March 13, 2013
By Gary Crump
The FAA online medical application, MedXPress, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Eastern on March 14 through 8 p.m. Eastern on March 17 while work is done to convert the current server-based medical records system to a Web-based product. The transition is part of an ongoing initiative to improve the processing of airman medical certification records.
During the outage, aviation medical examiners will be unable to access the medical records system and will not be able to print your medical certificate. However, FAA physical examinations can still be conducted by the medical examiner. Your medical certificate will be available once the system is back online March 18.
If you have a physical exam scheduled during this time, you should complete your application online through MedXPress prior to March 14, and print a copy of the MedXPress summary page immediately after submitting the application. Take the printed copy of the summary history page with you to the AME. Before 5 p.m. Eastern on March 14, AMEs can still download the exam and print your medical certificate. After that, the AME can conduct the exam but will need the summary history page to review your medical history with you.
The FAA has notified AMEs of this temporary interruption in service; however, if you have an exam scheduled during this outage, AOPA encourages you to contact your AME in advance.
Pilot Health and Medical,
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