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Types Of Medical Certificates For Different Pilot Licenses

Types Of Medical Certificates For Different Pilot LicensesIn the United States, there are three classes of medical certifications for pilots; such certificates are required to legally exercise the privileges of a Private, Commercial or ATP pilot licenses. Medical Certificates are not needed for Glider, Balloon, Recreational or Sport Pilot certifications. Each certificate must be issued by a doctor approved by the FAA to a person of stable physical and mental health.

The 3 kinds of Medial Certificates

Third Class Medical Certificate: necessary to exercise the privileges of a Private Pilot License or certificate. You can also exercise the privileges of a recreational pilot certificate, student pilot certificate, or flight instructor certificate with this medical certification. In the United States, it expires after 60 calendar months for someone under the age of forty years, or 24 calendar months for someone over forty.

Second Class Medical Certificate: necessary to exercise the privileges of a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) In the United States, it expires after 12 calendar months.

First Class Medical Certificate: necessary to exercise the privileges of an ATP license. In the United States, it expires after (12 calendar months Under 40) (6 months over 40) for those operations requiring a First-Class Medical Certificate; 12 calendar months for those operations requiring only a Second-Class Medical Certificate; or 24 or 36 calendar months, as set forth in 61.23, for those operations requiring only a Third-Class Medical Certificate.

When a certificate is expired, it may still be used to exercise the privileges of the highest level that would not yet have expired. For example, a nine month old American first class certificate could be used as a second class certificate.
To obtain a medical certificate you must be examined by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).
At your scheduled appointment, the AME will complete your medical examination and the remainder of the FAA application form. If you meet the required medical standards, the AME will issue you a medical certificate.

Validity of Medical Certificates
First-Class Medical Certificate:

A first-class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue; plus

  • 6 calendar months for activities requiring a first-class medical certificate, or plus
  • 12 calendar months for activities requiring a second-class medical certificate, or plus
  • 24 calendar months for activities requiring a third-class medical certificate (age 40 or older), or plus
  • 60 calendar months for activities requiring a third-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached his or her 40th birthday on or before the date of examination.*

Second-Class Medical Certificate:

A second-class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue; plus

  • 12 calendar months for activities requiring a second-class medical certificate, or plus
  • 24 calendar months for activities requiring a third-class medical certificate (age 40 or older), or plus
  • 60 calendar months for activities requiring a third-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached his or her 40th birthday on or before the date of examination.*

Third-Class Medical Certificate:

A third-class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue; plus

  • 24 calendar months for activities requiring a third-class medical certificate (age 40 or older), or plus
  • 60 calendar months for activities requiring a third-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached his or her 40th birthday on or before the date of examination.*

*Each medical certificate must bear the same date as the date of medical examination regardless of the date the certificate is actually issued.

Note:

Flight Outside the Airspace of the United States of America (U.S.A.)

A pilot who is issued a medical certificate under the age of 40 may not exercise the privileges of a private pilot certificate outside the U.S.A. after the 24 months of validity of that medical certificate except as permitted by a foreign country(s) where the flight occurs. The maximum validity of a private pilot medical certificate is 24 months under the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Source

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