exam Form:

25. Head, Face, Neck, and Scalp
26. Nose
27. Sinuses
28. Mouth and Throat
29. Ear
30. Ear Drums
31. Eyes
32. Ophthalmoscopic
33. Pupils
34. Ocular Motility
35. Lungs and Chest
36. Heart
37. Vascular System
38. Abdomen and Viscera
39. Anus (No Disposition)
40. Skin
41. G-U System
42. Upper and Lower Extremities
43. Spine and other Musculoskeletal
44. Identifying Body Marks, Scars, Tattoos
45. Lymphatics
46. Neurologic
47. Psychiatric Conditions
48. General Systemic
49. Hearing
50. Distant Vision
51. Near and Intermediate Vision
52. Color Vision
53. Field of Vision
54. Heterophoria
55. Blood Pressure
56. Pulse
57. Urinalysis
58. ECG (No Disposition)

As regards to the decayed teeth, the only relevant part is under "28. Mouth and Throat". Here, the medical examiner is only required to check whether there is “any malformation or condition, including stuttering, that would impair voice communication." (I believe the Australian medical requirement would be similar to the FAA standard)

So, as long as the decayed teeth do not impair your voice, it would not affect your ability to become an airline pilot. However, any decayed teeth would give the impression of poor dental hygiene and also reflect badly on your appearance (especially during your interview for an airline pilot's job).

Of course, the solution is a very simple one. Visit a dentist to get some good crowns for your decayed teeth alt!


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Instrument question
hello Captain Lim
Can you please tell me the difference the heading and the course on the glareshield?
i know about the heading, but i dont know about the course.
jason , 01 Feb, 2009
Heading vs Course
The heading is the direction the airplane is pointed to with the wind. Course is the track you fly over the ground.

Heading and course are not necessary the same (unless in still air) since you have to compensate for the wind to fly the course.
Captain Lim , 02 Feb, 2009
Will all scars hurt your chances of passing(#44)? I have a scar and my face that is basically gone but don't want that to affect my chances.
Justin , 05 Apr, 2009
hi captain,
how bad do scars have to be to make you fail #44? I have a scar on my face that is practically gone but I don't want that to affect my chances of being hired.
Jakele , 05 Apr, 2009
Appendix operation scar
Dear Captain,
I went thru appendix operaton at age of 15 and there is a scar on my belly due to that. Will that affect the medical examination stated in 38. Abdomen and Viscera ?

Thank you for your precious time!
Kenneth , 22 May, 2009
Hello Kenneth

Appendix will be no problem for the medical examination. It is just normal to have scar. You should be fine. I had one got it removed and got medical class one esaily. Hope that helps.

Avs , 05 Jun, 2009
TOM , 04 Dec, 2009
i have kyphosis which would apply for #43. i have it treated with a backbrace. will this affect the medical examintation? (i mean i dont have the brace now.)
thanks x10smilies/grin.gif
Sarah , 22 Feb, 2010
Mis aligned teeth
I have a misaligned. Do it will affect to become a pilot but it doesn't affect my voice.
Ian , 28 Mar, 2010
nose job
Will getting a nosejob affect my chances of becoming a pilot?
Sandra , 04 Aug, 2010
May tattoo.....?
Hi Capitain Lin,
I have passed written exam to be a pilot and called for the interview after 3 weeks. But I have a small tattoo in my left hand.May it make me failed in the medical test...I read that according to the standards of FAA tattoos are included...but I need a detail from you.thank you in advance.
Abrha , 25 Dec, 2012
Please help
During my teenage I saw my friends in school to cut their arms with a razor, so one day I tried it, as a result, I have few small scars on my arm, for which now I regret, I was young and stupid.
Now my concern is, if these scars may affect my chances of becoming a pilot.
Adityo , 27 Mar, 2015

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