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FAA Medical Certification | Heart Transplants
Pilots with heart transplants may now be considered for Special Issuance FAA medical certification.
The FAA has approved a few pilots with heart transplants. Previously, airmen who had received a heart transplant were permanently grounded, however, airmen seeking certification after a heart transplant may now be considered one year after their transplant.
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.
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