I have shown interest in a career switch to flying lately. I’m 21, so I’m young enough where I could be set for life. My only concern, I am colorblind. Specifically red-green (strong protan). I understand that an aeromedical exam would be required, however the closest one to me is over an hour out. With anyone’s experience, would this type of colorblindness automatically disqualify me from being able to fly commercial?
To be an airline pilot you must obtain a First Class Medical and the exam includes a test for colorblindness. If you can’t pass the exam you will not be issued a medical. The FAA however does allow “alternate” tests. You’re best bet is to consult an AME in your area and have a conversation.
This is a good article on the subject:
Not impossible but you will have to go through a much more lengthy process to obtain a first class medical. If you would be ready to start flight trianing soon, I’d make that hour drive as soon as possible and start the process. It can take a while for the wheels of the FAA to turn.
You should seek out to an AME and consult with them. The AME would be able to provide you the exact route at which to obtain a medical.
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