Here's the problemo: Some twenty years ago, I suffered impact damage to my left eye which has left me with slightly reduced vision of that eye. Unfortunatley, this reduced vision cannot be repaired or corrected via lenses etc. I knew this would be a problem, so I did some resarch and found this on the CASA website.
So I knew I'd be applying for a Functionally Monocular waiver, and that the waiver would (likely) carry with it certain conditions. I would not be able to fly agricultural operations (I don't agree, but whatever, I can live with that) and the waiver would only be valid in Australia - I assume that's because it would not meet ICAO standards and I'd have to re-apply in each country I wish to fly in. Again, I'm happy to live with that. It also says, in no uncertain terms, "Special Conditions"
Off I went to my Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist who, after relieving me of a hefty sum of money, was happy to inform me that I had reduced visual acuity of my left eye and that according to CASA, I was functionally monocular. And then he forgot to send all that off to CASA for review.
Ten short months later (with a few reminders) I finally get a responce from CASA: You're functionally monocular and you'll require a waiver.
The conditions of the waiver are:
- No Ag flying
- Only valid in Australia
- NOT VALID FOR ROTARY WING OPERATIONS