Medical recertification is possible for pilots who have a history of a cerebrovascular disorder including stroke, transient ischemic attack, transient global amnesia, or other disturbance of consciousness. With a diagnosis of a stroke or transient ischemia attack (TIA), the FAA generally requires at least two years of uneventful recovery. If the diagnosis is lacunar cerebral infarction, the FAA may grant certification after one year of recovery, provided the follow-up neurological evaluation is normal.
You should provide a cover letter to the FAA requesting a special issuance under FAR 67.401. The letter should include social security number and date of birth.
Specifications for cardiovascular and neurological evaluations should be followed when submitting to FAA. A complete review of both organ systems is necessary to rule out a significant ongoing disease process that could result in incapacitation. In addition to the required exercise treadmill test, for recertification after a stroke, a 2-D echocardiogram and bilateral carotid ultrasound are also required. If these reports are not included, there will be lengthy delays at the FAA. Copies of previous medical records are required. Your AME or personal physician can assist in gathering the necessary information.
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Updated October 27, 2009
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