ARE YOU FIT TO FLY? (Jan, 1946)
Remember, if you want to be a pilot it’s required that you be in sympathy with the objectives of the United States.
ARE YOU FIT TO FLY?
1. Must I be 18 years old before I can get a private pilot’s license?
2. To get a license, must I pass a test in navigation and meteorology?
3. I’m over 80 years old but healthy, am I eligible for a private pilot’s license?
4. If the doc discovers I’m color blind, will I be refused a license?
5. I’m totally deaf; can I get my “ticket” in spite of my affliction?
6. My eyes need corrective lenses; even if I wear eyeglasses, can I fly?
7. Can any licensed medical doctor give me my CAA medical examination?
8. I have a bad heart; does this disqualify me from a pilot’s license?
9. I never finished school; will this keep me from getting my license?
10. I’m not a United States citizen; can I get a license to fly here?
Answers to questions on page 59
1—NO: The rules were 18 years of age minimum, but have been changed to 17 years for power-plane pilots, 14 years for glider pilots.
2—NO: The test is simpler, containing no problems in navigation, meterology, plane servicing, engine operation, etc.—just the necessary contact flight rules.
3—YES: There is no age limit—only the rule that your health must assure you of no incapacitating breakdown during flight.
4—YES: Color becomes important only in commercial and military flight. Waivers may be obtained under such conditions.
5—NO: The whispered voice must be heard at three feet. Waiver for partial deafness is possible, however; many old time flyers are partially deaf.
6—YES: Glasses are quite permissible. If eyes are . too poor, waiver can be had to restrict your flying appropriately.
7—YES: Any licensed physician can now give you your flight phyiscal.
8—YES: Any disease or weakness that can suddenly incapacitate you while flying will disqualify you from eligibility.
9—NO: As long as you can read and speak English. If you cannot do this, you can still get a license with appropriate operation limitations.
10—YES: As long as you are in sympathy with the objectives of the U.S. and are a trustworthy citizen of a friendly nation which is not under domination of an enemy nation, you are eligible for a U.S. pilot’s license.