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6.9 Tests of colour vision
Applicants for Class 1 or Class 2 medical certification who fail the Ishihara Pseudoisochromatic Plates (PIP) colour vision test are to be referred to a centre that conducts Farnsworth lantern (FALANT) or Optec 900 testing. Applicants for Class1 or Class 2 medical certification who fail the Farnsworth Lantern or Optec 900 test are to be referred for a computer-based Colour Assessment and Diagnosis (CAD) test or Operational Colour Vision Assessment (OCVA). OCVA comprises a ground-based assessment and an in-flight assessment and a separate assessment is done for day flying and for night flying.
Contact details for tests of colour vision are available on our website.
Note: Colour vision testing for these applicants is to follow the sequence:
- Pseudoisochromatic plates (Ishihara PIP)
- Farnsworth lantern test (FALANT) or Optec 900 test
- Colour Assessment and Diagnosis (CAD) test or Operational Colour Vision Assessment (OCVA).
A pass on any of these tests will satisfy the requirements for issue of an unrestricted Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate.
New applicants for Class 3 medical certification are required to pass the Ishihara PIP colour vision test. No additional or alternative colour vision testing is available for this group.
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