By James D. Lakin PhD MD FACP CFI
FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner 

Oh Say Can You See: Flying with Color Blindness


If you have ever landed at a Class Bravo airport, you know that

the runway looks like the Las Vegas Strip. The strobing glide path, PAPI, illuminated runway centerline, side and center line taxi

way markers all combine to make a colorful and critically important display.

Likewise, if you’ve ever had to navigate into or out of an airport by tower signal gun, you realize how important it is to correctly interpret the controller’s signals.

The FAA also thinks it’s darn important to be able to tell red from green and routinely has us test for color blindness with each flight physical....

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