Aeromedical Forum: October 2015
Vision update: To see or not to see
“If you want keep her on the runway it helps to see the centerline.”
Supporting this truism, the FAA has a maze of regulations to make sure that the intrepid pilot can locate the runway environment. So let’s look at a few common questions airmen ask about their eyeballs.
“First of all, just how good does my eyesight have to be?”
It depends. For a Third Class Medical Certificate which is all you need unless you’re flying for compensation, you have to see at least 20/40 in both eyes for both distant vision and near vision. If you need glasses to pass either requirement, your C...