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Can I fly with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo BPPV?

I’ve had the unpleasant experience of having vertigo. It was distressing because of the lack of control I had during the episode. When it got worse it was accompanied by nausea. I would not like anyone to ever have to go through the symptoms of vertigo. BPPV is a condition of the ear that affects the way we perceive movement, you can read more about it here.

These symptoms will have a different implication if you are a pilot or a passenger. As a pilot you should seek advice with your usual certified Aviation Medical Examiner. Having symptoms of vertigo, even if they are transient, are not compatible with being able to pilot and aircraft or a remotely piloted aircraft. Once your symptoms improve, and your medical examiner is happy with your recovery you can begin flying once again.

Passengers and aircrew – on the other hand – can present these symptoms before or during their flight. As unpleasant as they are, it is not a restriction for flying.

Caution should be taken with any new episode of dizziness or vertigo. An accurate diagnosis made by a certified professional is essential to adequate treatment. Once it is determined that the underlying cause of your symptoms is BPPV and not something else, your healthcare professional can deem you safe to board an aircraft.

In the case of BPPV, you may find it easier to fly with, than with other forms of vertigo. This is because the symptoms are relieved by sitting still. You may also want toe perform vestibular exercises on the days leading up to the flight. Symptoms greatly improve once vestibular exercise like the Epley manoeuvre and Brandt-Daroff Exercises are completed.

Next Review Date Aug 2024

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