Aviation Medical Certification
The answer is “no”. Many FAA Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) wear two hats. One hat is worn while functioning as a contracted designee for the FAA. The other hat is worn as the pilot’s Primary Care Physician (PCP).
As a pilot’s PCP, the physician has no obligation to report any particular health issue. The responsibility and liability for reporting to the FAA resides strinctly with the airman.
One exception would be if the physician became aware of an illegal activity that threatened the safety of the pilot and its passengers.
The FAA encourages AMEs to be user friendly, and to assist pilots when necessary, even when the certification process is not straight forward. However, as in any business, some examiners are more helpful than others.
Don’t be afraid to ask your AME which side of the fence they are on. Trust is a key part of any relationship, and having that trust with an AME goes a long way to having them be your advocate when issues arise, as there surely will.
Meet Dr. Greenblatt, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)
In addition to his role as an AME, Dr. Larry is passionate about keeping pilots healthy and flying. He provides consultations, assisting pilots with their special issuances and other health related matters, and he advocates for pilots directly with the FAA.
To schedule an appointment or make an inquiry, call our office at the number above or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class I: for commercial airline transport pilots
Class II: for commercial pilots
Class III: for student, recreational or private pilots
Length of Certification:
Class I: 12 months if younger than 40 at time of evaluation; 6 months if 40 or older
Class II: 12 calendar months
Class III: 60 months if younger than 40 at time of evaluation; 24 months if 40 or older