Can I Be Colour Blind and Be a Pilot?
Colour Vision Requirements for Flight Crew
The answer is yes – you can be colour blind and become an airline pilot, however, it depends on the severity and what colours you can / can’t recognise.
Approximately 1 in 12 men are colour blind and around 1 in 200 women. Colour blindness is usually genetic, but it can be aquired with age or illness. Many people don’t realise that they’re colour blind unil they go for their inital pilot medical assessment.
Your colour vision will be assessed at your inital Class One Medical assessment (a requirement to be a commercial airline pilot). This determines whether you are medically fit to operate a commercial aircraft. In the test you’ll be ask to identify which numbers are found in the coloured circles, which can be seen below.
Colour Vision Test
Test your colour vision…