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How To Pass Your Next FAA Medical

Pre-Exam Checklist


Choosing an AME

Is he/she a pilot?         YES NO
Does he/she perform more than 25 exams per year? YES NO
Is he/she a member of at least one of the following organizations: The Civil Aviation Medical Association, The Aerospace Medical Association, The Experimental Aircraft Association, or The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association? YES NO
If he/she discovers a medical problem, will he/she hold your exam for the allowed 2 weeks in order for your condition to be evaluated by your private physician? YES NO
Will he/she contact the FAA in Oklahoma to obtain special authorization if it will help you? YES NO
If you answered "NO" to more than one question, you may want to find a new AME. YES NO

Before Your FAA Medical Examination

Get plenty of rest  SLEEP HYGIENE
Drink plenty of water the day of the exam.
Avoid foods/beverages with caffeine, sodium or carbohydrates/sugar at least 8 hrs prior.

Vision Testing

Bring glasses/contacts to examination.
Color Vision should be pre-tested to assure success. TAKE PRE-TEST
Distant Vision should be pre-tested to assure success. TAKE PRE-TEST
Near Vision should be pre-tested to assure success. TAKE PRE-TEST

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure should be pre-tested by your private physician to assure success.
Values below 140/90 are preferred.  Readings above 155/95 preclude certification.  Most blood pressure medications are approved.

When B.P. is tested at the AME's office, tell the nurse/physician you want to sit without talking for a few minutes before the test.


Can you hear a soft voice at 6 feet?  If not, get a hearing evaluation from a private physician to establish the loss and the need for a hearing amplification.  Most pilots with minor hearing loss are permitted to use a headset as "amplification". CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO

If your AME uses audiometric equipment, you should be pre-tested to assure success. TAKE PRE-TEST


Your EKG should be pre-tested by your private physician to discover any abnormalities.  Don't let your private physician dismiss "minor" variants of normal.  If ANYTHING is discovered, you should complete an evaluation and obtain documentation of the issue/condition.  CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY

Doctor visits since your last medical or in the last 3 years

If you have been to the doctor for anything other than routine check-ups or general counseling, you should bring documentation to the FAA examination.  In many cases additional information from your specialist is required.  CONTACT US TO ESTABLISH YOUR ELIGIBILITY

Alcohol & Substance Issues

Alcohol and Substance Issues require extensive paperwork.  Contact Us prior to your exam  MORE

Surgeries, procedures, new conditions or medications

If your medications or medical condition has changed since your last exam, you should bring documentation to your FAA examination.  FAA APPROVED MEDICATIONS

Conditions which require Special Issuance / Waiver

If you have a condition which has or will require Special Issuance, you should obtain FAA documentation of pre-approval through Pilot Medical Solutions.

Vitamins, herbal preparations and food supplements

Some herbal preparations can jeopardize your FAA medical examination. 

Contact Pilot Medical Solutions for specific advice.  MORE

Not sure about lab work or other examination requirements?

All parameters evaluated during an FAA examination can be pre-tested privately to assure compliance.  Contact Pilot Medical Solutions for specific advice.

After completing this checklist,
contact Pilot Medical Solutions at 800-699-4457
for a free confidential consultation.



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