What is an Aeromedical Examination or an FAA Medical Exam?

A pilot must have a valid medical certificate for flying. The class of the medical certificate depends on the type of flying the pilot intends to do. First class medical certificates are required for airline transport pilots and are valid for 6 months. A second class medical certificate is valid for 1 year and is required for a commercial pilot certificate. The third class medical certificate is required for private or recreational pilot certificate and is valid for 3 years for people less than 40 years in age or otherwise for 2 years. The examinations are more rigorous for a higher class of certificate.

The most common heart conditions that are of aero-medical significance include arrhythmiaatrial fibrillation, coronary heart condition, hypertensionvalvular disease and other cardiac conditions. Only a relatively small number of cardiac conditions are permanent disqualifiers for the medical certification. Pilots are encouraged to get proper evaluation and treatment of their cardiac condition. When the condition is stabilized, AME can consult with FAA to support a possible waiver or special issuance of medical certificate based on detailed evaluation of improvement of the condition after its treatment. If this documentation is favorable, the pilot is granted a special issuance authorization, with periodic follow up testing specified.

HeartPlace has the most advanced and latest diagnostic imaging technologies that enable early detection of cardiovascular diseases. We also have a highly qualified and experienced team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at our state-of-the-art facility to provide comprehensive treatment of your cardiac condition. We can also help you in getting special issuance authorization of medical certificate from FAA if necessary.

HeartPlace Physicians Who Perform This Service:


HeartPlace Plano West has the best cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and vascular surgeons in Plano, TX. 


6124 West Parker Road
Medical Building 3, Suite 536
Plano, Texas 75093

Phone: 972-378-9560

Fax: 844-290-4363

Location Hours: 

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (M-F)


1105 Central Expressway North
Medical Building 2, 3rd Floor, Suite 2330

Allen, Texas 75013

Phone: 972-649-6511

Fax: 844-290-4360

Location Hours: 

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (M-F)


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