Important Policy Memorandums
- Policy Memorandum Regarding Color Vision Testing (PDF)
- Policy Memorandum Regarding Yellow Fever Vaccine (PDF)
- Policy Memorandum Regarding Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) Evaluations of Airmen and Air Traffic Control Specialists (ATCS) with a History of COVID-19 (PDF)
Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers
The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. The vaccines produced by Novavax and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen are available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pfizer's Comirnaty and Moderna's Spikevax vaccines are now fully FDA approved.
After careful review of available data regarding safety profiles, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) continues the following policy as both safe and operationally responsive to this unique situation:
Holders of FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, and/or Novavax COVID-19 vaccines; however, a 48-hour no fly/no safety-related duty interval must be observed after each dose. This policy is applicable to both the initial vaccine doses and booster shots.
Individuals holding an FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificate or Medical Clearance are reminded that they are prohibited from performing flight crewmember duties or air traffic control duties if they do not meet medical certification requirements, including those related to adverse events from medications that render them unable to perform such duties. 14CFR61.53 applies to all certificated pilots whether they hold a medical certificate or not.
AAM continues to monitor the situation and will adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety.
Read FAQ on Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers.
FAA MedXPress (online FAA Form 8500-8 application)
FAA MedXPress is a web application pilots must use to submit their certification applicant information (Items 1 through 20) of the FAA Form 8500-8. Pilots need only a valid email address to create a MedXPress account to use FAA MedXPress. MedXPress is designed to expedite the processing of a pilot's request for certification and shorten the pilot's office visit with the AME.
- How to obtain a Medical Certificate
- Request a Copy of Your Medical Certificate
- Locate an AME
- Locate a HIMS (Human Intervention Motivation Study) AME: MS Word, PDF
HIMS AMEs are trained in evaluating airmen for substance- or alcohol-related conditions or other mental conditions. HIMS AMEs can provide sponsorship and monitoring for such conditions when required by the FAA for medical certification purposes.
- Pilot Minute Micro-learning Series
- Questions and Answers
- Over-the-Counter Medications
- Pilot Mental Fitness
- Requesting Medical Records
Drug and Alcohol Program
General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Letter to Pilots
Prompt Settlement Policy Guidance and How To Participate
- Amended Prompt Settlement Policy for Legal Enforcement Actions Involving Medical Certificate Related Fraud, Intentional Falsification, Reproduction, or Alteration effective January 31, 2022
Aviation Medical Examiners
- Information for Aviation Medical Examiner (AMEs)
- Aerospace Medical Certification Subsystem (AMCS) Online Support