Last reply 22 hours ago
Any pilots (the flying kind) out there?

Hi all

I was diagnosed with relapsing MS earlier this year. I work as an airline pilot and, as you might expect, was grounded immediately on diagnosis pending further reports. Unfortunately there isn’t much out there about aviation and ms – googling pilot and MS just throws up lots of information about pilot studies and whether it is safe to travel as a passenger. Are there any pilots out there who have experience in regaining their medical after diagnosis or have dealt with the CAA or other aviation authorities?

Many thanks

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1 week ago

@eeperman , the only flying I do is by the seat of my pants. But, I found this which I’m hoping might help. Points 4/5 cover MS :-

1 week ago

Hello @eeperman !

I am so sorry this happened to you! I totally understand and I hate what you are going through! I had a first class medical and my aeromedical physician stated it’s *nearly* impossible to get a FIRST class medical with MS. It really depends on your symptoms and progression. I was eligible for a third class but that wouldn’t help with my job and I lost confidence. I have a couple of CAA and FAA contacts if I didn’t answer your question. I was both a pilot and a controller. My symptoms were bad enough to put me in hospital when I was in the process of being diagnosed.

Please message me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

Good luck and tail winds,


PS: These were FAA guidelines. I am not a medical doctor.

22 hours ago

@eepeerman Not a pilot. From a family of them, airline and military. Fixed and rotary wing. On was diagnosed diabetic in RAF and immediate end to flying.

I used to glide. Now, anything can’t be PiC. Must be dual at all times and that is just in gliders.

MS = instant grounding and revocation of commercial ratings, afaik. Really really sucks. I feel for you.

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