For the safety of the passengers and crew of an aeroplane, it is imperative that an airline pilot maintain a high level of fitness. There are a number of medical conditions which, once diagnosed, may prevent a pilot being allowed to fly a plane. If they can be stabilized, some conditions may allow a return to work. Other conditions are classed as 'non-medically certifiable'. Upon diagnosis of a non-medically certifiable condition, a pilot's medical certificate will be denied, and if already issued, it will be revoked. In these cases, the pilot cannot fly, and is forced to discontinue their chosen career. Insulin-treated diabetes has until recently been classified as a non-medically certifiable condition. Pilot Stephen Steele looks at the issues concerning people with diabetes who fly aircraft.
Discrimination, Pilot, Airplane, Insulin, Safety