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Air surgeon offers tips to speed medical certification

In this FAA Pilot Minute video, Dr. Susan Northrup, the federal air surgeon, prescribes a few easy but important steps you can take to facilitate this important task.

  • Be sure each page you submit is legible and includes your name, the date, and any identification numbers assigned in letters from the FAA.
  • Make sure your contact information is current in the FAA’s MedXPress system.
  • Be certain that all letters including summaries from physicians are signed and dated.
  • Check your information packet to assure that it includes all information the FAA requested.
  • Keep copies of everything you send.
  • Review the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners to determine what’s required for each diagnosis.

More assistance is available from your aviation medical examiner, regional fight surgeon, or AOPA’s medical resources.

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