The application of aviation medicine is relatively standardized throughout the world, both in civil and military operations. Substantial differences exist, however, in the way different countries, or even different agencies in the same country, determine the medical qualifications of persons who wish to operate aircraft. As a rule, the medical certification policies of the Federal Aviation Administration are more liberal than those imposed by the U.S. Department of Defense and by many foreign countries. Understanding the reasons for these differences requires an awareness of the characteristics of FAA's regulatory policy. Specifically, three aspects of that policy should be considered: (1) the certification system and its overall effects; (2) the philosophy of medical certification and standards; and (3) the limitations of the system. In considering system limitations, the manner in which new regulations are developed, the empirical origins of the regulations, their brevity, the need for documentation and education were considered. While incapacitation is of primary concern to safety, promotion of aviation leads to other considerations, including individual rights, differing responsibilities and levels of concern.


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  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00964717
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-AM-82-14
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2003 12:00AM