Reposted from Montgomery County Gazette
Rockville executive seeks to help diabetic pilots fly high
Written by Elizabeth Waibel
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
When Jason Harmon learned to fly a plane in high school, he hoped to join the Air Force.
“As a kid, I had always wanted to be a pilot,” he said.
But before he could join the military, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which grounded his dreams of being a professional pilot. When Harmon got his diagnosis, Federal Aviation Administration rules barred those with diabetes from flying planes over concerns that if their blood sugar spiked or dropped, they could lose consciousness.