Medical Medical Clearance

DoubleA82609

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Hi everyone,
I'm new here after applying to the July bid.

I was selected to take the ATSA so I know I'm far away from this step, if I even get there, but I'm still curious.

I haven't found anything on here or any definitive information on the subject of controllers with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was a baby and have had it under good control for my whole life. I was hoping someone on here might know what the medical clearance process is like if you're a diabetic.

The FAA sites say you can't have history of it but on other pages they say each case is evaluated individually.

So I guess my real question is should I even bother trying for this position? Do they ever let anyone with diabetes through?

Thanks for any help,
Aaron
 

dakloss1990

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The document linked here is an exhaustive guide for aviation medical examiners. Just skimming it, page 273 suggests that airmen (read: also ATCS) with such conditions may be granted special consideration under certain circumstances.

Be ready to send them all of your paperwork, but other than that, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Best of luck!
 

DoubleA82609

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The document linked here is an exhaustive guide for aviation medical examiners. Just skimming it, page 273 suggests that airmen (read: also ATCS) with such conditions may be granted special consideration under certain circumstances.

Be ready to send them all of your paperwork, but other than that, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Best of luck!
Awesome, I'll take a look at that. Thank you.


I'm still curious if there's anyone on here that's a diabetic and got through. Is there anything special that needs to be done after getting through the clearance process?
 

DoubleA82609

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The document linked here is an exhaustive guide for aviation medical examiners. Just skimming it, page 273 suggests that airmen (read: also ATCS) with such conditions may be granted special consideration under certain circumstances.

Be ready to send them all of your paperwork, but other than that, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Best of luck!
So I just got a chance to look at the AME guide. I am familiar with the part of it you're talking about. I've been going through those hoops to submit for a pilot medical. Will it be the same process for ATC? I would have imagined the medical stuff would be different.

Thanks again for any help,
Aaron
 

FTWFaa2019

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So I just got a chance to look at the AME guide. I am familiar with the part of it you're talking about. I've been going through those hoops to submit for a pilot medical. Will it be the same process for ATC? I would have imagined the medical stuff would be different.

Thanks again for any help,
Aaron
I’m a type 1 diabetic and I got through. Shoot me a dm with any questions you have.
 
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