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1/C Aviation Physical

Python1287

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pilot
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#1
Hey all,

I'm going on 1/C Aviation Cruise this summer. I had PRK done 17 December. As you may have read from another thread of mine, I'm having some trouble with ghosting, but my visual acuity is pretty good (20/15 in the morning), but may decline throughout the day as ghosting gets worse (20/25). I was wondering if I needed to bring any of my PRK documents for the cruise physical which is in 2 weeks. Should I be scared about this physical (in terms of seeing)?

Thanks
 

nittany03

FUBIJAR
pilot
None
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#2
You probably won't get an upchit. IIRC, you need 6 months of documented followups and stable vision before they'll accept you. When I was a mid, I had PRK in December of my 2/c year, had a flight phys in March, and had to go back down in May to get fully med up.
 

UMichfly

Active Member
pilot
#3
Nittany is half right, you won't be getting an upchit or anything like that during your cruise physical. You'll just get a selected passenger chit. That being said, if your vision was better than -6.00 diopters before your surgery, you'll be eligible for a waiver as early as 3 months post-op, not 6. If you are better than 20/40 and you'll be more than 3 months post-op (and you can meet the other requirements on the waiver checklist http://www.nomi.med.navy.mil/NAMI/WaiverGuideTopics/PRK AMS template.doc), I would suggest you take your PRK paperwork with you to your physical and see if you can get your waiver request routed then. That will save you the headache of routing it directly at NAMI (trust me, it sucks).
 

Python1287

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pilot
Contributor
#4
Nittany is half right, you won't be getting an upchit or anything like that during your cruise physical. You'll just get a selected passenger chit. That being said, if your vision was better than -6.00 diopters before your surgery, you'll be eligible for a waiver as early as 3 months post-op, not 6. If you are better than 20/40 and you'll be more than 3 months post-op (and you can meet the other requirements on the waiver checklist http://www.nomi.med.navy.mil/NAMI/WaiverGuideTopics/PRK AMS template.doc), I would suggest you take your PRK paperwork with you to your physical and see if you can get your waiver request routed then. That will save you the headache of routing it directly at NAMI (trust me, it sucks).
Excuse my ignorance, but what is the difference with all of these chits? And I know that I'll be able to read the 20/20 line when I go there, will that work for me even though the three month mark is 17 March and the physical is 21 February?
 

UMichfly

Active Member
pilot
#5
Hopefully Feddoc is lurking around to unfvck any bum gouge I give you but basically a selected passenger chit just says that you're physically fit to be dead weight in a Navy aircraft. If you want, there is an official explanation in section 1.4 of the NAMI Waiver Guide http://www.nomi.med.navy.mil/NAMI/WaiverGuideTopics/pdfs/Waiver Guide - Physical Standards.pdf.

WRT your PRK waiver, since your physical is less than 3 months post-op, you won't qualify for the PRK waiver at that time, regardless of your vision. You'll have to go back in to the flight doc to get your waiver once you're past the 3 month mark.
 
#6
I'm a 1/C midshipman and am at about the one year mark post-op for PRK. My vision is fine, but from around the 6 month post-op point until now, I have noticed somewhat annoying starbursts, glare and some halos, none of them actually disabling, but really more of a nagging annoyance. I have already selected navy pilot and I can see 20/20. I was wondering if sometime down the road there would be another chance for the navy to touch up my eyes and improve my night vision. Thanks a lot guys.
 

Rubiks06

Registered User
pilot
#7
I'm a 1/C midshipman and am at about the one year mark post-op for PRK. My vision is fine, but from around the 6 month post-op point until now, I have noticed somewhat annoying starbursts, glare and some halos, none of them actually disabling, but really more of a nagging annoyance. I have already selected navy pilot and I can see 20/20. I was wondering if sometime down the road there would be another chance for the navy to touch up my eyes and improve my night vision. Thanks a lot guys.
if you are 20/20 dont mess with it. If you can see to fly no sense in getting cut again. Just another chance for complications.

I never had to read an eye chart for a mid cruise and i was good to go in everything. Did the standard protramid ride-along chit and rode in a t-34, p-3 and an f-18.
 
#8
Last Spring a bunch of 1/C went for our flight physicals for aviation cruise. The one guy had PRK done and he was only about 3 months post-op. He went for the physical and they wouldn't even let him finish all of the tests b/c it wasn't at the 6 month mark. He had to go back 3 months later during the summer to have the physical re-done.
My recommendation would be to talk to your secretaries or your LT and get a flight physical later in the semester, then you might be able to double count it for your commissioning physical. That's what we did last year, we got our physicals in mid April, and then a week later we had physiology.
Good luck!
 
#9
cockpit measurements

Does anyone know the measurement requirements for each aircraft. I am trying to figure out what type of aircraft I can fly with my measurements.
 

MIDNJAC

is clara ship
pilot
#10
If you mean for middie cruise, I don't recall ever having done anthros prior to my 1/c cruise. If you mean anthros (measurements) for being an SNA, there is a megathread already posted on this site with info and links. That said, you won't know for sure what you might be DQ'd from until you check into pensacola for API; anthros weren't an issue for the majority of people who I saw go through there, save the unusually large or small folks.
 
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