The airman medical standards are minimum standards. For that reason, the FAA develops certification policies that include baselines for different medical conditions.
The FAA issues three classes of medical certificates. Find out more here.
This table shows at a glance the differences among the three classes of medicals.
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.
The program, called AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI), makes renewal easier for certain low-risk medical conditions.
Find out how to minimize problems with the medical certification process.
How long is your medical certificate valid? Find out here.
What general medical conditions are grounding under the regulation, and for how long?
Following any surgery or hospitalization the FAA needs to see your medical records.
Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.
Read a sample letter of special issuance authorization that includes AOPA's explanation of what it means.
Find out what your treating physician should include in a status report on your medical condition.
Updated October 27, 2009
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