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posted 3 years ago
FAA medical certification and the American with Disabilities Act
I have recovered from addiction and a former diagnosis of bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Currently, I've been sober for five years, off all medications for four years, and completed several years of therapy. I recently started studying commercial aviation; however, according to the FAA's regulations, I suffer from an incurable and disqualifying medical condition: "Certain medical conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and severe personality disorder automatically disqualify a pilot from obtaining an FAA medical certificate and prohibit them from flying". Is this policy legal under the American with Disabilities Act? After further readings, I found out that all medical clearances for bipolar disorder are automatically denied or deferred. Moreover, another profession that concerns the safety of other individuals on a regular basis, allows people with a history of bipolar disorder to enroll in its ranks. According to this article:
  • United States
  • Aviation
  • Public Law
  • Human Rights

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