Trans Pilots Allowed to Fly: FAA Updates Medical Requirements

The FAA has released new medical certification procedures for trans pilots, eliminating unnecessary psychological testing that had previously been required. Going forward, medical certification for transgender pilots will require only submitting current clinical records together with an evaluation from a psychiatrist or psychologist, as well as a report on any surgery (if applicable). The new requirements are listed in a new section of the agency’s Aviation Medical Examiner Guide, which can be found here.

The FAA requires that all pilots receive medical and psychological clearance to fly, and these procedures can be quite demanding. However, in recent years many transgender pilots had been required to undergo an expensive, burdensome and unnecessary battery of psychological tests including personality, projective and intelligence tests and others. Many transgender pilots were grounded due to such requirements and some even lost their jobs. While the FAA is understandably wary of any potential safety risk, requiring all these tests just because a person is transgender simply didn’t make medical sense.

The National Center for Transgender Equality would like to thank Drs. George Brown and Randall Ehrbar for their expertise as well as the FAA, the Obama Administration, the Transgender Law Center, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Representatives Mike Honda and Barney Frank for their work on this issue. NCTE will continue to monitor this issue to ensure the new procedures are implemented in a fair and sensible way.

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17 Responses to Trans Pilots Allowed to Fly: FAA Updates Medical Requirements

  1. E. Athena Day says:

    Barney Frank did something helpful for the trans community? I don’t believe it. Literally, I don’t. He may have been in the room but I need solid evidence he added any constructive to the conversation before I accept that miserable old bastard has changed his transphobic ways.

    • Daniel Norvell says:

      I think taht it might be good to look at Barnneys Frank full staff and one who happens to be Transgender FTM who is extremely active in Barneys behalf and the transgender community and understands how to get things done!

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  9. Brenda says:

    Gee here on Canada I’ve been flying as a corp pilot for two years woth not havong to go through that.

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