What is an FAA medical certificate?

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Every pilot must obtain a medical certificate in order to exercise the privileges of their pilot’s license. There are three classes with different durations:

  • 1st (most stringent, and good for six months),
  • 2nd (good for one year and required for use with a commercial rating), and
  • 3rd (good for three years if you are under 40, two years if 40 or older).

Maintaining a current medical certificate is an absolute requirement to fly, which is why we encourage a healthy lifestyle if you plan to be a pilot. This means no smoking, little to no alcohol consumption, no drug use, healthy diet, regular exercise, and plenty of rest. You should protect your good health at all costs so you will never be subjected to losing your medical certificate.

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You work hard to earn your pilot’s wings, and you want to keep them by keeping your medical certificate valid. This means maintaining a healthy lifestyle to ensure a long and happy career as an airline pilot.

How to get your FAA medical certificate:

First, you must complete the FAA application form. This online registration allows you to lookup the status of your certificate once you have applied.

Whether you’re a student pilot or applying for a first officer position, pay attention to the requirements and disqualifying conditions. You must schedule and pass a medical exam. Once you have received your Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate, note the expiration date and schedule regular renewals so it does not lapse.

You can also contact the Aerospace Medical Certification Division if you have additional questions.

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