Can a pilot have ADHD?

Urgent question,
Can someone like me who has ADHD become a pilot. I desperately need an answer.


I think so I have high functioning autism which means it doesn’t really affect me. It just matters if you can pay attention during flight school so I think you can.
good luck


I’m not really sure tho

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I’m 40 years old now. I’ve had ADD/ADHD my whole life. You find ways to compinsate if it’s important to you.


It depends on the medication and potential side effects if you’re taking any. Medication plays a big role. You should consult an AME to be 100% sure.


How would you become a pilot without holding a medical certificate?


I live in Canada, are the rules the same?

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“Medication Class Description: Current FAA policy does not allow persons who use any medications for ADD or ADHD to hold an airman medical certificates. The FAA now has a protocol for evaluating pilots with Attention Deficit Disorder prior to issuing a waiver.”

“ADHD itself is not a disqualifying condition.
Yet, if you have a formal diagnosis of ADD or ADHD you may need to undergo additional testing in order to receive a medical certificate”



I can’t find any info on this on Transport Canada’s website but I’d assume it’s similar to the FAA since it’s relatively easy to convert licenses between the US and Canada.

Like I said, I’d consult an AME to get a definite answer. Even if you haven’t started flying yet, getting your medical is something that is always good to do before hand before you spend big bucks on training and planning your career (if you’re pursing commercial).

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What’s an AME?

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Aviation Medical Examiner. They’re special doctors who are aware with all the air regulations and will tell you if you’re fit to fly.


the answer is no because you have to have a medical to fly

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You cant. ADHD is not acceptable as a pilot unfortunately

Consult with an AME as I haven’t found anything in CFR 14 Part 67 specifically about ADD/ADHD. Part 67 is the federal laws for requirements for a 1st Class Medical Certificate. I believe the AME has to examine it on a case by case basis to ensure you’re able to execute your duties safely.

You can find the direct information here for the federal requirements.


How do you know?

Depends on severity

Here is some info on your quesiton:

Attention Deficit (ADD) – [Daytrana, Concerta, Methylin, Ritalin (Methylphenidate Hydrochloride)], Adderall (Dextroamphetamine Sulfate), Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) and Strattera (Atomoxetine Hydrochloride) are not approved by the FAA. Under rare circumstances, individuals using Ritalin were previously approved but this is no longer possible. Approval for ADD is more likely for adults due to the difficulty in accurately evaluating ADD in young people and all cases require at least 90 Days off medication prior to consideration.

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There is another way to get your FAA med certificate with ADHD. I do not know much of how its done though.

Medicaid I think

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I’m sure as long as you don’t think of it as something that’ll let you down, or use it as an excuse like I used to, you should be completely ok to go ahead with your career!