Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs)

I will need to renew my FAA medical certificate in the next couple of months. I'd like to find an aviation medical examiner (AME) who also is a pilot. Can AOPA help me find one in my area? Read the answer here.


Will a disability retirement affect the issuance of a medical certificate? Find the answer to this and more questions here.

Medical Certificates

Just how many pilots are actually denied certification due to medical reasons? Read more here to find out.


I was taking antidepressants several years ago, but I'm not taking them currently. Can I get my medical back? Find the answer in this section.

Vision and Hearing

I'm considering LASIK surgery, does the FAA allow that? Read the answer here.