History of Unconsciousness: Pilots Seeking Airman Medical Certification

Item 18c: Unconsciousness for any reason

Apr 2014

Abbreviated Briefing:

Describe any loss of consciousness. Focus on:

  • Cause
  • Witnesses
  • Treatment
  • Evidence of Recurrence 

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at FlightPhysical.com from the 2014 AME Guide page 34, FAA and FDA web data (www.FAA.gov & www.FDA.gov), instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

18.c. Unconsciousness for any reason. The applicant should describe the event(s) to determine the primary organ system responsible for the episode, witness statements, initial treatment, and evidence of recurrence or prior episode. Although the regulation states, "an unexplained disturbance of consciousness is disqualifying," it does not mean to imply that the applicant can be certificated if the etiology is identified, because the etiology may also be disqualifying in and of itself. (See Item 46 Neurologic).

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