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FAA Medical Certification | Implanted Cardiac Defibrillators
Pilots with implanted defibrillating pacemakers must have the defibrillator turned off and the device must not have fired for at least 2 years. Approval must be accomplished on a case-by-case basis for these devices which are also known as AICD / ICD's or Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators.
Those making application must provide a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation which complies with FAA criteria. Generally speaking, favorable consideration requires that the device be present in a preventive capacity only, that it has NEVER fired and that it was installed at least 2 years before the medical application process. In the majority of FAA approvals, the device was turned completely off or had to be removed.
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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