Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners - Application Process for Medical Certification

Exam Techniques and Criteria for Qualification

The Examiner must personally conduct the physical examination. This section provides guidance for completion of Items 21-58 of the Application for Airman Medical Certificate, FAA Form 8500 8.

The Examiner must carefully read the applicant's history page of FAA Form 8500-8 (Items 1-20) before conducting the physical examination and completing the Report of Medical Examination. This alerts the Examiner to possible pathological findings.

The Examiner must note in Item 60 of the FAA Form 8500-8 any condition found in the course of the examination. The Examiner must list the facts, such as dates, frequency, and severity of occurrence.

When a question arises, the Federal Air Surgeon encourages Examiners first to check this Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners and other FAA informational documents. If the question remains unresolved, the Examiner should seek advice from a RFS or the AMCD.

After all routine evaluations and tests are completed, the Examiner should make a complete review of FAA Form 8500-8. If the form is complete and accurate, the Examiner should add final comments, make qualification decision statements, and sign the declaration. The medical history page of FAA Form 8500-8 must be completed in the handwriting of and signed and dated by the applicant. Upon completion of the physical examination, the entire FAA Form 8500-8, Items 1 through 64, must be electronically transmitted to the FAA.

Exam Item(s)

Items 21 to 40 Items 41 to 58
21-22. Height and Weight 41. G-U System
23-24. Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA); SODA Serial Number 42. Upper and Lower Extremities
25. Head, Face, Neck, and Scalp 43. Spine and other Musculoskeletal
26. Nose 44. Identifying Body Marks, Scars, Tattoos
27. Sinuses 45. Lymphatics
28. Mouth and Throat 46. Neurologic
29. Ear 47. Psychiatric Conditions
30. Ear Drums 48. General Systemic
31. Eyes 49. Hearing
32. Ophthalmoscopic 50. Distant Vision
33. Pupils 51. Near and Intermediate Vision
34. Ocular Motility 52. Color Vision
35. Lungs and Chest 53. Field of Vision
36. Heart 54. Heterophoria
37. Vascular System 55. Blood Pressure
38. Abdomen and Viscera 56. Pulse
39. Anus (No Disposition) 57. Urine Test
40. Skin 58. ECG (No Disposition)
Last updated: Monday, November 14, 2022