ADHD, Pilots, Medication and the FAA

Quite some time ago, I wrote an article on this blog about ADHD, pilots and ADHD medication. This is a tricky issue -because we all want pilots to be safe in the air, and I believe that people with ADHD can be outstanding pilots and should be allowed to take their medication and still fly! (Better than them not taking their medication or not pursuing the diagnosis to try to keep their pilot’s license!).

Just recently, a doctor emailed me, and let me know that he had created a whole web site about this issue.
It’s a great site and I recommend it.
Check it out -and please pass it along to anyone you know who has ADD and wants to fly.
Here it is: www.ADHDPilots.org/

Dr. Kenny

[tags] ADHD Medication, Pilots, Adult ADD [/tags]

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  1. Pilots, Medication and the FAA…

    This is a tricky issue -because we all want pilots to be safe in the air, and I believe that people with ADHD can be outstanding pilots and should be allowed to take their medication and still fly! (Better than them not taking their medication or not p…

    • I have been an aircraft mechanic for more than 30 years. I will be presumptuous enough to state that I probably have a better grasp on what aircraft can and can not do and have a greater understanding about flight characteristics than the average person who chooses to pursue a private pilot’s license. And I will go as far as saying possibly developing a greater love for aircraft and flight due to the close association and care required to keep them flying. My greatest desire has been to, “fly before I die”, (alone). Because I have hereditary ADD and take medication that helps keep me sharp and focused, I am not allowed to obtain a medical certification to be trusted to fly an aircraft. Ironically, if I get off of the medication that enables me to have focus and stay on task I would have a better chance of receiving authorization to operate the very machines hundreds of people over the years have trusted me with their lives to keep air-worthy.

  2. Pilots, Medication and the FAA…

    This is a tricky issue -because we all want pilots to be safe in the air, and I believe that people with ADHD can be outstanding pilots and should be allowed to take their medication and still fly! (Better than them not taking their medication or not p…

  3. Pilots, Medication and the FAA…

    This is a tricky issue -because we all want pilots to be safe in the air, and I believe that people with ADHD can be outstanding pilots and should be allowed to take their medication and still fly! (Better than them not taking their medication or not p…

  4. I agree completely with the point you’re making. What does ADHD have to do with piloting? Even the treatment does not contain something which could be potentially dangerous to the aircraft and/or the life of the pilot or passengers. I know a lot of pilots who avoid diagnosis and treatment for the fear of having their licenses revoked. They would be better off receiving treatment whilst continuing to fly. Some of these rules are really ridiculous!
    Abbs

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