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Whether a nose surgery affects my medical examination to be a pilot?
Pilot Career - Medical Examination
Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:44
Hi Capt Lim,

Thank you for spending a few minutes to read my letter.

I am female, 17 this year, and I really wish to become a pilot by joining an airline cadet pilot program in the future.

I have a problem. I was an active basketball player during my schooldays. However, one day, I accidently injured my nasal canal (nose bridge). I had a rhinoplasty surgery done about a year ago.

Capt Lim, I would like to ask you whether it would affect the medical examination for my flying job.
Is it tough for me to pursue my own dream as an airline pilot?

I hope you could reply to me soonest

Hi Jacquiline,
A rhinoplasty surgery should not affect your chances of becoming a pilot as long as it does not affect your speech. If you can speak clearly and normally (and doesn’t sound like a duck!alt) then you are okay.
Here are the guidelines an aviation medical examiner uses to assess a candidate with your kind of problem…

Ear, nose, throat, and equilibrium

Ear, nose, throat, and equilibrium standards for a first class airman medical certificate are:

(a) The person shall demonstrate acceptable hearing by at least one of the following tests:

(1) Demonstrate an ability to hear an average conversational voice in a quiet room, using both ears, at a distance of 6 feet from the examiner, with the back turned to the examiner.

(2) Demonstrate an acceptable understanding of speech as determined by audiometric speech discrimination testing to a score of at least 70 percent obtained in one ear or in a sound field environment.

(3) Provide acceptable results of pure tone audiometric testing of unaided hearing acuity according to the following table of worst acceptable thresholds, using the calibration standards of the American National Standards Institute, 1969:

500 Hz

1,000 Hz

2,000 Hz

3,000 Hz

Better Ear

35 dB

30 dB

30 dB

40 dB

Worst Ear

35 dB

50 dB

50 dB

60 dB

(b) No disease or condition of the middle or internal ear, nose, oral cavity, pharynx, or larynx that--

(1) Interferes with, or is aggravated by, flying or may reasonably be expected to do so; or

(2) Interferes with, or may reasonably be expected to interfere with, clear and effective speech communication.

(c) No disease or condition manifested by, or that may reasonably be expected to be manifested by, vertigo or a disturbance of equilibrium.

So I don’t see your problem as a hindrance to your dream of becoming a pilot.

See the YouTube video below just for your inspiration…

Jessica Cox First Pilot with no Arms


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Thanks lot..Capt Lim..

I was inspired..smilies/kiss.gif

You make me have more confidence and even courageous to achieve my dream as a pilot..smilies/cheesy.gif

Jacquiline , 24 Dec, 2010
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