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FAA lifts barriers on transgender pilots

August 13, 2012

Following advocacy efforts by the Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center and the White House, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released new medical certification procedures for transgender pilots. All pilots must receive medical and psychological clearance to fly under FAA guidelines, yet transgender pilots were previously required to take an extraordinary battery of psychological tests including memory, personality, projective and intelligence tests among others. Transgender pilots were frequently grounded or lost their jobs due to the burdensome process.

Under the new guidelines, trans pilots must still receive medical certification, like other pilots, but will only be required to submit current clinical records with an evaluation from a psychiatrist or psychologist and reports on any surgery. You can read the new requirements online here.

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