The FAA's Aeromedical Certification Division has made substantial improvements in the processing of deferred medical applications. However, delays can still be lengthy if your aviation medical examiner (AME) doesn't issue a medical certificate at the time of the examination.
One of the most common reasons for delays in the issuance of a medical certificate is the lack of adequate documentation about your medical condition. Anytime you report something new on the FAA medical application, including a new medical condition or medication, or visits to health professionals other than routine office visits, you should have available for your AME at least a basic report from your treating doctor providing some background on the condition or medication that you're reporting.
Here are some additional suggestions that will help minimize the potential for delays when your next medical examination comes due:
Updated January 26, 2010
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