Pulmenary Function Test


New Member
What is the deal with the pulmenary function test being required for ATC people with asthma, but for required for a 1st class Airmen Med?

My Flight Surgeon

Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner
For airmen with significant asthma (those who take medication routinely) there is a Special Issuance process. The FAA usually requires a yearly pulomonary function test for this Special Issuance.

The other thing is as an ATC you are an employee - they want to know your lung function so 1) you can work a full shift and 2) there is an issue of potential disability and the issues surrounding that process.