asthma and pilots

i have spent the last 2 years slowly going through the pipeline of joining for pilot. i was due to take my AIB last november but unfortunately i sprained my ankle just a week before it. i had to retake my sift interview about a month ago but it was stopped 5 minutes in after i told the bloke i had childhood asthma. i haven't suffered with it in over 10 years but he said it would still be an issue. in a medical questionnaire he gave me, it said asthma in the last 4 years was relevant??
is there any way to overcome the asthma issue?
Hi johno-92!

Welcome to Rum Ration!

The best person to advise on this is Rum Ration's resident Medic, AngryDoc. I have asked him to take a look at your question when he next does a ward round.

thanks soleil, you noticed it was my first post...well second including the 1 identical to it that i ddnt know how to delete :?
i browsed through the asthma links, but still very unsure on whether asthma in the past 4 years or ever having asthma is a problem?
ive also past my medical twice in the last 10 months, so not sure wether that would work in my favour or not?


If you had childhood asthma then we must see evidence that you no longer have asthma. If you had no probs after the age of 4, then you've nothing to worry about. If you've had probs since the age of 4, but not in the past 4 years, then you will need more detailed lung function testing which will be arranged by the AFCO ME. Your application will not pass unless your lungs are up to scratch.

If you've had probs in the past 4 years then things get a bit more complicated.

RN Medical Officer
When you did your medical questionaire, prior to seeing the AFCO ME, you will have had to answer the following question:-

Do you or have you ever suffered with Asthma or Wheezing?

What answer did you give??


To me this seems like a really interesting area of Naval Medicine. Scanning through the various threads I can see that some have failed to get through the CAAMB Medical however others have??

What I understand is that Aircrew must have no history of Asthma.

On the other hand, going off what Angry Doc says it's a case of proving you don't have it anymore if you think your case of Asthma was only "childhood" based.

This is what interests me the most, I agree that lots of people do suffer from child hood asthma. But by the sounds of things CAAMB asses each person individually.

But how do they draw the line? I understand extra testing is involved (Spirometer, Peak flow etc) But what exactly leads to the final pass given? Is previous history of attacks a factor, Hayfever etc?

I've only just noticed through reading the endless threads how much of a issue this is with potential aircrew and is some what "hazy" due to the different experience candidates have had.


The assessment is based on history, examination, peak flow, spirometry and reversibility testing.
Speaking as one who has gone through the CAAMBs medical process during aircrew selection I can say the actual medical is very intense and is/was the highest failure rate and caused the most anxiety during the whole selection process.

Your medical background is discussed at length and the subsequent examination thorough.

For example, one chap on my selection failed the medical selection, he left Seafield Park, the then home of CAAMB with no less than four appointments to see specialists for problems discovered during the medical.

EEG's, ECG's, XRays and a plethora of tests and measurements were employed to sift and sort the wheat from the chaf.

My advice. Don't worry about the medical. Treat it as the best physical examination you are likely to receive and if there is something wrong they will find it and help sort it.

If they do discover your past Asthma is a problem then just accept it as fate. Nothing you or the examiner can do. That said, if you don't try you will never know what the outcome would have been.
Pomme_Fritas said:
What I understand is that Aircrew must have no history of Asthma.
That's correct for the RAF, having spoke to all of the services about this the RN have told me a number of times that the 4 year rule applies.

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