Characteristics of Medically Disqualified Airman Applicants in Calendar Years 1982 and 1983,
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
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This study presents comprehensive data reflecting pertinent denial rates with respect to the medical and general attributes of those airmen denied medical certification in calendar years 1982 and 1983. The study updates previously reported data with respect to medical certification denials. The denial data were obtained from computer files as of July 1, 1983, for calendar year CY 1982 applicants and July 1, 1984, for CY 1983 applicants. The data were summed for the 2 calendar years to provide a larger group for comparison with the December 31, 1982, active airman population, the midpoint population date for the denied applicant group. The annual denial rate based on the airman applicants is 6.2 per 1,000 airmen. By class of certificate applied for, the annual denial rate per 1,000 applicants is 3.3 for first class, 3.8 for second class, and 8.6 for third class. As anticipated, general aviation and new applicants contribute greatly to total denials. The most significant causes for denial regardless of class applied for are cardiovascular, the miscellaneous pathology category endocrinopathies, disqualifying medications, and administrative denials, neuropsychiatric, and at a substantially lower level, eye pathology. The updated data on medically disqualified applicants are consistent with expectations and previous findings, with cardiovascular diseases still the number one cause for denial.
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