This chart explains the specific medical certificate requirements for each pilot type:
|Medical Certificate||Class III|
2 years if age 40 or older;
5years if less than 40 at exam
|Distant Vision||20/40 in each eye with or without correction|
|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.|
|ENT||No disease causing vertigo or disturbance of speech or equilibrium.|
*Updated March 2017
AOPA’s Medical Certification specialists are available to assist you with questions regarding obtaining medicals or waivers. Call 800-USA-AOPA or log on to the AOPA website to chat with a representative. AOPA also provides up-to-date information on allowed/disallowed medications for pilots who hold FAA-issued medical certificates.
Learn more about the medical certificate process as well as your options in the case of a revoked, suspended, or denied medical certificate.Once you have obtained medical clearance to fly, you can begin your actual flight training.