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The FAA allows for recertification following diagnosis and successful treatment of renal stones. If you are reporting the history on your medical application for the first time, you will need to provide to the aviation medical examiner two reports from your treating physician (usually a urologist):
A retained stone or a history of recurring stones is disqualifying and the AME should defer the application to the FAA for a decision. Recertification with a retained stone may be possible if there is reasonable evidence that the stone is not likely to move within the kidney or out of the kidney into the ureter. Depending upon the size and chemical makeup of the stone, any movement can result in very rapid and potentially incapacitating pain. Your urologist should provide a written opinion as to the likelihood for incapacitation.
After initial certification by FAA staff doctors, subsequent renewals qualify for AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI), a process that provides examiners the ability to issue an airman medical certificate to an applicant who has a medical condition that is disqualifying under 14 CFR Part 67.
The authorization letter received from FAA, granted in accordance with part 67 ( 14 CFR Part 67.401), is accompanied by attachments that specify what information the treating physician(s) must provide for the renewal issuance.
Examiners may issue renewal of an airman medical certificate if the applicant provides the following:
The examiner should defer to the AMCD or Region if:
Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.
Updated October 27, 2009
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