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Color Restriction Removal

Color Restriction Removal

In 2002, a FedEx Boeing 727 crashed into trees on approach to Tallahassee, Fla., resulting in the loss of the aircraft and serious injuries to the three crewmembers. The NTSB investigation determined that the first officer’s color vision deficiency was one of several causal factors. As an outcome of that investigation and a subsequent safety recommendation, the FAA has modified its procedures for removing the operational restrictions for color vision deficiency. New computer-based tests have now been adopted to aid in determining eligibility for applicants who cannot pass the color vision test with the Aviation Medical Examiner. 

Note that there are two different procedures for airmen only and air traffic controllers. 

How/Where to Submit to the FAA
Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.

Updated December 2023