Top five dumb aviation medical examiner (AME) tricks

August 6, 2013

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Warren Silberman

Warren Silberman

  • Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification 
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine 
  • Pilot since 1986

Well, fellow aviators, now that I no longer work for the FAA I can write about some things that may not have been very "appropriate" when I did. Not all aviation medical examiners are created equaI, and some do not act in the best interests of their pilots. When the AME doesn’t follow correct procedures in handling your application, the incorrect actions or inactions will usually result in your receiving a request from the FAA for more explanation and medical records, and your AME will receive an "error check" in his or her FAA file. This will result in aggravation for you and possible trouble for your AME. Here is a short list of the top five dumb things I have seen our AMEs do:

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