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MedXpress! On Oct. 1, 2012 the paper version of the FAA airman medical application will be retired and all medical applications will be completed online using FAA's MedXpress. Read about it here.

AOPA/EAA Medical Exemption Petition
Read about the recently filed AOPA, EAA medical exemption petition in which the FAA is asked to consider education in place of medical regulation. 

Whether you have questions about applying for your first medical certificate, or about the process for recertification after an illness, you'll find answers here. Choose from these options:

Health Conditions That May Affect Certification

In this section, find answers to questions about how a medical condition might impact your flying privileges. Information is categorized by physiology and includes the relevant medical standards, as well as the procedures to follow for recertification, or to obtain a special issuance medical certificate.

Bone and Joint— Includes information on arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

Cancer—Many pilots recover from cancer and regain flying privileges. Find out more here.

Ear, Nose, Throat, and Equilibrium—Read the medical standards for hearing, as well as information on cochlear implants, Eustachian bypass, and motion sickness.

Endocrine System—Includes information on diabetes and thyroid conditions.

Gastrointestinal—GERD, hepatitis, colitis, Crohn's disease and more are covered here.

Heart and Circulatory System—Read how to get recertified after having heart-related problems.

Immune System—HIV and related conditions are included in this section.

Mental Health—This section covers ADD/ADHD, depression, psychological evaluation, and substance abuse.

Neurological (Nervous System)—Read about migraine headaches, cerebrovascular disease, and strokes.

Pulmonary—Read how you can keep your medical certification if you have asthma, allergies, or another lung-related condition.

Sleep Disorders—Find out what you'll need to do to get your medical renewed if you have sleep apnea.

Substance Abuse—Here are the guidelines for certification if you have a history of alcohol or drug-related problems.

Urology (includes kidney)—Read how to be recertified after having kidney stones removed, or after a successful kidney transplant.

Vision—Color vision, glaucoma, and LASIK surgery are all covered here.

The AOPA Pilot Protection Services

AOPA Pilot Protection Services offers a variety of services designed to protect both the pilot and medical certificates of members with one valuable program. Participants will receive access to health and wellness discounts, as well as information, tips, and insights from top industry experts. In addition to providing help when a member is in trouble, AOPA will also proactively provide information to help members take control of their flying future—increasing the odds that members will be able to fly as long as they’d like.