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Op here, Definatly not a fake, as other posters have said, Type 1 is not exclusive to juveniles. I am 24. I had the symptoms for a few weeks (thirst, tiredness, etc.) but was only diagnosed when i went for my comm pilots medical and they detected it there. And instead of college i chose flight training. So as much as i would love to move to the states, finding a job and someone to sponsor me would be difficult.
By Grounded - / Tuesday 17 November 2009 03:47 / Australia
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By  Yaphukwit  |  8

Op here, Definatly not a fake, as other posters have said, Type 1 is not exclusive to juveniles. I am 24. I had the symptoms for a few weeks (thirst, tiredness, etc.) but was only diagnosed when i went for my comm pilots medical and they detected it there. And instead of college i chose flight training. So as much as i would love to move to the states, finding a job and someone to sponsor me would be difficult.

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  Darth_Taco  |  7

Actually, in the United States you can be a pilot with diabetes. You just need special insurance. Anyway, I think the issue is with the OP's blood sugar level. Injecting yourself with your insulin can also be considered distracting I guess. OP, if relocating is an option for you there are many other countries that will allow you to fly with diabetes. Again, it just requires a special insurance and maintaining relatively normal blood sugar levels.

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  flyuphigh  |  7

Distracting? So can checking out your schedule on your laptop and other miscellaneous things that are far more distracting than a set regimen of insulin administration. Things such as requiring a second pilot even in aircraft whose type certificates do not require one, and simply be a non-effect if administered outside of the critical phases of flight in an aircraft requiring more than one crew member may assist in these Type I flyers to get back in the sky.

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  aupilot  |  7

Whoa, Darth Taco needs to read the FARs before he starts throwing out legal advice, specifically Part 67.113(a). To wit: " The general medical standards for a first-class airman medical certificate are: (a) No established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus that requires insulin or any other hypoglycemic drug for control." That would be Type-1 diabetes. The same requirement shows up in both Second and Third Class medicals. (To maintain an ATP license in the US, you need to have a First Class medical. For just a commercial license, a Second Class.) And whoever said the FAA is "more flexible" than "other" countries needs to have his/her medical pulled, because they're smoking crack. The FAA is anal as shit.

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  My2864  |  7

because you can be a hazard to other people if you eat suger and dont have any insuline with ya your flying a plane so its pure logic although the chances of being that retarded is slim .. also you have a co-pilot at all times so i think that its quite a bullshit reason

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  ablueshka  |  6

Well pilots do jack shit all. they are there only in case something goes fucky. a plane can land on its on for shit sakes the only thing it cannot do is take off

By  theluckygirl28  |  30

I have type 1 diabetes, and I'm pretty sure you're allowed to fly in the US... I was looking into being a pilot at some point in my life :P But anyways, you can move to the US. I'd suggest an insulin pump though. They make control a lot easier and more efficient. It sucks that you were diagnosed so late in life though :( I'm sorry

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  hondata_knight  |  30

No, you can't. someone who cant sit behind the controls for hours without having monitor their health isnt a good thing. you cant handel your medical emergencies while you handle flight emergencies. its harsh and I know your pain, I almost got denied my medical. There is so many things that can keep you off the flight deck

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  starberries  |  30

What are you talking about? You don't have to constantly monitor your health with diabetes! Sticking your finger once a day and maybe injecting insulin don't prohibit you from sitting behind controls for a few hours.

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Actually Type 1 diabetes is a bit more strict than that. I have it and I have to prick my finger four times a day and take injections four times. But then again I don't do it constantly and would be able to sit for a long period of time without checking my health.

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