An applicant meets the color vision standard if he/she passes any of the color vision tests listed in Examination Techniques, Item 52. Color Vision. If an applicant fails any of these tests, inform the applicant of the option of taking any of the other acceptable color vision tests listed in Item 52. Color Vision Examination Equipment and Techniques before requesting the Specialized Operational Medical Tests in Section D below.
Inform the applicant that if he/she takes and fails any component of the Specialized Operational Medical Tests (PDF) in Section D, then he/she will not be permitted to take any of the remaining listed office-based color vision tests in Examination Techniques, Item 52. Color Vision as an attempt to remove any color vision limits or restrictions on their airman medical certificate. That pathway is no longer an option to the airman, and no new result will be considered.
An applicant does not meet the color vision standard if testing reveals:A. All Classes AOC (1965 edition) pseudoisochromatic plates: seven or more errors on plates 1-15. AOC-HRR (second edition): Any error in test plates 7-11. Because the first 4 plates in the test book are for demonstration only, test plate 7 is actually the eleventh plate in the book. (See instruction booklet.) Dvorine pseudoisochromatic plates (second edition, 15 plates): seven or more errors on plates 1-15. Ishihara pseudoisochromatic plates: Concise 14-plate edition: six or more errors on plates 1-11; the 24-plate edition: seven or more errors on plates 1-15; the 38-plate edition: nine or more errors on plates 1-21. Richmond (1983 edition) pseudoisochromatic plates: seven or more errors on plates 1-15. OPTEC 900 Vision tester and Farnsworth Lantern test: an average of more than one error per series of nine color pairs in series 2 and 3. (See instruction booklet.) Titmus Vision Tester, Titmus i400, OPTEC 2000 Vision Tester, Keystone Orthoscope, or Keystone View Telebinocular: any errors in the six plates. Richmond-HRR, 4th edition: two or more errors on plates 5-24. Plates 1-4 are for demonstration only; plates 5-10 are screening plates; and plates 11-24 are diagnostic plates.
UNACCEPTABLE TESTING FOR COLOR VISION: The OPTEC 5000 Vision Tester (color vision portion) Farnsworth Lantern Flashlight aka Farnsworth Flashlight Farnsworth D-15 Yarn tests AME-administered aviation Signal Light Gun Test (AME office use is prohibited.) Web-based color vision applications, downloads, or printed versions of color vision tests are also prohibited. The AME must use actual color vision plates and testing machinery for applicant evaluations.
The following equipment and techniques apply only to airmen. Not all tests approved for airmen are acceptable for air traffic controllers (FAA employee 2152 series and contract tower air traffic controllers).
The following criteria apply only to airmen. Not all tests approved for airmen are acceptable for air traffic controllers (FAA employee 2152 series and contract tower air traffic controllers). For ATCS information, see the end of this section or contact a Regional Flight Surgeon.
Inform the applicant that if he/she takes and fails any component of the Specialized Operational Medical Tests in Section D, then he/she will not be permitted to take any of the remaining listed office-based color vision tests in Examination Techniques, Item 52. Color Vision as an attempt to remove any color vision limits or restrictions on their airman medical certificate. That pathway is no longer an option to the airman, and no new result will be considered.
The color vision screening tests above (Section A) are not to be used for the purpose of removing color vision limits/restrictions from medical certificates of airmen who have failed the Specialized Operational Medical Tests below (Section D). See bold paragraph in the introduction of this section (above).
Specialized Operational Medical Tests for Applicants Who Do Not Meet the Standard. Applicants who fail the color vision screening test as listed, but desire an airman medical certificate without the color vision limitation, may be given, upon request, an opportunity to take and pass additional operational color perception tests. If the airman passes the operational color vision perception test(s), then he/she will be issued a Letter of Evidence (LOE).
An applicant for a first- or second- class airman medical certificate who has defective color vision and desires an airman medical certificate without the color vision limitation must first demonstrate the ability to pass the OCVT during the day (as above) and then must pass a color vision Medical Flight Test (MFT). The color vision MFT is performed in the aircraft, including in-flight testing. It consists of the following:
An applicant who fails the Signal Light Test (SLT) portion of the OCVT during daylight hours may repeat the test at night. Should the airman pass the Signal Light Test (SLT) at night, the restriction:
The Examiner must document the color vision test instrument used, version, answer sheet with the actual subject responses and the score. If MEDExpress is used the examiner may fax or mail the results to the Flight Surgeon or may document the findings in Item 60: AME Comments on History and Findings.
AME office inspections: The inspector must visually inspect the condition of the color vision test instrument, for fading, finger prints, pen or pencil smudges; and lights used. Only a Macbeth Easel or a Verilux True Daylight Illuminator (F15T8VLX) are acceptable. Room lights must be off.
Any test device with a restricted test set, like the Titmus testers, generally have a high false alarm test. If a disproportionally high number of subjects are failing, it may be necessary to review the acceptability of that test instrument. Regional Medical Offices are expected to monitor this situation.
Any of the following listed tests can be taken to examine your color vision. If you fail one of them there is always the possibility to take another test of the list. I think this is a good rule as you can always have a bad day or be to nervous. So make sure that you pass in the second round. And it is important to know, that no other color blindness tests are allowed!
If you fail the above tests and still want to try to get your license, there is a last chance for you. But it is very important to know, that this second possibility of test can only be done once and after that you are not allowed to take any other test again. So this is really your last chance!
The specialized operational medical test consists of five different test steps. The first two parts are subsumed under the name Operational Color Perception Test (OCVT) and you have to accomplish them during day light. The last three steps are called Medical Flight Test (MFT) including also in-flight testing.
Make sure you are fit while taking this test, as it can be taken only once. But if you can master it you will receive a Letter of Evidence (LOE) which means, you will never have to take a color blindness test again during your pilots career.
CANNON BUILDING STATE OF DELAWARE TELEPHONE: (302) 744-4500 861 SILVER LAKE BLVD., SUITE 203 DEPARTMENT OF STATE FAX: (302) 739-2711 DOVER, DELAWARE 19904-2467 DIVISION OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION WEBSITE: DPR.DELAWARE.GOV BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS PHYSICAL EXAMINATION Name of Pilot or Apprentice Pilot: _______________________________________ Age: _________ Weight: _________ Height: _________ Blood Pressure: _____________________ Urinalysis: ________________ Pulse Rate: ____________________ Are you presently being treated for diabetes Yes No If Yes, complete the following: When was the diagnosis made _____________ Current insulin dosage(s) and preparations(s): __________________ Length of time on current dosage: ______________; Have you had any episodes of either hyperglycemic coma or hypoglycemic reaction ____________________ Yes No Attach a laboratory report of glycosolated hemoglobin (HgbA1C level indicating degree of control) within the past 30 days. Eyes: Color sense is (check one): Normal Not Normal Acceptable Color Vision Tests (Check test used) (X-Chrom lens shall not be used.) Eldridge - Green Color Perception Lantern Farnsworth Lantern Keystone Orthoscope Keystone Telebinocular SAMCTT (School of Aviation Medical Color) Threshold Tester Titmus Optical Vision Tester Fransworth Dichotomus D-15 Panel Test Pseudoisochromatic Plates (Check PIP test used) Dvorine, 2nd Edition AOC Revised Edition of AOC-HRR Ishihara 16-, 24-, or 38-plate edition Williams Lantern Vision without glasses: Right eye ____________ Left eye ____________ Vision with glasses: Right eye ____________ Left eye ____________ Vision 20/100 Uncorrected in each eye - 20/20 correctible in each eye with glasses, hard or soft lens.
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