Get Your FAA Medical Certificate First – Problems With Waiting

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the FAA medical when someone is learning about what it takes to become a pilot. This article is intended to answer all your questions. Questions such as:

What is an FAA Medical
What type do I need
What do I need to pass one
How often do I need to get one
Where do I get one
How much does it cost

Let’s get started…

What is an FAA Medical?

Under the Federal Aviation Regulations, pilots are required to meet certain medical requirements. Depending on what type of pilot you are, you will need to pass a certain type of medical exam. fake mc malaysia

What type of FAA Medical do I need?

There are three types of medical certificates:

First Class – for airline pilots
Second Class – for pilots who get paid for flying, but not necessarily as an airline pilot
Third Class – for private pilots and recreational pilots

What do I need to pass an FAA medical?

The FAR’s (Federal Aviation Regulations) list the requirements for each type of Medical Certificate. You can find these on the FAA website as well.

Here is a summary of what you need depending on the type of medical you need:

NOTE: this is just a quick overview, you should read the full Federal Aviation Regulations, or FAR’s, for more detailed information.

Medical Requirements overview
Eye – With or without corrective lenses, distant Vision 20/20 (for First & Second Class), distant vision 20/40 (for Third Class), near vision 20/40

Ear, Nose, Throat, Equilibrium – demonstrate acceptable hearing, no disease that affects equilibrium

Mental – no personality disorders, psychosis, delusions, bipolar disorders, or substance abuse

Neurologic – no epilepsy, disturbance of consciousness, transient loss of control of nervous system, seizures

Cardiovascular – no heart attacks, heart disease, angina pectoris, or pacemakers

General – no diabetes, or anything else the examiner thinks will make you an unsafe pilot

So what happens if you are denied a medical certificate?

If you have reason to believe that your application should not have been denied, you can appeal. The process is lengthy and may take several months (as does anything with the FAA). FAR 67.409 talks about the appeal process.


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