CLASSES OF MEDICAL CERTIFICATES:
With the exception of the Sport Pilot Certificate, an FAA Medical is required to exercise the privileges of your flight certificate. The class of medical certificate for which an individual applies will be issued if the applicant possesses the required medical qualifications. Regardless of whether an applicant holds an airman certificate that permits the exercise of a high level of airman duties, it is only necessary for the applicant to have a medical certificate of a class appropriate to the airman privileges exercised. For example, an airman who holds an ATP certificate may pilot aircraft while holding only a third-class medical certificate as long as flying activities are limited to those authorized for Private Pilots. Also, an applicant need not hold an ATP airman certificate to be eligible for a first- class medical certificate. All FAA medicals must be issued by an FAA Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Click here to view a series of medical presentations.
Listed below are the three classes of airman medical certificates and, with each, the categories of airmen requiring such a medical certificate in order to exercise their privileges.
First-Class – Airline Transport Pilot
Glider and Free Balloon Pilots are not required to hold a medical certificate of any class. To be issued Glider or Free Balloon Airman Certificate, the applicant must certify that he or she has no known physical defect that makes him or her unable to pilot a glider or free balloon.
Sport Pilots are not required to hold a medical certificate of any class (provided the individual’s most recent application for an FAA medical certificate was not denied, revoked, suspended or withdrawn). They must carry a valid US driver’s license as photo ID. A student pilot training for the Sport Pilot Certificate must obtain a Student Pilot Certificate prior to solo flight. This certificate may be issued by the local Flight Standard District Office (FISO) or an FAA Designated Flight Examiner.
VALIDITY OF MEDICAL CERTIFICATES:
First-Class Medical Certificate:
Second-Class Medical Certificate:
Third-Class Medical Certificate:
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