Synopsis of FAA Medical Standards, AME Guide

Certificate Class

Pilot Type

Airline Transport
DISTANT VISION 20/20 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction. 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction.
NEAR VISION 20/40 or better in each eye separately (Snellen equivalent), with or without correction, as measured at 16 inches.
20/40 or better in each eye separately (Snellen equivalent), with or without correction at age 50 and over, as measured at 32 inches. No requirement.
COLOR VISION Ability to perceive those colors necessary for safe performance of airmen duties.
HEARING Demonstrate hearing of an average conversational voice in a quiet room, using both ears at 6 feet, with the back turned to the examiner OR pass one of the audiometric tests below or:
PULSE Not disqualifying per se. Used to determine cardiac system status and responsiveness.
BLOOD PRESSURE No specified values stated in the standards. Current guideline maximum is 155/95.
AUDIOLOGY Audiometric speech discrimination test: (Score at least 70% discrimination in one ear) or:

Pure tone audiometric test: Unaided, with thresholds no worse than:
500Hz 1,000Hz 2,000Hz 3,000Hz 
Better Ear         35Db     30Db     30Db     40Db
Worst Ear         35Db     50Db     50Db     60Db

EAR, NOSE, THROAT No ear disease or condition manifested by, or that may reasonably be expected to be manifested by, vertigo or a disturbance of speech or equilibrium.
ELECTRO-CARDIOGRAM At age 35 & annually after age 40. Not routinely required.
MENTAL No diagnosis of psychosis, or bipolar disorder, or severe personality disorders.
SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE & SUBSTANCE ABUSE A diagnosis or medical history of substance dependence is disqualifying unless there is established clinical evidence, satisfactory to the Federal Air Surgeon, of recovery, including sustained total abstinence from the substance(s) for not less than the preceding 2 years. A history of substance abuse within the preceding 2 years is disqualifying. Substance includes alcohol and other drugs (i.e., PCP, sedatives and hynoptics, anxiolytics, marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, hallucinogens, and other psychoactive drugs or chemicals).
Airman with these conditions may still be eligible for “Special Issuance” of a medical certificate.
Unless otherwise directed by the FAA, the Examiner must deny or defer if the applicant has a history of: (1) Diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medication; (2) Angina pectoris; (3) Coronary heart disease that has been treated or, if untreated, that has been symptomatic or clinically significant; (4) Myocardial infarction; (5) Cardiac valve replacement; (6) Permanent cardiac pacemaker; (7) Heart replacement; (8) Psychosis; (9) Bipolar disorder; (10) Personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts; (11) Substance dependence; (12) Substance abuse; (13) Epilepsy; (14) Disturbance of consciousness and without satisfactory explanation of cause, and (15) Transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.

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8500-8 Airman Medical Application    HTML Version
acrobat document 8060-68 FAA Medical Records Request
acrobat document 8060-69 Send FAA Medical Records to a 3rd Party
acrobat document ATCMED ATC Aviation Medical Standards
acrobat document BasicMed BasicMed Physician Evaluation Form
8500-11 Neurological Evaluation Specification Form
Additional FAA Neurological Evaluation Specifications
8500-14 FAA Glaucoma Evaluation Specifications
8500-19 FAA Cardiovascular Evaluation Specifications Revised 11/4/02
CHD Coronary Heart Disease Revised 11/4/02
Pacer FAA Pacemaker Insertion Specifications Revised 11/4/02
Valve Heart Valve Replacement Revised 11/4/02
Stent Heart Stent Implantation Revised 11/4/02
8500-20 FAA Medical Exemption Petition Questionnaire
MFT FAA Medical Flight Test
HIV FAA HIV Protocol
IDDM Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus
NIDDM Non-Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus
HTN Hypertension FAA blood pressure standards
Psychiatric FAA Psychiatric / Psychological Specifications
Eye Surgery Laser Eye Surgery (FAA CAMI)
RK/LASIK RK and Laser Surgery (Federal Air Surgeon Bulletin)
Sleep Sleep Disorders
2009-0773 FAA Notice – Antidepressant (SSRI’s) considered
Standards FAA Medical Standards Outline
AME AASI AME Assisted Special Issuance Cover Sheet
Substance Substance Abuse Protocol
AME- ADD Additional Information / Attaching Records to Exam
Report DUI FAA Alcohol related actions/convictions reporting
Stress Test FAA Treadmill Stress Testing Protocol
acrobat document 8500-7 Vision Evaluation
Med-FAR’s Part 61- Federal Aviation Regulations
Med-FAR’s Part 67- Federal Aviation Regulations
Med-FAR’s Part 91- Federal Aviation Regulations
AIM Airman Information Manual
8710-1 FAA Airman Rating Application
8060-56 FAA Application for Certificate Replacement
8060-71 FAA Application / Verification of Foreign License or Certificate
8500-2 Aviation Medical Examiner Application
word document Customs Customs 178 Word Format / Arrival Report
excel document Customs Customs 178 Excel Format
Customs Customs 442 / GA Telephonic Entry
word document CanPass Canadian Custom Application Form
Chg. ADD Change of Address         Submit Online
8710-10 FAA Designated Pilot Examiner Application
Change ID FAA Change Airman Identification Number
Chg. Name FAA Change Airman Name Form
HTML Airmarshal Federal Air Marshal Application FAA form 59569
7480-1 FAA Landing Area Proposal Notice
Pilots NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System
Controllers NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System
Mechanics NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System
html document NOTAM’s Current Notices To Airmen
word document Security FAA Security Statement Form
SELCAL Selective Calling Application / Aeronautical Radio, Inc.
word document Waiver#1 FAA Flight Waiver Form 1
word document Waiver#2 FAA Flight Waiver Form 2
7162A FAA Experimental Petition Form 7162A

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