Does anyone know the FAA policy following a pneumonectomy? Is it possible to to get a medical back? Does that answer change for Class 1 medical?
The FAA AME Guide says that a pneumonectomy requires deferral to HQ, not denial, so there is a chance. But I can't find any guidance on how they make the decision. I suspect a lot has to do with the reason for the lung removal. From what I can find, it's typically because of lung cancer, in which case the cancer may be a bigger issue than the missing lung. You need to speak with an expert on difficult certifications like AOPA's Medical Help Desk or a specialist in such matters like Dr. Bruce Chien, who often drops by here or can be reached directly via www.aeromedicaldoc.com.
Thank you. I found some more info in the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners as well. I am working with AMAS currently. (Mine is not cancer related fortunately.)