1. How often do I need to renew my medical certificate? 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, or12-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, or12 calendar months for operations requiring a second class medical certificate, or24 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, or60 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.
2. 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. 1. Angina pectoris 2. Bipolar disease 3. Cardiac valve replacement 4. Coronary heart disease that has been treated or, if untreated, that has been symptomatic or clinically significant 5. Diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medications 6. Disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of cause 7. Epilepsy 8. Heart replacement 9. Myocardial infarction 10. Permanent cardiac pacemaker 11. Personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts
12. Psychosis 13. Substance abuse 14. Substance dependence 15. Transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.
3. 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.
4. When do I need to have an EKG? EKG’s are required initially at age 35 and older, annually after age 40.
6. Do I need to fill out my FAA form online now? I always filled it out in the office before.
The FAA has made it mandatory for ALL pilots to fill out their FAA forms online before they can go for their physical. The process is quite easy and it only takes a few minutes to fill out. You can go to the website where you will register and fill out the form. Upon completion you will be given a confirmation number that you must bring in in order for us to look you up in the system.