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Passing a 3rd class medical Exam For private pilot

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Hi All Pilots
Just getting ready to get a 3ed class medical cert. exam.
This will be my first one. Found a Dr. who will do exam
for a  $130.00. But before I spend the money I’m curious
as to my chances of passing considering I’m a Diabetic.
I see my Primary Dr. every 90 days to monitor A1C
level  ect. and have a good control on it. Never had passing
out spells, but do I have a chance of passing?
With Admiration for all Pilots:
Gehrig From Ohio

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  1. Mark Kolber on Mar 14, 2014

    Diabetes is sometime disqualifying and sometimes not. It depends.

    Go to the AOPA forums. There is a medical subject area where you can post anonymously. Ask your question there. There is a senior FAA medical examiner who will answer you by letting you know exactly what you need to pull together in advance.

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  2. Thomas Maenner on Mar 14, 2014

    Hi Gehrig,
    I have type 1 and I got a 3rd class medical.
    They, the FAA in Oklahoma City like your A1C under 8 and monitored.
    Download from their website what they require and follow the instructions verbatim. The FAA wants a precise amount of information and they will ask, if they want more. In my case, they wanted specific wordings in the letter from my doctor. Don’t question what they want or why, simply follow their instructions. Also, don’t hesitate to call them; I found them to be very helpful answering questions. Keep in mind that there are not just doctors in that office, but also bureaucrats.
    After your medical examiner files your paperwork, the FAA has 90 days to reply; I received my result after 90 days. Calling in earlier did not help.
    This is all my personal experience and opinion; your case might go different, but don’t give up!!! My advise would be, consider the fee for the examiner an investment. You might loose it, but a win is amazing!!!
    Good luck and all the best!
    Tom

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  3. Dr. Mohamed on Mar 14, 2014

    Ok it depends on what kind of aircraft you will be flying, is it dual or solo , ur a1c level , age , any complications of DM like visual. Your a1c must be lower than 8 fly dual cabin with another quslified pilot . You do test anually

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  4. Mark Kolber on Mar 14, 2014

    consider the fee for the examiner an investment. You might loose it, but a win is amazing!!!

    A “loss” also means you won’t be able to take advantage of the sport pilot option if that’s a reasonable one for the pilot, although the glider option would still be available.

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