Medical

Medical Questions?

Do you have questions or need information about an airman medical topic? Look through the information on these pages, and feel free to contact AOPA's Medical Aviation Specialists Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672) or email medicalassist@aopa.org.

Video: How to Obtain Airman Medical Certification

To exercise the privileges of your private or commercial pilot certificate, it must be accompanied by an FAA airmen medical certificate. Obtaining your FAA medical is done by visiting a qualified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Watch this two-minute video to learn more about what the AME will ask.

AOPA Podcast

Tips for filling out the FAA Airman Medical Application

Listen as Gary Crump, AOPA's Director of Medical Certification, explains some of the common questions and pitfalls associated with the FAA MedXPress application process for pilots. Special attention is given to questions concerning medical history and medication usage.

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.