Please try to avoid the following. The number of airmen that are doing the following is gettng excessive and increasing difficult to manage.
1. No-Show. If you can not make your appointment, please notify me ASAP so that I can place another pilot in your appointment.
2. Double Book. Please do not make multiple appointments for an airman medical certification. If I see that you have, I will cancel both appointments. If this hqppens, please call me.
3. FAA MedXpress Confirmation number. Many pilots are coming for their examination and have either forgotten to fill out the 8500, or have not completed one which has been started. You may obtain a Confirmation Number up to 60 days prior to your appointment.
4. Unprepared for your exam. Pilots with Special Issuances, AME Assisted Special Issuances, hypertension, recent surgery, injury, or other mishap can not be immediately certified without presenting with a full copy of all associated medical and imaging records and a Summary Statement from their attending physician in narrative format on letterhead describing your diagnosis, management, medication side-effects, and a release to resume full unrestricted activities. If you come to the office and for any reason you do not have the required documentation, it will be necessary to charge a consultation fee as compensation for my time. Please come prepared. If you have questions about documentation that is required, please call or text me at lease3-4 days prior to the appointment. Thank you for your cooperation.
To prevent any unnecessary delays in the approval, or to prevent the revocation of your certificate, please follow these instructions prior to coming to the office for your medical certification. Most importantly, DO NOT IGNORE THE FAA REQUEST OR PROCRASTINATE in submitting to the FAA precisely what they ask for. Contact me if you have any questions.
1. Ultimately the FAA denies less than 0.1% of applications for medical certification. The largest portion of those denied is due to failure to provide the information requested.
2. If you have been granted a Special Issuance, please bring a copy of the SI, and prior to arriving, please read the requirements stated on the Special Issuance regarding testing, reports, labs, and documents from your treating physician as specified. If this information is due for review during your upcoming physical, bring all of the documentation with you to my office. READ YOUR SPECIAL ISSUANCE CAREFULLY to ensure that you have complied with the letter, i.e., the required exam, summary statement, labs or imaging required as stated. If you arrive without the required documents you will be charged for the examination conducted. Once you return with the required documents, you may be issued your certificate at that time and will be charged a 50.00 Admin fee for the additional visit.
3. If you have experienced a change in your condition since your last physical, please bring any and all documentation, including imaging results, associated with any medical care related to the change in your condition. Additionally, please bring a brief letter from your treating physician stating your current diagnosis, any treatments (including medications) that you have been undergone, and any adverse side-effects that you have experienced. This letter should include a statement from your treating physician regarding further treatments recommended, or a release from care as appropriate.
4. If you visit an Emergency care facility for any complaint AFTER YOUR LAST FAA EXAM, bring a copy of all documents generated during that visit, including physician notes, imaging reports, lab reports, diagnosis, and discharge instructions if you are given such.
5. If you undergoe surgery, are admitted overnight to a hospital or suffer an extended illness of any type for any reason after your last physical, please have a SUMMARY STATEMENT IN NARRATIVE FORM from your physician stating your current condition, a release from care if applicable, and a copy of all hospital records including the admission history and physical, daily notes, surgical note, discharge summary and instructions, as well as current medications, if any.
6. If you have a RECENT history of kidney stones, please bring a cd containing the last imaging accomplished to assertain the status/location/number of stones present. You will also need a letter from your attending physician stating the stability of existing stones, or the absence of any stones.
7. If you are taking medication for hypertension or elevated cholesterol, you should have your PCP accomplish annual lab studies verifying the effectiveness, as well as the absence of adverse side-effects associated with the use of these drugs. I recommend a lipid panel and a complete chemistry panel. Please bring a copy of your most recent lab workup. This MUST be done annually to allow me to issue your certificate.
8. CONFIRMATION NUMBERS ARE VALID FOR 60 DAYS. IF YOUR 8500 HAS BEEN ACCESSED BY ANOTHER AME, I WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR APPLICATION AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ISSUE YOUR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE.
9. IF YOU MISPLACE YOUR CERTIFICATE, YOU MUST REQUEST A COPY FROM THE FAA. A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR MEDICAL IS INVALID.
ARRIVE WITH A CURRENT AND VALID FAA MEDXPRESS CONFIRMATION NUMBER, AND IF YOU WEAR CONTACT LENSES, BE PREPARED TO REMOVE THEM. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A VALID CONFIRMATION, THERE WILL BE A REASONABLE CHARGE ASSESSED, AS THE APPT TIME HAS BEEN WASTED