Depth Percerption

RD1186

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from what i hear u have to take a depth perception test to get hired as an ATC but in all the forums and books ive never seen it in the list, anyone know if they still test for this and if its an auto DQ?
 

danman9450

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They test for it in the military but not the FAA. 2nd class medical requirements. 20/20 corrected and no color blindness. From what I hear 70% of people fail the military depth perception test.
 

atcguruaf

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Actually, they do still test for this. I don't know about the 70%. I do know that everyone I've ever worked with has passed but 1. In percentages, that equals <1%.
 

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atcguruaf

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I would imagine you are DQ'ed. If it's a requirement, and you don't make it, why would you pass? Or rather, if you are not DQ'ed if you fail the test, what's the point of the test?

There are waivers for everything, but that one wouldn't make sense. Then again, it is the FAA, and common sense will not be tolerated...
 

zoolander

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I would imagine you are DQ'ed. If it's a requirement, and you don't make it, why would you pass? Or rather, if you are not DQ'ed if you fail the test, what's the point of the test?

There are waivers for everything, but that one wouldn't make sense. Then again, it is the FAA, and common sense will not be tolerated...
From Dr. Orsak's lips (or fingertips rather)

G_Orsak
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Re: Depth perception
Posted: Yesterday, 03:56 PM
As long as you meet the vision requirements of visual acuity, color perception and Phoria measurement, you should be fine.


As I suspected...If you are looking at a 2D screen all day it doesn't matter if you have less than stellar 3D vision...Now I could see the importance if I was being hired by Hollywood to assess the visual enjoyment of their 3D films but this is not the case!
 

atcguruaf

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Thank you for the correction. Perhaps I was confusing FAA standards with the Air Force's. Or perhaps I'm just a dumbass... haha
 

zoolander

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Thank you for the correction. Perhaps I was confusing FAA standards with the Air Force's. Or perhaps I'm just a dumbass... haha
No problem!...I doubt you're a dumbass...your line of thinking was pretty logical...I think depth perception is a bigger issue if you are trying to become a pilot.
 

DJatc

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I just came from MEPs and failed my depth perception test. Not an excuse but the doctor asked me if I could see anything, and didn't give me time to adjust. I looked it up on the internet and found that most people did fail, even if they did get a pass from an eye doctor later on. I don't know if this is true or not but if you can see magic eye then you have depth perception. I have no problem deciphering these images.