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FAA Medical Exam

Ross Medical Group

Family Medicine, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in Miami, FL

Your health is very important when flying an airplane, which is why the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that you complete a medical exam to obtain or maintain your license. Ross Medical Group in Miami has an FAA senior medical examiner on site who can issue your required certificate, including first, second, and third class Pilot Certificates. The specialists also conduct air traffic controller examinations and are consultants for the Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) program. To schedule your FAA medical exam, call the office today or book online.

FAA Medical Exam Q & A

What is an FAA medical exam?

An FAA medical exam is a requirement for most pilots. The purpose of the exam is to ensure that your health won’t place you or anyone else at risk while you’re in the air. You can only obtain your FAA medical exam from an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Ross Medical Group has an FAA senior medical examiner on site who is authorized to conduct the required exam.

During your exam, your AME follows the very specific guidelines of medical standards set by the FAA that include an evaluation of your:

  • Vision, including color and distance
  • Hearing
  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiac health, including an electrocardiogram

The AME also evaluates your mental health and assesses for substance abuse or dependence issues that may impair your ability to safely fly an aircraft.

What are the types of pilot certificates?

There are specific classes of pilot medical certificates based on the type of aviation license you have. The AME at Ross Medical Group offers the medical certificates for each class.

  • First class medical certificate: Airline transport pilot
  • Second class medical certificate: Commercial pilot, flight engineer, or flight navigator
  • Third class medical certificate: Private or recreational pilot

You can only hold the aviation privileges indicated by the class of your medical certificate. Meaning, a third class medical certificate pilot can’t serve as a flight navigator.

What is an air traffic controller examination?

Like pilots, air traffic controllers are also required to undergo an FAA medical examination. The AME at Ross Medical Group also conducts the air traffic controller examination. The air traffic controller receives a second class medical certificate.

You can expect the same thorough medical exam as given to a pilot during your air traffic controller examination.

What is the HIMS program?

The Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) is an occupational substance abuse program for commercial pilots. The goal of the HIMS program is to identify and treat pilots with substance abuse issues so that they can return to flying if deemed safe. Ross Medical Group offers program consultations for HIMS.

When you’re flying, your health is a public safety matter. For your FAA required medical exam, contact Ross Medical Group today or request an appointment online.