Hey everyone, as you guys probably already know, and are tired of me sayin by now, my eyes are crap...i'm color deficient like there's no tomorrow. I'm gettin ready for my cross crountry here in the next coupla weeks, and also some night time flying, so i'm going to take a signal light test tomorrow. Has anyone takin one before? I think i pretty much know the drill, but after reading this, especially the last coupla sentences,
The Guide to Aviation Medical Examiners goes on to explain how an applicant who has failed the test might obtain a Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) for borderline color deficiency. The Guide states "an applicant who holds a medical certificate bearing a color vision limitation may request reevaluation or a SODA under the Special Issuance Section of Part 67 (14 CFR 67.401). This request should be in writing and should be directed to the Aeromedical Certification Division, AAM-300. If the applicant can perform the color vision task, the FAA will issue a medical certificate without a limitation with a SODA. Demonstrating the ability to perform color vision task appropriate to the certificate applied for may entail a medical flight test or a signal light test. If a signal light test or medical flight test is required, the FAA will authorize the test. The signal light test may be given anytime during training."
Unfortunately for the airman with borderline color vision, the opportunities to perform a medical flight test or signal light test are restricted to one, or possibly two, opportunities. The correct interpretation of these tests are left to the FAA pilot inspector. Failure of a signal light test generally results in a permanent restriction on an airman's medical certificate prohibiting night flying and flight by color signal control.
...i've become a little nervous. Can anyone assure me it'll be alright, i'll pass fine and i've got nuthin to worry about?