FAA Physicals

What is the Federal Aviation Administration?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the national aviation authority of the United States. Responsible for civil aviation safety, the Federal Aviation Administration was originally known as the Federal Aviation Agency. In 1966, due to President Johnson’s concerns about a lack of a coordinated transportation system, Congress authorized the creation of the Department of Transportation (DOT). When the DOT began operations on April 1, 1967, the Federal Aviation Agency became the Federal Aviation Administration and has conducted business under that name since.

“Thanks to the work of FAA, over the past 50 years aviation have become central to the way we live and do business, linking people from coast to coast and connecting America to the world. In fact, FAA has created the safest, most reliable, most efficient, and most productive air transportation system in the world.” – www.faa.gov

What is a medical certificate?

Under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a medical certificate as “acceptable evidence of physical fitness of a form prescribed by the Administrator.” The primary goal is to protect not only those who would exercise the privileges of a pilot certificate but also air travelers and the general public.

A person who meets FAA airmen medical standards, based on the medical examination and an evaluation of medical history, is entitled to a medical certificate without restriction or limitation other than the prescribed limitation as to its duration. Individuals required to hold a medical certificate must have it in their possession at all times when exercising the privileges which they are licensed.

You must be examined by a FAA – designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) www.faa.gov

Who must hold a medical certificate?

Any person exercising privileges of any of any of the following certificates: airline transport pilot certificate, commercial pilot certificate, private pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate, flight instructor certificate(when acting as pilot in command serving as a required pilot flight crew member), flight engineer certificate, flight navigator certificate or student pilot certificate. People exercising private pilot privileges under Basic Med (or exercising any pilot privilege in a balloon or glider) are not required to hold a medical certificate. – www.faa.gov

Looking for an AME?

Advanced Health Services offers Dr. Pamela Rizza as certified Aviation Medical examiner (AME). She is able to perform 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class physicals as wells as physicals for student pilots. We also offer electrocardiograms (EKG) testing in our clinic that we can upload to the FAA. At AHS we pride ourselves in having a physician and staff who are knowledgeable of the Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations and are able to provide you with the necessary testing and care to complete your physical.

Our physicals last between 30-45 minutes and include the following tests:

  • Urine Analysis
  • Audiometer
  • Vision Screening
  • Color Blindness Screening
  • Biometric and Vital Signs
  • Sleep Apnea Screening
  • EKG (if required based on class of physical).

Prior to your appointment

  • Complete the medxpress online at https://medxpress.faa.gov
  • You must complete items 1-20 of the FAA form 8500-8. Pilots need only a valid email address to create a MedXpress account
  • Bring your medxpress number that is generated after completing the 8500-8 form with you to your appointment.
  • Bring a list of all of your current medications.

Upon completion of the physical all results are uploaded to the FAA’s secure website. If you have any questions regarding these physicals please contact Advanced Health Services at (913)360-5829 or visit www.faa.gov.