To obtain a medical certificate you must be examined by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). As the airman you should follow these steps to apply for and obtain your medical certificate:

Use MedXPress, to complete the initial portion of the application.
Schedule an appointment with the AME of your choosing.

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.

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Louisville Aviation’s AME

Dr. David Hiestand has been an aviation medical examiner since 2012.  His background and training are in internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine.  He currently holds a private pilot certificate, but spent most of his adult life as a student pilot.  He has worked in both private practice and academic medicine, and currently works full time as a medical director for a managed care organization.  He  performs 2nd or 3rd class examinations on weekends and evenings at the convenience of the airman.

Price Breakdown

1st Class Examination $150
Electrocardiogram $75
2nd Class Examination $125
3rd Class Examination $100

FAA Medical Certificates – How Long are they Valid?

Class 1 (6 – 12 months)

A first-class airman medical certificate is required to exercise the privileges of an airline transport pilot certificate.

BY THE BOOK: A FIRST CLASS MEDICAL CERTIFICATE IS VALID FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH OF ISSUE; PLUS:

    • 6 calendar months for operations requiring a first class medical certificate if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 12-calendar months for operations requiring a first-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination, or

REVERTING FROM 1ST TO LOWER CLASS:

    • 12 calendar months for operations requiring a second class medical certificate, or
    • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination.

 

Class 2 (12 months)

A second-class airman medical certificate is required for commercial, non-airline duties (e.g., for crop dusters, corporate pilots). Those exercising the privileges of a flight engineer certificate, a flight navigator certificate, or acting as air traffic control tower operator must hold a second-class airman medical certificate.

BY THE BOOK: A SECOND CLASS MEDICAL CERTIFICATE IS VALID FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH OF ISSUE; PLUS:

    • 12 calendar months for operations requiring a second class medical certificate, or

REVERTING FROM 2ND TO LOWER CLASS:

    • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate, if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination.

 

Class 3 (24-60 months)

A third-class airman medical certificate is required to exercise the privileges of a private pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate, a flight instructor certificate, or a student pilot certificate.

BYTHE BOOK: A THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL CERTIFICATE IS VALID FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH OF ISSUE; PLUS:

    • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate, if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination.

 

Who must hold an FAA Medical Certificate?

Any person acting as pilot-in-command or other required crewmember of an aircraft (except for free balloons, gliders, and ultralights) must hold a current and appropriate medical certificate. This includes student pilots in solo flight as well as private, commercial, and airline pilots.

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