All pilots (except sport pilots) must possess a valid medical certificate in order to exercise the privileges of their airman certificates. The periodic medical examinations required for medical certificates are conducted by FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiners, who are physicians with special training in aviation medicine.
Most flight schools will require you to have at a minimum of a second-class medical, however, we suggest you apply for a first class medical if you have a dream with the Commercial Airlines. Don’t count yourself out if you have a medical concern, reach out to an AME and you may be able to attain a waiver or a limitation on your certificate.
**THIS IS IMPORTANT**
Classes of Medical Certificates
Do not withhold anything from the medical examiners as you may lose, and have to repeat, any certificates earned if a medical condition is uncovered at a later date.
Find an Aviation Medical Examiner near you.
You need to find an AME near you. Visit Find an AME. Call and schedule an appointment, depending on your area, you may have to wait for an appointment.
FAA Medical Standards
If you have known medical conditions, we recommend you look at the Medical Standards. Don’t get scared off, you will have a chance to explain your circumstances, everyone is different. Please understand that the FAA is just trying to keep you and everyone else safe by allowing you to fly or not fly.
Apply for a FAA Medical Certificate
Prior to your appointment with the AME, you need to apply for a Medical Certificate. Visit FAA MedXPress and request an account and follow their prompts. They recently made this system easier and more user-friendly to apply. Once complete with the application you will receive a PIN.
**KEEP YOUR PIN**.
You will give this PIN to your AME, and they will pull up your application BEFORE it is sent to the FAA and confirm all the information you input and answer any remaining questions or concerns you have.
General Flight School Requirements
You MUST obtain at least a Second Class Medical Certificate to attend most Colleges and Flight Schools. We recommend you apply for a First Class Medical if you intend on going into a career with the airlines.
This will ensure you are able to obtain a First Class Medical prior to reaching that point with the expectation there are minimal medical changes in the interim.