The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides for three classes of airman medical certificates:
This medical is for the Airline Transport Pilot, valid 12 months if you are under age 40, and 6 months for pilots age 40 and above.
For the Commercial Pilot to fly for hire, valid 12 months.
For the Private Pilot, valid 60 months if you are under age 40, and 24 months for pilots age 40 and above.
You can find detailed information regarding the requirements for each class of medical in the digital FAR/AIM available for your iPad or iPhone.
FAA Medical Examiners
Today you have many options for where you can get your medical examination done.
Use the link below to find an FAA-designated aviation medical examiner (AME).
Worldwide Aviation Medical Examiners.
FAA Medical Application
Before you schedule an appointment with an AME, you must first create an account through MedXPress and fill out the online application form.
MedXPress system login.
On this site you can also download a user guide in PDF format for a step-by-step explanation of the complete process.
If you are just starting to fly, be sure to select Airman Medical & Student Pilot Certificate at the beginning of your application.
After successful submission, a confirmation number will be emailed to you. Your AME will need this number prior to your exam in order to retrieve your application and to complete the certification process, so bring it with you.
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