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FAA Medical Certification | CAD WAIT REDUCED
Pilots with some heart conditions may now be considered earlier for Special Issuance FAA medical certification. The mandatory wait-time for some applicants with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is shorter than was previously required.
Please read carefully because, like many of the FAA’s medical policies, this is a complicated protocol and does NOT include all CAD applicants.
Before this change, any applicant with CAD was required to wait six (6) months prior to requesting Special Issuance waivers.
The FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine,
the wait to 3 months for CAD applicants who have undergone Percutaneous
Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) balloon procedure and / or Stent
Implantation, provided that the applicant does NOT have disease in the Left Main
The FAA will now also allow First (Class 1) and Second (Class 2)
medical applicants with CAD to maintain their FAA Medical with only standard
(EKG Stress Test) instead of the current policy which required a Nuclear
Treadmill Stress Test every other year. This is only for renewals of Class
1 and Class 2 airmen and does not apply to initial applications for Special
After the waiting period, pilot applicants must apply for Special Issuance of an Airmen Medical Certificate. Eligibility is determined by compliance with FAA criteria which is detailed in a comprehensive FAA protocol. Decisions are made by the FAA on a case by case basis.
Authorization must be obtained from the Aeromedical Certification Division of the FAA in Oklahoma City. Aviation Medical Examiners (AME's) cannot approve certification and must defer your application to Oklahoma City FAA. The deferral process usually takes a minimum of 4-6 months without our service.
Pilot Medical Solutions has helped thousands of pilots with the waiver process. We work directly with your physicians and the FAA to assure compliance with FAA medical protocols and to resolve complex aeromedical certification issues quickly.
Contact us at 800-699-4457 or
via E-Mail to confidentially discuss the
details of your case and to establish your eligibility for FAA medical certification.
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