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  1. I hope not. The Konan CCT takes longer to run and it occasionally fails people who have normal color vision because it penalizes a person so severely when they miss a stimulus they should have seen (i.e. finger error, brain fart- you press left when you meant to press right). The Rabin CCT is calibrated every week to ensure the monitors are producing the correct colors. So, if the monitor drifts slightly over time, the software adjusts the color to get the desired output.
  2. For IFC I, no I would not expect a waiver.
  3. Jon, USAFSAM has no authority to offer a positive recommendation for anyone who exceeds waiver limits. They essentially interpret the policy for the waiver authority. AFMSA (and AETC) have the authority to waive anything they want. They usually follow the written policy, but not in every case. I don't know what they will do in this case as there are very few people who have refractive surgery with refractive errors above +5.00. At this point, there seems little harm in starting an ETP. I don't see it having any impact on your medical disposition. You are technically still DQ'd so an ETP can be initiated (it can't be if your disposition is still in limbo). If AFMSA comes around and offers a waiver then you d/c the ETP process.
  4. That is a really dated link. I could refer you to the current MSD (Medical Standards Directory), but it requires a CAC. All I can tell you is that -3.00 on a cycloplegic exam is the limit for IFC I for the AF. PM if you want more information.
  5. No, standard is still 55 or better for each eye / all colors with the exception of MOD which can go down to 35.
  6. The time is definitely not limited by the medical side. Physicals can be processed and stamped within a day or two if it's a rush. Maybe just the backlog in scheduling seats at UPT??
  7. AF has no standards for uncorrected vision. Their standards are strictly based on your refractive error, which can be no worse than -3.00 D for IFC I.
  8. The AF does not use uncorrected vision. It's all based on your prescription. So, it's impossible to say for sure, but if you are 20/80, it's unlikely your prescription would break the limit. The rules are the same for all airframes.
  9. QMar, First off, I'm sorry to hear of your misfortune. The problem with keratoconus (KCN) and flying for the Air Force is that the AF invests a lot of money to train pilots and anyone with a progressive eye condition runs the risk of not being able to maintain vision within standards for the expected flying career (10 years after UPT). As you accurately stated, policies change with time and as collagen crosslinking becomes more common in the US (it's only been FDA approved for a couple of years) there is a possibility that policy regarding crosslinking will change. However, the AF still doesn't even commission people with KCN much less put them into UPT. They are looking at a policy to allow commissioning with KCN if treated with crosslinking and with a period (maybe a year) of demonstrated stability. So, if it ever gets to a point of allowing entry into UPT with KCN and crosslinking it's probably going to be quite a ways down the road. PM me if you want more specific information on your case.
  10. You'll get the same eye exam as everyone else. The only additional test is one of these: https://www.precision-vision.com/product-category/contrast-eye-charts/
  11. I've seen numerous people in their mid 30's getting pilot slots. The max I've seen is 44 (if memory serves correctly). However, that was a little bit of a unique situation. She was a Nav in a Guard unit switching from 130's to C-17's so it was either retrain her or lose her altogether.
  12. Phoria standards are different for IFC I than for ABM applicants because ABM's do not have scanning duties. That refers to clearing the aircraft of other aircraft or objects whether in the air or ground. There is a phoria standard for ABM applicants, but it is more lenient than IFC I. PM me if you want more specific information. I'm assuming your IFC I was not done at Wright-Patt.
  13. Who is the "coordinator" you've been in contact with?
  14. This video is accurate. The AF is not using the Konan device, however, the device being used is similar. It uses a rotating Landolt C like you see in the video rather than letters as it makes the test more efficient. You have ample opportunity to practice to ensure you understand the test before actually starting.
  15. Unlikely. The REACT study is only for IFC I (pilot applicants). Given that the waiver was indefinite it sounds like the folks at the Aeromedical Consultation Service didn't feel the topography was abnormal enough to monitor.
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