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Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by coenvanwyk » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:59 pm

Can someone please advise what the difference between PPL medical requirements, and those for the Recreational license is? I have marginal hearing, and it will probably not improve in the future. Also, what is the impact of sleep apnea? I believe the FAA has a big no-no if that is suspected.

Thanks for your advice.

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Re: Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by Spin » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:00 am

Coen, there are many others that are more up to date than me, however I am under the impression that the recreational licence requirements in SA are still being formulated. Anyone?

What I can tell you is that the recreational licence here in Aus has been a great success story with something like 9000 people holding one form of licence or another, from single seater trikes all the way up to 2 seaters of 600kg gross. This will possibly be extended to 760kg which will allow people the option of converting C150's and Piper Tomahawks to the recreational category as well, although there is quite a bit of resistance to this step. As far as medical requirements go, it is a self certifying process whereby you sign your application form stating that "my health standard is equivalent to that required for the issue of a private motor vehicle driver's licence in Australia..." If SA adopt the same approach, that should give you an idea whether or not you will pass muster.

Coming from a conventional PPL background I was a bit horrified at this, but have gradually come around and the proof is in the fact that it works, evidenced by an accident rate that has steadily declined. As one instructor put it, "I'm more worried about the 70 year old with a dicky heart, driving an F250 towing a 4 ton caravan on the highway, than I am about someone in a puddle jumper."

Good luck with it.
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Re: Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by priester » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:26 am

Coen

Hearing is not really a problem. If you can hear with the aid of hearing aids you can fly. The headset used in an aircraft is also a hearing aid.
You need a class 4 medical, which can be done by any doctor.

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The recreational pilot lisence is in operation and is called an NPL
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Re: Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by Spin » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:57 am

Cheers thanks, Priester. Avcom, ask and you shall be told!
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Re: Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by coenvanwyk » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:50 pm

Thanks, guys, I will give it a go then, should my normal medical not work out.

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Re: Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by Walid » Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:02 pm

priester wrote:Coen

Hearing is not really a problem. If you can hear with the aid of hearing aids you can fly. The headset used in an aircraft is also a hearing aid.
You need a class 4 medical, which can be done by any doctor.

Spin

The recreational pilot lisence is in operation and is called an NPL
http://www.awsa.co.za/docs/gg32550_09_09_04.pdf

It does not specify what is tested, though.
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Re: Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by checkride » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:44 pm

hey guys just a question if a person has had a triple by-pass can he pass the
medical for recreational license.
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Re: Recreational license and medical?

Unread post by johnsa » Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:30 pm

coen, PM Flymed he is an expert and he has helped me.

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