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 Service line for pilots is unavailable but contrary to some reports, the FAA Medical certification division is not completely shut down. It is true that only “essential” FAA personnel are on duty. We estimate that the backlog of medical appeal cases is accruing at a rate of 50-60 cases per day. The holidays and weather have also caused closure. Ice and snow in OKC forced a complete closure of the aeronautical campus for multiple days. While FAA Medexpress is not shutdown, unfortunately several pilots have chosen to submit an application hoping to determine their eligibility. We do not recommend this. Pilots who wish to know if their condition or medication are acceptable to the FAA should take a confidential practice FAA medical exam at: leftseat.com/evaluations or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions concerning your case or your FAA medical certification eligibility contact us at 405-787-0303.