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I have a ganglion cyst in my wrist and was wondering if this would be a problem on the flight medical?

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Hi Josiah,
I don't know much about ganglion cysts but I don't believe this would be a problem. You may have heard of AOPA which is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. They have a specific medical division which helps answer medical certification questions. It is probably a good idea for you to first get in touch with them so that your question can be addressed before you would first go to try and get your medical certificate for the first time. It is usually better to know how the FAA addresses these issues before you would try and get your medical as fighting a denial is not something that you want to do if at all possible.
http://flighttraining.aopa.org/students/presolo/special/medical.html is a great website detailing the medical process. I do not know if AOPA will help those who are not yet members, but I would not hesitate to give them a call. Another excellent resource from AOPA is http://www.aopa.org/Pilot-Resources/Medical which also has their contact information.
I knew a pilot who actually had only one leg after he lost a leg in an accident, and he got his medical certificate reinstated after proving he could fly an airplane with one leg. So that is a lot bigger issue than you would be dealing with.
Good luck in your quest to fly! Are you looking at aviation as a career or flying for fun only?
Sincerely,
Laura

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I can help with questions about aviation disasters, aircraft operations especially general aviation and King Air information, aviation safety, and education questions on how to get into an aviation career. I can also answer general aviation questions as I am a commercial multi-engine pilot. I cannot answer questions about flight training or MBA schools in countries other than the USA or provide advice for non-US citizens interested in flight training. I cannot answer questions advising you what school to choose. I have no experience with aeronautical engineering so I cannot answer questions relating to engineering or schooling for aeronautical engineers. PLEASE don't ask me questions about any kind of engineering because it is outside my area of expertise, and I will NOT answer your question. I also cannot help you to choose a master's program for study as I do not have a master's degree in aviation. I cannot help with MBA advice.

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I have been studying aviation disasters through doing my own research and a lot of reading since I was 13 or 14 years old. I am very interested in aviation safety and also am a commercial, multi-engine pilot. I am Director of Flight Operations at a private university working in the flight training department. I also have worked as an operations manager at a small charter airline and was involved in getting the airline certificated under Part 121 rules. I was formerly a flight operations division manager for a company operating a large fleet of King Air aircraft (60) and so I have some business aviation experience as well as having flight instructed for one year after college. My operations manager job frequently involved coordinating international projects for aerial survey clients and hiring qualified pilots to fly aerial survey missions.

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Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science with Flight Management Concentration: LeTourneau University (2004) :: Dispatch Certificate: Sheffield School of Aeronautics (2010) :: Commercial Pilot: Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rating :: Flight Instructor: Single, Multi and Instrument :: Ground Instructor: Basic and Advanced

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