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Medical Certificate Questions For Pilot Students

Medical Certificate Questions For Pilot Students

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 on a form prescribed by the Administrator.” The primary goal of the airman medical certification program 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 a 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 personal possession at all times when exercising the privileges for which they are licensed.

Who must hold a Medical Certificate?

Any person exercising the privileges 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 if serving as a required pilot flight crewmember), flight engineer certificate, flight navigator certificate, or student pilot certificate. Except for a person employed by the FAA, a branch of the military services or the Coast Guard, a person acting as an air traffic control tower operator also must hold a medical certificate.

What medical conditions does the FAA consider disqualifying?

The following conditions are listed in the regulations as disqualifying medical conditions; however, in many cases when the condition is adequately controlled, the FAA will issue medical certification contingent on periodic reports.

  • Angina pectoris
  • Bipolar disease
  • Cardiac valve replacement
  • Coronary heart disease that has been treated or, if untreated, that has been symptomatic or clinically significant
  • Diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medications
  • Disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of cause
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart replacement
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Permanent cardiac pacemaker
  • Personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts
  • Psychosis
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance dependence
  • Transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.

Other conditions not specifically listed in the regulations are also disqualifying. For further information refer to the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners.

What are the minimum and maximum ages for obtaining a medical certificate?

There are no minimum or maximum ages for obtaining a medical certificate. Any applicant who is able to pass the exam may be issued a medical certificate.

However, since 16 years is the minimum age for a student pilot certificate, people under 16 are unlikely to have practical use for an airman medical certificate.

To obtain a medical certificate you must be examined by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).

What does it cost to get a medical certificate?

The FAA does not set fees for the performance of the medical exam and issuance of the medical certificate. Aviation Medical Examiners are allowed to charge the applicant appropriately, as long as it is not more than the usual fee for similar examinations for other purposes. If you are concerned about the cost of the exam, please discuss this with the doctor you are thinking about seeing. The FAA has no additional fees above what the physician charges.

FAA Aeromedical Training Programs for Civil Aviation Pilots

Physiological Training Course.
The FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) offers a 1-day training course to familiarize U.S. civil aviation pilots and flight crews with the physiological and psychological stresses of flight.

Why Is Training Necessary?

Pilots who are knowledgeable about physiological phenomena encountered in the aviation environment are better prepared to deal with such potentially fatal inflight events as:

  • loss of cabin pressure
  • hypoxia
  • spatial disorientation
  • trapped gas problems
  • decompression sickness
  • acceleration forces leading to gray-out, black-out, or even unconsciousness
  • noise, vibration, and thermal stress
  • self-imposed stresses that can magnify any of the above physiological events.
Flying Above 10,000 Feet?

Th e U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Part 61.31 (g)(1-3) prescribes the knowledge and skill requirements for the various airman certificates and ratings. Several civil aviation airframes are capable of flight in the high-altitude environment. Pilots operating aircraft in the high-altitude environment must receive certain knowledge in the critical factors regarding the physiological aspects of flight operations. For these reasons, CAMI offers physiological training for civil aviation pilots, FAA fl ight crews, and FAA aviation medical examiners at our facilities in Oklahoma City, Okla. In addition to the basic academic contents, this course offers practical demonstrations of rapid decompression (8,000 to 18,000 feet AGL), hypoxia (25,000 feet AGL), and visual acuity (18,000 feet AGL) in a hypobaric (altitude) chamber or the ability to experience hypoxia in a normobaric hypoxia training device that simulates altitude by reducing oxygen percentage without reducing atmospheric pressure. Also included in this course is a safe, practical demonstration of spatial disorientation in the General Aviation Spatial Disorientation Demonstrator.

SOURCE-FAA Aviation Safety Courses

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