Diabetes can’t keep good pilots downBy
A group of pilots with type 1 diabetes is not only making its own flying dreams come true, but they are charting a new course for people living with diabetes in regards to occupations previously out of reach of insulin-dependent individuals.
Diabetes Formation Flight USA is a formation of planes flown by pilots with type 1 diabetes. Six pilots will travel in a formation from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to an airshow in Oshkosh, Wyo.
Until 1997, flying a plane with insulin-treated diabetes was prohibited so many of these pilots were grounded after becoming pilots or kept from pursuing military or commercial flying careers. With a change in regulations in 1997, pilots with well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes were allowed by the FAA to obtain medical certificates for private piloting.
The Diabetes Formation pilots are pushing boundaries in regards to aviation, but resources are available to help people living with diabetes manage their health and life aspirations. Certified diabetes educator Elaine Blackwood is one of many professional qualified to help patient self-manage their diabetes while maintaining life goals and career aspirations.
If you feel you could benefit from the services of a CDE or group or individual self-management education, contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Diabetes Management & Supplies at 1-888-738-7929 and ask for the education department.