Aeromedical Standards

Aeromedical Standards

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It’s no secret that pilots don’t look forward to medical appointments. Every exam, test or random medical opinion can spell the immediate end (or at least a major complication) to the aviator’s career. For this reason, the importance of a trusting relationship between a pilot and his/her physician cannot be overstated. 

Pilots are continually judged by a number of civilian or military immutable aeromedical standards. If they no longer meet a standard, they will require some type of waiver to continue flying duties. The process to be granted a waiver can take months. In some cases, a waiver is not granted and a pilot’s flying career can be over. This is obviously terrifying to a person who has dedicated their life and identity to aviation.

In this section, you will find posts meant to educate the flyer and create a forum for discussion to provide peace of mind on an anxiety-provoking topic – AEROMEDICAL STANDARDS.

FAA Medical Certification during COVID19 Pandemic

In light of the recent Coronavirus Pandemic, the FAA has permitted airmen to continue flying with expired medical certificates thru 30 June 2020. This ONLY applies to airmen who were current as of 1 Mar 2020. And if an airman experiences symptoms of a new medical condition, they must still

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Phiz Biz: GFM Partners with USAF Aerospace Physiologists

Phiz Biz (a clever play on Physiology Business) is a monthly newsletter produced by the USAF Aerospace and Operational Physiology Flight at Peterson AFB in Colorado.  The team started this tradition back in 2008 and continues to consistently publish it to this day.  The monthly articles are currently being written by SSgt

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Too Old to Fly? – Age Limits & Waivers for Military Pilots

Recently, I’ve been asked several times about age limits to become a pilot in the US Air Force. Age is actually not considered a ‘medical’ standard.  In the USAF, flight surgeons use a hefty document, titled the ‘Medical Standards Directory’ (MSD) to determine if pilots and other special duty personnel

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Pilot Education: LASER Exposure & Eye Injury

LASER exposure continues to be an increasingly frequent problem in both military and civilian aviation.  Typically, these exposures arise from people pointing green commercial LASERs directly at flying aircraft.       The FAA has been tracking the number of LASER incidents since 2005. This number has been increasing every

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The USAF Pilot-Physician Program

I have been thoroughly blessed to serve as an active member of the USAF Pilot Physician Program (PPP) officially since 2008 but unofficially since 2002, when I entered pilot training as a “former flight surgeon”.  Although the USAF Pilot Physician Program was officially created in 1954, the legacy of medical

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Aeromedical Standards & Fitness for Flight

Aerospace Medicine is essentially a branch of occupational medicine. Unlike traditional medical disciplines where a patient in a normal environment experiences abnormal diseases and pathology, occupational medicine often provides medical services to patients of normal health and physiology in an abnormal environment. There are a variety of industries in which workers

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