Medical Certification and Conditions

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Introduction to the Airman Medical Certification Process

Find information on airman medical standards, special issuance medicals, AASIs, conditions warranting self-grounding, and more.

Medical Conditions and their Impact on Medical 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.

 Updated October 29, 2009