FAA Medical | Special Issuance

Pilots with disqualifying medical conditions are often eligible for FAA medical certification waivers through Special Issuance medical certification. The medical certificate typically provides the same authorization but can carry certain limitations such as the date of expiration. Typically this requires extensive documentation and decisions are made on a case by … Read More

Federal Aviation Administration

FAA Policy Update

Federal Aviation Administration

1. Pilots on Coumadin (Anticoagulation therapy)

For applicants who are just beginning Warfarin (Coumadin) treatment the following is required by the FAA:

◦Minimum observation time of 6 weeks after initiation of warfarin therapy;

◦Must also meet any required observation time for the underlying condition; AND

◦6 INRs, no more frequently … Read More

Cardiovascular Issues Pilot Certification

The Heart of a Pilot

If there is one thing on which most pilots agree, it is their disdain for the FAA’s medical requirements. Some tests required by the FAA are invasive and expensive prompting even physicians to balk at the costs of providing flight-fitness proof. Cardiovascular testing is at the forefront of this controversy. … Read More

FAA Aviation Basic Medical Rule

Pilots in Command

pilot in command
Flying in the left seat is where it’s at!

This section is for pilots who want to take back the controls. Leave your comments if you have lost control or have advice to help others.… Read More

Pilot Color Vision

Color Vision issues surprise many would be pilots. For some, private pilot status is all they seek while others are about to start a journey to become a commercial airline pilot. Before the flight physical is completed it’s a good idea to find out if the FAA color vision test … Read More

Diabetes | FAA Medical Certification

The initial presentation of any carbohydrate metabolism disorder requires an evaluation be performed to establish eligibility for certification.  This includes insulin or non-insulin dependant diabetes and the use of any hypoglycemic medication.  FAA evaluations must be accomplished in compliance with specific protocols.

In most cases, an FAA designated Aviation Medical … Read More

COVID-19 Shutdown

COVID-19 — How the Corona Virus Pandemic is helping some pilots despite the virtual worldwide shutdown which has ensued.

The closure of many medical offices and the need for the FAA medical certification division to operate on a skeleton crew has grounded many pilots. Many of the pilots who have … Read More

Government Shutdown

1/4/2018

Although the FAA medical certification branch is virtually closed, many pilots are receiving answers to their aeromedical questions from Pilot Medical Solutions. Due to the government shutdown and furloughs, a large portion of the FAA is shut down including many parts of the Aeromedical Certification Division. The FAA Customer Read More

Wellbutrin XL 300

Psychiatric Conditions | FAA Medical Certification

Wellbutrin XL 300While the FAA does not routinely evaluate the behavioral health of pilots, they do require applicants to voluntarily report all mental issues since birth. Despite widespread miss-interpretation by many pilot associations, the present FAA policy effectively prohibits the use of most psychotropic/mood ameliorating medications.  The FAA does occasionally approves Special … Read More

Google Contact Lens FAA Medical

Google Contact Lens Glucose Sensor FAA Medical

The initial presentation of any carbohydrate metabolism disorder requires an evaluation be performed to establish eligibility for FAA medical certification.   Once approved by the FAA, Insulin Dependant diabetics must monitor glucose levels during flight.

On January 16, 2014, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, released information via Google’s Blog concerning a … Read More