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Note For Private Pilots:
BasicMed  providers an alternative to the Class Three Medical.  These  regulations went into effect  May 1, 2017 and most private pilots can use this option if they wish.  The conventional Class Three Medical continues to be available and remains unchanged. 

To make your Airman Medical Examination (AME) appointment with me as productive as possible the following recommendations will prove helpful.

 

Before you come

 

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Try to make an appointment for early in the month that your certificate expires.  This allows for unexpected schedule changes, and on rare occasions the FAA web site is down during which times I cannot issue any certificates. When making an appointment please tell the scheduler if you need an EKG so extra time can be allotted. 

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The FAA requires that the application for an airman medical certificate be completed online at Medxpress.faa.gov.  The application requests the date of your last FAA Medical Exam and this information is at the  FAA's Airman Inquiry Page.  After the application is accepted you will receive a confirmation number, and bring this with you when you come in to my office.  If you do not have this number I cannot access your medical history or complete the exam  It is not necessary, but if you can bring in a printed copy of your Medxpress medical history form please do so. Be aware that the FAA downloads this page as a .pdf file. Some browsers save these files automatically so if you are using a public computer do not request the download.  After the application is accepted you will receive a confirmation number, and you need to bring this with you when you come in to my office.  If you do not have this number I cannot access your medical history or complete the exam

 

When you come in for the appointment you will need

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     A government issued picture ID


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    Your Confirmation number from Medxpress


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    Bring in any glasses.  If you wear contacts bring your case and cleaning solution as the FAA requires that the uncorrected visual acuity be recorded for all classes


 

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     If you have correspondence from the FAA such as a Special Issuance (SI) Letter bring that plus the medical reports referenced in your SI  letter.


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    I f you have a Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) bring a copy and the referenced medical information.


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    There are conditions which allow an AME to issue a medical certificate if you meet certain parameters.  This program is called  Conditions AMEs Can Issue  (CACI)If you have one of these conditions I may be able to  issue the certificate at the time of your initial  visit if you have the needed medical information from your treating physician. 
    
     If you have any questions call me (302) 422-3034.  There is no charge for a brief telephone consultation.


After the exam one of the following will occur

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      1. Most applicants will receive their certificate at the time of the exam.  This is our goal and will be facilitated by being sure the above suggestions are followed.

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      2.  My decision is held in abeyance at the time of the exam.  This usually occurs when a new problem is found during the exam, or when an applicant does not bring in required updates for a medical condition that the FAA is aware of.  The FAA has a two week  time frame between when I see you and when I must transmit my findings to the FAA.  Once I receive the medical information that the FAA requires for certification within the two weeks I can issue your certificate if the FAA medical requirements are met.  If this does not occur, I must defer the decision to the FAA. 

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he next step is after you have the needed information is for you to send it directly to the FAA..  Include your name, date of birth, and the PI Number if the FAA has assigned you one.  I recommend that you retain copies and send everything together via registered mail receipt requested.  If you do not send anything or it is incomplete you will receive a letter from the FAA stipulating what information they need to make a decision.  Once they have received your completed medical record they will review it and either mail out your certificate, ask for further information, or issue a denial letter.  When this procedure is followed most airman are able to be certified and most denial letters are due to the FAA not receiving the requested information.

      Do not send me, or have your physician send me, your medical information. Once I defer the certificate I cannot issue it and so I have to resend  the information to the FAA.  This extra step of sending me your information as opposed to sending it to the FAA delays the process.  


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      3.  At the time of the exam I defer issuance of the certificate to the FAA.  This usually occurs when there are substantive findings made at the time of the exam, if you have a condition not covered by CACI, or if  you have not received a Special Issuance Authorization for your condition.  After my deferral you will receive a letter from the FAA stipulating what medical reports are required.   Bring this letter to your physician, and when you have all the information make copies and  send it directly to the FAA via registered mail receipt requested. Include your name, date of birth, and the PI Number if the FAA has assigned you one. When these steps are followed most airman are able to be certified and most denial letters are due to the FAA not receiving the requested information. 

     
Do not send me, or have your physician send me, your medical information. Once I defer the certificate I cannot issue it and so I have to resend your  information to the FAA.  This extra step of sending me your information as opposed to sending it to the FAA delays the process. 


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     4. At times I may call the FAA directly when there is an unusual situation or technicality, and may receive authorization to issue your certificate. 


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     5.  A denial letter is issued by me:  This is exceeding rare but can be done in a situation where no type of certification is possible by any stretch of the imagination, such as for an applicant with well documented, recurrent, ongoing seizures.


Note:   

        Whatever action an AME takes it is subject to review by the FAA.  If you receive a letter from them it is usually for further information and it is important to respond.   If you do not you may receive a second letter asking for the return of your certificate. 



Additional Information: 

    Complete information  on the Medical Certification process is at  the  FAA  medical certification  web pages

       The Airplane Owner's and Pilot Association (AOPA) has the Pilot 's Guide  to Medical Certification.  It   provides information about the medical certification process and it is available to non-members. 


        Fees:


For all FAA services our office only accepts cash or checks, and we do not accept credit cards.  Payment must be made at the time of service, and a receipt will always be provided.

 

Telephone calls:   There is no charge for brief clarifications or questions
 

1st Class:  $105  

1st  Class + EKG:  $200  

2nd Class:  $100

3rd Class:   $95

AASI without exam:    $55  

AASI with the exam is the exam cost plus:    $45.  

CACI fees are the exam cost plus between $25 and $50 depending on the amount of extra work required.

HIMS services and medical ceetification for individuals taking anti-depressants determined on a case by case basis.  

Last revision date: June 30, 2017