Comparison of Classes of Medical Standards

Medical Certificate Class I Class II Class III
Type Pilot Airline Transport Commercial Private, Student,
Recreational
Duration 6 months if age 40 or older;
12 months if under age 40
12 months 2 years if age 40 or older;
5 years if less than 40 at exam
Distant Vision 20/20 in each eye, with or without correction 20/40 in each eye with
or without correction
Intermediate Vision
32 inches-panel
50 years and older
20/40 with or without
correction
50 years and older
20/40 with or without
correction
N/A
Near Vision 16 inches 20/40 in each eye, with or without correction
Color Vision Colors necessary for safe performance of airman duties
Hearing Conversational voice at 6 feet with both ears, or audiometry
Blood Pressure No standard. If medication required, will need cardiovascular workup.
Current guideline maximum is 155/95.
EKG Electrocardiogram At age 35,
and yearly after 40
N/A N/A
ENT No disease causing vertigo or disturbance of speech or equilibrium

Updated October 27, 2009