- Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
- Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine
- Pilot since 1986
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FAA requires EKG for first-class airmen, certain conditions
The main policy where electrocardiograms (EKGs) are required is in first-class airmen. An EKG is required when a first-class airman turns age 35 and then each year after one turns age 40.
By the way, for you first-class AOPA members out there who must have these EKGs, it is the responsibility of your aviation medical examiner (AME) to be able to interpret the graph or have someone available that can interpret the graph. If there is an abnormality discovered in this process the AME should have you evaluated prior to issuing you your medical certificate. To continue reading…
Dr. Warren Silberman is the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification and a doctor of osteopathic medicine. A pilot since 1986, he is recognized nationally as an expert in aerospace/preventative medicine, and is a regular writer for AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services.