The European Colour Deficient Aircrew Association
I am an 11,000 hour airline pilot. I have flown Air New Zealand Dash 8’s, Saab340’s, Qantas B737-300/400 and 800’s, Air New Zealand A320, A320NEO and A321NEO. I have 5500 hours command on jet aircraft and 1000 hours Training Captain experience for Qantas on B737-800. I am Colour Deficient. It is so frustrating to see your regulator still have issues with this out dated draconian Restriction. if I can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I fail Ishihara, Farnsworth Lantern, CAD. All of which are simply testing methods to establish if an individual is colour deficient. Not one of these tests can identify the safety of an airline pilot. I have never in my career as an airline pilot ever had an issue with colour deficiency. It’s a load of bullshit.
Hi Jason this really is fantastic and very true ! It is amazing to have members like you that have such a great amount of experience and clearly show that 'lab based' CVD testing is discriminatory and wrong. I'm hoping we can push EASA and the UK to implement a practical assessment of CVD like in New Zealand, Australia etc. I have sent you an email today , I look forward to hearing from you . Thanks !!
Hi everyone, this is the first video I have seen of a practical colour vision assessment , this is from the South African Aviation Authority. Now, this is 10x better than the CAD test, however, there are many issues with this test procedure as it focuses on colour naming- which is a pointless exercise in all the scenarios he received as a test subject, furthermore, the regulation format is terrible. Even if someone passed this test they would be restricted to flying only in South Africa and non commercially ! There seems to be no logic in this regulation. In Europe we need to use this as a bad example of introducing practical assessment(this is not what we want), we need to be following suit of the New Zealand and CASA approach , a real-world practical flight test is the way forward. Link is here to the regulation : www.caa.co.za/Avmed Amended Protocols/Colour Vision Protocol.pdf
Let me know what you think ?