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Under Age 40: 12 months for use as a 1st class
Age 40 and older: 6 months for use as 1st class
12 months for use as 2nd class, regardless of age.
Under 40 years old: 5 years
Age 40 and older: 2 years
1st & 2nd class certificates incrementally degrade over time to the next lower class. E.g. 1st class becomes a 2nd class after 6 months for pilots 40 years or older and then becomes a 3rd class after total of 12 months since issue.
All certificates are valid until the last day of the month in which they were issued. E.g. Certificates issued 03 August are valid until 31 August in two or five years as dictated by the age 40 rule.
Some Special Issuance certificates are valid only for a specified time, such as six months or one year due to desire to have closer follow-up on the medical condition requiring special issuance. These certificates will be labeled with a restriction such as “Not valid for any class after 31 August 2020”
Generally, any medication that has a significant mind altering potential to include sedation, euphoria, interference with balance or ability to make one more vulnerable to vertigo. This would include, categorically, all narcotic pain medicines, many antidepressants, antianxiety, antipsychotic, some antihistamine medications and some medications for gastrointestinal disease.
Authorized: Most medications for hypertension, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, dermatologic conditions, eye problems, arthritis, pulmonary disease, anticoagulants, most antibiotics and hormone therapeutics.
Considerations: The underlying disease or acute illness for which the medications are taken may be more the limiting issue than the medication.
Recommend: Since the above are just broad, nonspecific guidelines, please check with an FAA Medical examiner to ensure a medicine you are prescribed or entertain buying over the counter is approved. Some will be absolutely unauthorized others may only require a time interval between ingestion and flight. Some may pose an adverse interaction with an approved medication you are already taking. Do not hesitate to me with specific questions about medications.
Office: 253 455 5511
There are two excellent programs now available:
FAA’s MedXpress program. After registration, this allows you to complete your application for airman medical certificate on line, saving you time at the exam office. After you complete this on line form you will be given a confirmation number – just take this number to your FAA Medical Examiner’s office and he can download the completed form. You will then have the opportunity to change items previously entered as you wish. It will also facilitate future exams, as the previously submitted information will be there for your submission unchanged or with necessary updates. This on-line form is valid for 60 days, if you do not obtain your flight physical exam in the 60 day time frame, you must re-register.
TurboMedical is a helpful guide in completing your application offered by the AOPA on their web site. This is an excellent program that gives you a practice run in filling out the application, complete with prompts and helpful guidance. You must be as AOPA member to use this service. The TurboMedical form you complete on line is not directly transmitted to the FAA, as is MedXpress, but you can bring the completed form to the AME office. This will preclude having to fill out another form at the office.
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