June 21, 2013
By Gary Crump
The FAA Application for Airman Medical Certificate and Student Pilot Certificate (FAA Form 8500-8) online version is one of the most maligned federal applications. Complaints include how vague some questions are posed, form layout (less of a problem now with MedXPress, the online version), and the lack of room to report medical conditions or health care professional visits. It is item 19 on the application—visits to healthcare professionals—which continues to generate questions from members.
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