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Can a cadet pilot wear glasses and does he require to be strong?
Pilot Career - Eyesight
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 20:28

Dear Capt Lim,

As one of the requirements for the cadet pilot application is visual acuity. It is stated in the Singapore Airlines website that, a candidate needs to have 6/60 visual acuity, 6/6 with optical aid.

Does that mean that if one that has 6/60 visual acuity without optical aid, he/she is eligible to apply for the position?
My visual acuity is 6/12 (right) and 6/6 (left) [without optical aid]. So, am I eligible to apply
for cadet pilot?
Also, I like to know that is the training program very hectic and need a lot of physical strength?

I hope to get a reply from you as soon as possible. Thank you.


Hi David,

Yes, you can apply to be a cadet pilot provided your eyes can be corrected to a normal 6/6 vision with glasses.

Of course you need to be fit and the flying course is hectic but you don't need to have a lot of physical strength to fly an airplane!


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could i be apilot
dear captain lim, my name is carl.I was 13 years old and my ambition is to be a pilot,but i have eyesight problem.Can pilot use optical aid
carl nyjorie , 02 Dec, 2009
is there a loan provided to pursue piloting course?
hi sir. i would like to know if there are loans provided for piloting courses?
adrian , 05 Apr, 2010
captain Lim,when i was 13 my ambition is to be pilot..but i got bit problem about my eyesight...captain lim can i to be pilot if my eye,eye lazy...can you explain to me....
fiqry , 17 Apr, 2010
DEAR CAPTAIN LIM........i wanna to ask you that i want to be a pilot this is my dream since i was in 8th standard but my problem is my weight and specticals ...sir i request you to plz reply as soon as possible
habiba , 18 Oct, 2010
Hello, I am 18 years old and want to be a civil pilot for Swiss International Air Lines. I wonder if they require better vision than -3/+3?
Thanks for answer.
Alex , 03 Jan, 2011
my name is jack i am 9 years old and i dont have a very good eye sight my left eye is 300degree and right eye is 200degree so i want to be a pilot so can i be a pilot?
a philipine airline pilot
... , 22 Jan, 2011
Eyesight problem and airline career
Hi Capt. Lim!
I am 13 and i really want to become an airline pilot. But i have a problem with my eyesight. I got -3.5 and -4 strength (i am nearsighted) Would my dream ends because of this? Or would my dream continues and comes true? And what are the airline companies that accepts pilots whose have eyesight problems whether it is nearsighted or farsighted?

Akbar F. , 21 Apr, 2011
hello :)
sir, can I wear spectacles during my flight? I really wish to become a pilot. It's my ambition since I was young. I hope I can continue my dreamssmilies/smiley.gif
magdelene fong , 07 Jul, 2011
short sightness
dear sir,
I have sight problem..i wear a spectacle with power of 150 degree,is that any problem if i want to apply as a cadet pilot?do they(flying school) accpt me?hope capt will give me some guide and advise,should i cont my dream and what i have to do?
L , 02 Mar, 2012
Really concerned.
Dear Captain Lim,
My current myopia is 600 if not, 700 degree in power. Does that mean I can't be a pilot?
Would you kindly reply to kaven_@hotmail.com
Thank you smilies/smiley.gif
Kaven , 05 Apr, 2012
can I be a pilot with glasses
Hi captain Lim
I'm 13 years old an ikve always wanted to be an airline pilot but I have eye problems and both my eyes are -2.25 are airline pilots allowed to wear corrective glasses or are they not?smilies/cheesy.gif
Lance , 21 Jul, 2012
Reply to Lance
I have had a concern like this as well. I'm also 13 but my eyesight is -4.5! I became really afraid that would I qualify for an airline pilot so I did some of my own research and I found out that if your eyesight is above -6.00 or +5.00 you are O.K to be qualified for a a.pilot. The thing about corrective lenses now if both of your ayes can function 6/6 WITH OR WITHOUT contacts you are O.K. Even if you eye has major problem you may qualify. Let me give you 2 examples :
Once a pilot went on to have 23 years of experience as a a.pilot and he couldn't even see the big E without his glasses!
To take another example there was a.pilot whose one eye got shot and he still flew as a a.pilot!

So you shouldn't loose hope smilies/wink.gif
Salman , 09 Aug, 2012

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