FAA Medical Certificate
What is a FAA Medical Certificate?
Under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a medical certificate as “acceptable evidence of physical fitness on a form prescribed by the Administrator.” The primary goal of the airman medical certification program is to protect not only those who would exercise the privileges of a pilot certificate but also air travelers and the general public.
A person who meets FAA airmen medical standards, based on a medical examination and an evaluation of medical history, is entitled to a medical certificate without restriction or limitation other than the prescribed limitation as to its duration. Individuals required to hold a medical certificate must have it in their personal possession at all times when exercising the privileges for which they are licensed.
How do I obtain an FAA Medical Certificate?
An FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) must examine you.
You must contact an AME of your choosing, schedule an appointment, complete an official FAA application form via MedXPress, and undergo a physical examination by an AME. If you meet the appropriate medical standards, the AME will issue you a medical certificate.
We use Dr. Philip A. Sidell for all of our Medicals. He is located at 3920 Sunnyside Rd. Edina, MN 55424. He can be reached at 952-926-3002.
Who must hold an FAA Medical Certificate?
Any person exercising the privileges of any of the following certificates: airline transport pilot certificate, commercial pilot certificate, private pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate, flight instructor certificate (when acting as pilot in command if serving as a required pilot flight crewmember), flight engineer certificate, flight navigator certificate, or student pilot certificate. Except for a person employed by the FAA, a branch of the military services or the Coast Guard, a person acting as an air traffic control tower operator also must hold an FAA Medical Certificate.
What are the minimum and maximum ages for obtaining an FAA Medical Certificate?
There are no minimum or maximum ages for obtaining a medical certificate. Any applicant who is able to pass the exam may be issued an FAA Medical Certificate. However, since 16 years is the minimum age for a student pilot certificate, people under 16 are unlikely to have practical use for an airman medical certificate.
Do I have to get a Medical Certificate With The New Basic Med?
If you are a new student you still have to get the FAA medical certificate. Afterwards you can follow the FAA’s new basic med guidelines depending on what type of flying. If you are a career student we recommend sticking with a 1st class Medical. If you are a leisure student after you obtain your medical the first time you can follow the FAA Basic Med Guidelines.