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Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Decision Considerations - Aerospace Medical Dispositions
Item 35. Lungs and Chest - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Common Conditions and Course of Action

Disease/Condition Class Evaluation Data Disposition
Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or COPD 9 All Submit all pertinent medical information and current status report. Include an FVC/FEV1 Initial Special Issuance - Requires FAA Decision

Followup Special Issuance's - See
AASI Protocol

9 Certification may be granted, by the FAA, when the condition is mild without significant impairment of pulmonary functions. If the applicant has frequent exacerbations or any degree of exertional dyspnea, certification should be deferred.

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