Flight Physicals

Arundel Medical Group, Inc.

Primary Care Practice & Chiropractor located in Glen Burnie, MD

If you want to become a pilot, the first step is getting a medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) authorized aviation medical examiner. Fortunately, Arundel Medical Group, Inc. is an authorized provider of flight physicals. To schedule your flight physical, call the office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, or request an appointment online today.

Flight Physicals Q & A

What is an FAA medical certificate?

A medical certificate is a form that provides evidence of your physical and mental fitness. To be a pilot, you must meet certain health standards as determined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

The purpose of an FAA medical certificate is to protect not only you but also any passengers aboard your plane and the general public.

When do I need an FAA medical certificate?

It’s a good idea to get your medical certificate before you start flight training. You need this certificate before you can fly solo in an airplane, helicopter, airship, or gyroplane.

The FAA requires you to have your medical certificate in your possession at all times when exercising any flight privileges for which you hold a license. 

What does a flight exam entail?

Before you arrive at Arundel Medical Group for your flight exam, you must register an account with FAA’s MedXPress system. Your Arundel Medical Group physician reviews the MedXPress electronic form and submits it to the FAA after they complete your exam. When you come in for your exam should also bring any documentation that you have regarding any recent procedures, surgeries, lab work, or underlying conditions you may have. 

During the flight exam, your physician thoroughly reviews your medical history, including medications you take and previous surgeries or hospitalizations. They perform a physical exam, including a hearing and vision test. They also measure your blood pressure and take a urinalysis test. If you’re over age 40, they may also perform an electrocardiogram (EKG). 

What conditions disqualify me from an FAA medical certificate?

The FAA considers certain medical conditions disqualifying. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Epilepsy
  • Angina pectoris
  • Mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder and psychosis
  • Severe personality disorders
  • Clinically significant coronary heart disease
  • Substance abuse or dependence
  • Heart replacement or cardiac valve replacement
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Permanent cardiac pacemaker
  • Diabetes that requires hypoglycemic medications
  • Loss of consciousness or nervous system control without satisfactory explanation

In many cases, the FAA issues medical certification based on periodic reports that confirm these conditions are under control.

Arundel Medical Group, Inc. is an authorized provider of FAA flight physicals. Before you get in the pilot’s seat, schedule an appointment over the phone or request one by using the online booking tool. 

Notes: Please bring with you documentation of any recent procedures or surgeries and progress reports from your treating physician for your underlying disease, including lab. work.