Aeronautics: Pilot's Eyes

Since 1928 some 5,000 applicants for private pilot's licenses and student permits have been rejected because their eyesight was below this requirement:". . . at least 20/50 in each eye without correction, which can be corrected approximately to normal [20/20]* by goggle lenses. . . ." Glasses were forbidden both during tests and in flight. The rule had the effect of limiting potential private flyers to 40% of the population up to middle age.

Last week the Department of Commerce opened the airways to glass-wearers. Henceforth applicants will be considered if their eyes,...

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