Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification

Applicant History
Items 1-2. Application For, Class of Medical Certificate Applied For

The applicant indicates the class of medical certificate desired. The class of medical certificate sought by the applicant is needed so that the appropriate medical standards may be applied. The class of certificate issued must correspond with that for which the applicant has applied.

The applicant may ask for a medical certificate of a higher class than needed for the type of flying or duties currently performed. For example, an aviation student may ask for a first-class medical certificate to see if he or she qualifies medically before entry into an aviation career. A recreational pilot may ask for a first- or second-class medical certificate if they desire.

The Examiner applies the standards appropriate to the class sought, not to the airman's duties - either performed or anticipated. The Examiner should never issue more than one certificate based on the same examination.

Last updated: Thursday, March 24, 2016