Certain psychiatric conditions will prevent persons from obtaining a commercial pilot's license. Do the same restrictions apply to Part 107? If so, what means are there of obtaining clearance?

Background Reference: Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners: Item 47. Psychiatric Conditions


There are no specific medical restrictions placed on drone pilots in the US, however the pilot should not have reason to believe their state of health (physical and/or mental) will affect the flight:

§ 107.17 Medical condition.

No person may manipulate the flight controls of a small unmanned aircraft system or act as a remote pilot in command, visual observer, or direct participant in the operation of the small unmanned aircraft if he or she knows or has reason to know that he or she has a physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of the small unmanned aircraft system.

Source: eCFR 14.I.F.107.B.17

  • $\begingroup$ Also, the TSA Background Check includes this restriction in Disqualifying Offenses and Other Factors: "An applicant will also be disqualified if he or she has either been adjudicated as lacking mental capacity or is involuntarily committed to a mental health facility." $\endgroup$ May 22 at 10:11

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