Airman Medical Certification

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Overview

The airman medical standards are minimum standards. For that reason, the FAA develops certification policies that include baselines for different medical conditions.

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First, Second, and Third Class Certificates

The FAA issues three classes of medical certificates. Find out more here.

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Comparison of Classes of Medical Standards

This table shows at a glance the differences among the three classes of medicals.

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Special Issuance Medical Certification

There are 15 medical conditions that are specifically disqualifying, but you may be able to get a medical certificate under what's known as a special issuance authorization.

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AASI Qualifying Conditions

The program, called AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI), makes renewal easier for certain low-risk medical conditions.

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Certification Tips

Find out how to minimize problems with the medical certification process.

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Duration of Medical Certificate

How long is your medical certificate valid? Find out here.

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FAR 61.53—Self-ground for Medical Deficiency

What general medical conditions are grounding under the regulation, and for how long?

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Hospital Records for Review

Following any surgery or hospitalization the FAA needs to see your medical records.

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How/Where to Submit to the FAA

Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.

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SI Authorization Letter Interpretation

Read a sample letter of special issuance authorization that includes AOPA's explanation of what it means.

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What Is a Status Report

Find out what your treating physician should include in a status report on your medical condition.

Updated October 27, 2009