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Jim Meade

Jim  I know a fellow that has just started flying lessons, A life long dream. Today he gets a defribulator/pacemaker installed and he thinks his future involvement in flight training are over.


Do such conditions prohibit one from getting a pilots license? Thanks!  Don

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Jim Meade / Iowa City
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Re: Jim Meade



This can be a complicated question and may involve a recurring battery of tests that can run into money.  However, if one is willing to fly as a Sport Pilot, it is most likely possible.  A Sport Pilot is limited to daytime flying in good weather and restricted to small planes with a number of restrictions.   In fact, I let my medical lapse and am now flying as a Sport Pilot.  Thursday, I flew to Tampa and Saturday returned.  So, it is certainly possib le to get around.

To see if your friend can get a Private or higher pilot certificate (license) with his medical condition, he might want to visit this web site and post the question anonymously in the medical section.  Do not give his name.  Dr. Bruce Chien gives good advice. 

To see about Sport Pilot opportunities, have him check the EAA web site.

There is a lot of good info on the internet and a lot of misinformation.  Have him contact me if he'd like more info.  I'll be glad to help.  Send me a private message and I'll pass on my phone number and email. 



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