When you take a physical to become a pilot, what are all the thigns they test you on?

Question by Mark: When you take a physical to become a pilot, what are all the thigns they test you on?
I know they test hearing and sight, but what other thigns specific to flight might they look at?

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Answer by Marine
OK, aviator wantabe:

They will draw blood looking for any blood borne disease that may affect your body’s ability to regulate the oxygen flow in your blood (important for high altitudes), your basic ability to “reach” instruments and controls (anthropometrics), and other items that are basic to high altitude flight. After selected, you will also be placed within a high altitude pressure chamber to determine the effects of reduced O2 flows and your reaction to it. Flight physicals are focused on your body’s ability to absorb O2.

Also, don’t forget the biggest failer: depth perception – an important factor to land an aircraft at night.

Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps-Retired (Marine aviator)

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One Response to “When you take a physical to become a pilot, what are all the thigns they test you on?”

  1. extra1701 says:

    For the Air Force flight physical, they draw blood, check your hearing, take some x-rays, and put you through all kinds of vision tests – colorblindness, depth perception, focus, and dilate your eyes for several hours.


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