Medical Standards

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How to Find a Good Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)

Most pilots have experienced the anxiety and trepidation felt when going to any doctor. This feeling is even more intense when visiting the flight doc for medical clearance. This is why it is so critical for airmen to find a trustworthy Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). [More info on how to […]

CACI or Khakii?

What is a CACI Condition?

Pilots and other aircrew must maintain strict medical standards to be considered fit & healthy to fly airplanes & passengers. Check out this previous post for a full history and explanation on Aeromedical Standards. The FAA has created a useful way for individual Aviation Medical Examiners (AME) to issue a […]

Basic, Senior, & Chief USAF Flight Surgeon Wings

Building a USAF Flight Surgeon: A New Approach to Training

How does one become a USAF Flight Surgeon you may ask? The recipe is simple. Step 1: Meet the appropriate licensing requirements to practice medicine. Step 2. Join the USAF as a commissioned officer. Step 3. Complete the USAF Aerospace Medicine & Aircrew training requirements.     Below is an […]

Important Dates: FAA Certificate Extensions for COVID19

Important Dates: FAA Certificate Extensions for COVID19

Some important dates are approaching and both pilots and AME’s need to be aware. Due to the COVID19 pandemic and challenges accessing medical care, the FAA has modified the standard medical certification process. Within the larger FAA COVID-related regulatory relief policy, there exists a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR 118-1) that […]

CoV-19: Frighteningly beautiful

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 […]

AOPT

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 […]

General Charles "Chuck" Yeager

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 […]

Pilot Education: LASER Exposure & Eye Injury

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 […]

Capt (Dr) Dave Prakash

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 […]

Aeromedical Standards & Fitness for Flight

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 […]